Conference – 'The Science of Consciousness'

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 11:00pm

"The Science of Consciousness" is the world's largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the nature of conscious awareness, feelings and existence. These include how the brain produces consciousness, how consciousness can causally affect brain processes, the best empirical theories, do we have free will, evolution of life and consciousness, the origins of moral and aesthetic values, how to improve mental, physical and cognitive function and whether consciousness can persist after bodily death through 'uploading' to machines, or via mental processes tied to the structure of reality. These and other relevant questions are approached through many disciplines in science, philosophy, business, the arts and contemplative practices.

The 2018 conference will consist of plenary talk sessions, concurrent talk sessions, posters, technology and art exhibits, social events, entertainment, pre-conference workshops and satellite excursions.

Abstract submissions are invited for consideration for plenary and concurrent talks, posters and exhibits. Deadline for abstracts is Dec. 1.

2018 conference themes will include:

  • Are We Living in a Matrix-like Simulation?
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Consciousness Consciousness, Pain and Addiction
  • Gene Editing and Consciousness
  • Binding, Integration and Synthesis of Consciousness
  • Brain Mapping and the Connectome
  • Anterior and Posterior Cortex: What's "Hot" and What's Not?
  • Anesthetic and Psychoactive Drugs
  • Language and Consciousness
  • Non-Invasive Brain Modulation
  • Origin and Evolution of Life and Consciousness
  • Panpsychism, Idealism and Spacetime Geometry
  • Quantum Brain Biology
  • Time, Free Will and Consciousness

The conference began at the UA in 1994 and returns to Tucson in even-numbered years, alternating with TSC conferences around the globe, including in Italy, Denmark, Japan, Hungary, Hong Kong, Sweden, Czech Republic, India and, most recently, Helsinki in 2015. 

See the website for event details and workshop times. 

Workshops $50-$75; Registration $450-$550
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Dr.
Tucson, AZ
United States
contact info & links
UA Center for Consciousness Studies
Contact Person: 
Abi Behar Montefiore
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Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact, Abi Behar Montefiore.