save the dates: May 16-17, 2019

Coordinated by Promega Corporation and the BTC Institute, the International Forum on Consciousness offers a lively two days of information-sharing and discussion regarding important – and often challenging – topics. Launched in 2010, the Forum has focused on exploring dimensions of consciousness.

This has involved looking into various realms, pushing the envelope at times, while remaining centered on engaging our audience and our speakers. We have been guided through consciousness topics, including creativity, near death, entheogens, intelligence in nature, business evolution and the effects of sensory inputs.

As we continue to examine the facets of consciousness, this year we explored the newest emerging technologies for looking into the phenomenon of consciousness, e.g., sleep, wakefulness, altered states, focused attention, and coma. We asked the question: How might our ability to better measure consciousness create opportunities to improve human function, resolve disease states, and keep the brain/mind healthier throughout all stages of life?


Heather Berlin, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Weill Cornell Medicine/NY Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Neurological Surgery, Sackler Brain and Spine Institute, New York, NY

Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow, Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., President, Institute of Tibetan Classics; Adjunct Professor, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, McGill School of Religious Studies, Montreal, Quebec; Principal English Translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Christof Koch, Ph.D., Chief Scientist & President, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, WA

Nicholas D. Schiff, M.D., The Jerold B. Katz Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute & Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College; Co-director, CASBI, the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Franz Vollenweider, M.D., FMH Psych., Co-Director for Psychiatric Research, Department of Psychiatry. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics; Director, Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain Imaging & Heffter Research Center; University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.


William Linton, President & CEO, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI (Welcome & Closing Remarks)

Penny Patterson, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications Services, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI (Presentations Moderator)

Steve Paulson, Executive Producer, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio and Public Radio International, Madison, WI (Panel Moderator)

musicians & immersion artists

Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band
Tani Diakite
Laura Flanagan
Lisa O’Connor, Integrative Practices Specialist, Promega Corporation
Stephanie Steigerwaldt
Djam Vivie

The developers of the Forum have consistently shown they are willing to consider complex existential questions with not only an open-mind, but from a multitude of perspectives and with revolutionary approaches to the exploration of consciousness. In the years I have attended, I have heard talks by many world class speakers from scientists to philosophers, and environmentalists to poets. Their passion for understanding the universe and our relationship to it attracts a body of like-minded attendees who are the core of this Forum.”

- Dave Peterson, Executive Director, Compass Healing, Stillwater, MN


Darby & Bruce Fetzer – silver
Karen & Craig Christianson – bronze
Karin Borgh & bill christofferson – bronze
LOCATION: BioParmaceutical Technology Center, 5445 East Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI