CFA: TSC 2018 Tuscon

‘The Science of Consciousness’ Conference – April 2-7, 2018

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort – Tucson, Arizona


Call for Abstracts and Pre-Registration

The Science of Consciousness (‘TSC’) is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation, altered states, machine consciousness, the nature of reality, culture and experiential phenomenology. Held annually since 1994, the conference is hosted by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and alternates yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world.  The next ‘TSC’, The Science of Consciousness, will be April 2-7, 2018 in Tucson Arizona at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort co-hosted with the University of Michigan, Center for Consciousness Science.  See website for


2018 Conference Themes:

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Consciousness | Anesthetic and Psychoactive Drugs |Consciousness, Pain and Addiction | Perceptual Integration and Disintegration |Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Where, When, and How? | Language and Consciousness Brain Mapping and the Connectome | Origin and Evolution of Life and Consciousness | Panpsychism and Idealism | Brain, Photons and Entanglement | Gene Editing and Consciousness | Are We Living in a Simulation?


2018 Plenary Speakers to include:

Robert Alfano | Tom Bever | Jimo Borjigin | Robin Carhart-Harris | David Chalmers | Noam Chomsky | Deepak Chopra | Travis Craddock | Bruce Damer | Roderic Eckenhoff  | George Ellis | Charles Fernyhough | Steven Gullans | Stuart Hameroff | David Hanson | Lucien Hardy | Anthony Hudetz | Riny Huijbregts | Stuart Kauffman | Hakwan Lau | Bruce Maciver | George Mashour | Hedda Hassel Morch | Andrea Moro | Julia Mossbridge | Uta Noppenay | Robert Pearce | Massimo Piattelle Palmarini | Steen Rasmussen | Anil Seth | Ladan Shams | Christoph Simon | John David Smith| Sophia the Robot | Galen Strawson | Todd Vanderah | Sara Walker | Paul Werbos |


General Conference Schedule

Workshops                                       Monday, April 2 and Tuesday April 3

Opening Session:                            Tuesday April 3, 2018:  1:45 pm

Plenary Sessions:                            Tuesday through Saturday:   April 3-7

Concurrent Sessions:                      Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: April 3, 4, 6 (5:00-7:25 pm)

Posters Sessions:                             Wednesday and Friday: April 4 and April 6

Art-Tech Exhibits:                            Wednesday and Friday: April 4 and April 6

Welcome Reception:                       Tuesday:  April 3 (7:00 pm)

Optional Dinner/Show:                  Thursday: April 5 (6:00 – 10:00 pm)

Exhibit Receptions                           Wednesday and Friday:  April 4 and April 6

Poetry Slam/Zombie Blues:            Friday: April 6 (10:00 pm – 12:00am)

Saturday Party:                                 Saturday: April 7 (8:00 – xxx) End of Consciousness Party



The Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson

The Center for Consciousness Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


TSC 2018 Program Committee                                                                                             

Chair: Stuart Hameroff

Co-Chairs: Tom Bever, George Mashour

John JB Allen, Harald Atmanspacher, Abi Behar-Montefiore, Betsy Bigbee, Alvin Clark, Eve Isham, Mary Peterson, James Tagg,

Erik Viirre, Nancy Woolf, Jay Sanguinetti, Paavo Pylkkanen



Registration and Abstract Submission

Now Accepting Pre-Registration and Abstracts

Online Abstract Submission system 

Conference Registration Payment System

The Online Payment Section will be open after November 1


Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel Link –  Hotel Link Now OPEN 

Special rate for conference registrants only.

Early rate $109 / night, based on availability, before February 17



December 15 – General Conference Abstracts Deadline

November 1 – December 15 – General Conference & Workshop Abstract Notifications

December 1 – Early Registration Deadline

February 15 – Final Program and Abstract Revisions


Registration Fees

Standard                                $550

Students                                 $450

Seniors/Alumni/Spouse       $450

Workshops                               $50-$75 (will post by November 15)

Thurs. Dinner                           $75 optional


Registration Includes:

Tuesday Welcome Reception

Wednesday and Friday Posters/Exhibits Evening Receptions

Saturday Closing party dinner, music



Links to Recent TSC Plenary Sessions and Interviews


Recent Programs and Abstract Books

2017 TSC Abstracts, Program Book

2016 TSC Abstracts, Program Book

2014 TSC Abstracts, Program Book



Abi Behar Montefiore

tel: 520-621-9317


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