Announcing: 17th International Forum on Consciousness

Means and Metrics for Detecting and Measuring Consciousness

Speakers on stage during last year's conference.

Panel speakers from last year’s Forum on Consciousness.

A diverse panel of thought leaders in neuroscience and consciousness, from the chief scientist and president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science to the principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will explore Means and Metrics for Detecting and Measuring Consciousness at the 17th International Forum on Consciousness May 17–18, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin.  Presenters will discuss emerging technologies for looking into the phenomenon of consciousness such as sleep, wakefulness, altered states, focused attention, and coma. The Forum will ask how the ability to better measure consciousness may create opportunities to improve human function, resolve disease states, and keep the brain/mind healthier throughout all stages of life.

WHAT: The International Forum on Consciousness is a yearly event dedicated to information-sharing and discussion regarding important—and often challenging—topics related to the exploration of consciousness. It is co-hosted by the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute) and Promega Corporation.

WHEN: May 17-18, 2018

WHERE: BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, Promega Corporation, 5445 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711

REGISTRATION: The International Forum on Consciousness is open to the general public but limited to 300 participants. Registration is $265 and there are a limited number of scholarships available to assist with the cost. Forum registrants also have the opportunity to join a presenter for a small group discussion over dinner on Thursday evening, May 17 for an additional $90. For more information or to register, visit


  • Attendees at 2016 forum during break.

    Conference attendees break for lunch and discussion at last year’s forum.

    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.

About the BTC Institute

The BTC Institute is a not-for-profit organization operated exclusively for educational, scientific and cultural purposes. Learn more about its K–12 programs, scientific course offerings, and annual educational forums and symposia at

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Karin Borgh, PhD is the Executive Director of the BTC Institute.

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