Save the Dates: May 20-22, 2020


Global society faces unprecedented change, in living conditions, economic displacement, information and technology, and our natural environment. On one hand, we have seen amazing social evolution over the decades with technology allowing the individual to stay connected to families, information, and all points global.  And yet with this pervasive means of connection we find profound loneliness, isolation, and an epidemic of depression and suicide. How can we make the connections that support a mutual flourishing?

We will examine the kinds of connections that transcend our individual selves, and reach our inner desire to be part of an interconnected world… perhaps to transform our current sense of the individual, community, and society, from independent to interdependent. More specifically, we will examine connection across the primary aspects of our lives – with:

  • Self, and the many selves in our amazing neural networks
  • Others, and the multiple communities we intersect
  • Nature, and the breadth of life forms that surround us

This year’s forum is designed not only to broaden curiosity, but to appreciate the energy that can only emerge with connection. It’s our attempt to leave attendees with more questions than they came in with and to provide methods to cultivate connection and make ourselves and our planet more alive, healthier and happier.

fees: the registration fee is $295.  For an additional $95, you can join a presenter’s table for dinner on thursday evening. a limited number of partial and full scholarships will be available.

schedule: The Forum will begin late afternoon on WEdnesday, May 20th and conclude mid-afternoon on Friday, May 22nd.

Wednesday details: Join us in starting this year’s forum with a meaningful connection to self through music in community on Wednesday evening in the BTC Auditorium!
Born from and for this time, the music of Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig nourishes the heart and soul. Their live music and sound immersive experience is a conduit to an elemental life force that provides a potent opportunity to step out of the linear, ordinary modes of consciousness and into the vast realms of the mythic imagination. 
This concert is free of charge to registrants.   Doors will open for check-in and a reception at 4:30, with the 90-minute concert to begin promptly at 5:30.  The event will conclude with wine and chocolates in the Atrium.
more details for 2020 coming soon! registration will be activated on January 29th.
background information

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. Consciousness of Connection – Awakening from Despair to Awe continues this journey.

2019 abstracts
2019 videos
confirmed presenters

Heather Berlin, DPhil, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

Michael J. Gelb, Author, Motivational Speaker, Consultant, Juggler; Sleepy Hollow, NY

Daniel Siegel, M.D., Founding Co-Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC); Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; Editor-in-Chief, Norton Professional Series in Interpersonal Neurobiology; Co-Investigator, UCLA Center for Culture, Brain & Development, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Rosalind Watts, Ph.D., Clinical Lead Psychologist, Centre for Psychedelic Research, Imperial College London, London, UK

Andreas Weber, Ph.D., Writer and Independent Scholar, Berlin, Germany


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

Penny Patterson, Vice President, Communications, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI

Steve Paulson, Executive Producer, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio and PRX, Madison WI

musicians & immersion artists

Steve Roach
Byron Metcalf
Mark Seelig

The Forum ended up being a monumental event in my life. By meeting more people and gaining information, I now have a much better grasp on what I want to study and how I would like to apply myself in society to change it for the better. ”

- 2019 feedback from an undergraduate student

The Forum was a tremendous experience. It was inspiring, educational, and practical. I feel more informed about the state of psychedelics as a medicine (and beyond) … and perhaps most importantly, I left feeling newly invigorated about the potential we collectively have to have transformational impact in this space. It was an enormous "shot in the arm" on a number of different levels. ”

- 2019 feedback from a self-described "entrepreneur and aspiring therapist"


Bruce & darby fetzer – silver
Karen & Craig Christianson – bronze
Karin Borgh & bill christofferson – bronze
tim erdman | erdman arts – bronze
audrey & Rick Langer – bronze


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