may 16-17, 2024

The Many Facets of Love: Understanding Consciousness and Connection

This year’s conference delves into love’s many dimensions through neuroscience, mindfulness, literature, philosophy, AI, and indigenous perspectives. It includes keynotes, panels, and experiential sessions by renowned experts, aiming to explore, experience, and celebrate love, nurturing a journey towards a conscious, connected, and compassionate society. How do we define something as nebulous as “love”?

Dates: may 16-17, 2024


REGISTRATION: The fee is $300 and covers the full event, including breakfast, lunch and receptions both days.

scholarship information

Are you Interested in serving as a forum sponsor? please contact Karin Borgh for more information.


2023 VIDEOS   NOTE: Please scroll down after you’ve opened thIS link for video links to all archived talks and panel discussions for 201o-2023.


confirmed presenters

Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph,D., Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center; Associate Professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences; School of Public Health and Psychiatry, Brown University, Providence, RI

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA

Austin Serio, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer | Chicoran Shakori, ShockTalk, New York, NY

Andreas Weber, Ph.D., Biologist, Philosopher and Writer, Berlin, Germany

… check back soon for additions …


Bill 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


background information

Coordinated by the BTC Institute, Promega Corporation and Usona 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. Nature, Earth and Humanity: The Evolution of Connection continues this journey.

VIDEO LIBRARY (2010-2019, 2021)
ARCHIVE: Event brochures, abstracts & video links: 2016-2019, 2021