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 a range of topics, including creativity, near death, entheogens, intelligence in nature, business evolution, the effects of sensory inputs and ways of detecting and measuring consciousness.

This year’s Forum continues the journey. The latest research in psychedelic therapy suggests the potential for a transformation in how we approach treatment of depression, anxiety and certain forms of mental anguish. Early results show that a single dose in combination with preparation and follow-up could have an impact long after the substance has left the body. As research is taken into broader clinical trials, questions remain around what exactly happens that facilitates such a transformation. And, if it’s really this impactful, how will a treatment of this nature scale to meet the dramatic need in our world?

please note: the registration fee is $275.  There is also an option to join a presenter’s table for dinner on Thursday evening for an additional fee of $90.


thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we have a limited number of Partial & full scholarships available: scholarship application

2018 videos

Heidi L. Allen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University, New York, NY

Robin L. Carhart-Harris, Ph.D., Head of Psychedelic Research, Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Division of Brain Sciences, Faulty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Tania de Jong, AM, Singer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO, Creative Universe, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Adam Halberstadt, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., Vice President, Research, Health Policy and Abuse Liability, Pinney Associates, Bethesda, MD & Professor, Adjunct, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

John D. McCorvy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Stevens Rehen, Ph.D., Chief of Scientific Programs and Outreach, D’Or Research and Education Institute (IDOR); Full Professor, Biomedical Sciences Institute, Universidad e Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Will Siu, M.D., DPhil, Psychiatrist, New York, NY

Craig A. Vercruysse, MBA, Partner, Moss Adams, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Bennet Zelner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business. University of Maryland, College Park, MD


William Linton, President & CEO, Promega Corporation; President, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute; Co-Founder & Executive Director, Usona Institute, Madison, WI (Welcome & Closing Remarks)

Penny Patterson, Vice President, Communications, 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)

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


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