The Beyond the Brain conference series

Beyond the Brain is the world’s premier conference series exploring research on whether and how consciousness and mind extend beyond the physical brain and body. The conferences were initiated at St John’s College, Cambridge in 1995, by the Scientific & Medical Network (SMN) with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). Over the years, we have covered a wide range of topics that cover the frontiers of consciousness research.

This year we are collaborating with the Alef Trust, Watkins Books and The Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences (AAPS) to explore science and spiritual practices, the boundary between neuroscience and mystical experience, transpersonal psychology, psychedelics and the brain, after-death communication, and consciousness in relation to the brain and the universe.

Testimonials from previous Beyond the Brain conferences

"I think the weekend experience was wonderful, a great balance of scientific data and experience. While people were able to have their own experience with meditation, relaxation and out of body journeys. Truly a wonderful week end, which broadened the mind and linked into the stream of consciousness. Thank you."

"I was struck by the number of comparatively young people attending who came from various parts of the world and were studying for a distance-learning degree in transpersonal psychology. A good sign for the future."

"The live streaming was very good value speaking as someone who lives in Scotland. It was uplifting to be joined with so many other like minded people. It reinforced my belief that Spirituality and Science are two sides of the same coin."

"The Scientific and Medical conference is a wonderful opportunity to access a platform of knowledge and learning on matters mystical and scientific for seekers , professionals and academics alike . One can explore and debate with like minded individuals and much of the content is at the new frontiers of research and inquiry in these concepts which are difficult to locate or access in the public discourse."

Beyond the Brain 2019 – Short Video (2.5mins)