ISCR 2024


2nd Annual Conference
June 19-23, 2024
Padova, Italy

Day Passes Available!

We are pleased to announce the availability of day passes for our conference. Please note the following details:

  • Limited Availability: The number of day passes is limited.
  • Single Day Access: The pass is valid for one day only. However, if you find the conference interesting, you can attend the other days at the Final/On-Site Fee, deducting the amount already paid for the day pass.
  • Date Selection: You need to choose a specific date at the time of registration.
  • Price: €60 +VAT.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us and explore engaging discussions and presentations. If you are interested in getting a day pass, please email


Embodied Cognition and Intersubjectivity in Uncertain Times: Interdisciplinary Frameworks for Contemplative Research and Education

ISCR is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Conference in Padova, Italy, June 19 – 23, 2024.

The conference is a joint effort, brought to life by a vibrant collaboration among the International Society for Contemplative ResearchMind and Life Europe, the Italian Buddhist Union Research Center and the University of Padova (Contemplative Studies Post-graduate Program).

This second annual conference aims to foster the emerging field of Contemplative Research through a rich interdisciplinary dialogue that brings together the clinical and neurosciences, philosophy, religious studies, psychology, developmental science and education, in the fully enculturated and intellectually rigorous study and integration of the profound insights of the world’s prominent contemplative traditions. Our focus is to delve together into pathways for scholarly research through emerging approaches such as “Embodied Cognition”. Since the nineties, embodied cognition has combined cognitive science, philosophy, and psychology to challenge the model of the disembodied brain as a mere computer. Instead of the “brain-as-computer model,” embodied cognition presents a yoking of the brain and the physical body interacting with its environments to produce meaning in the world. Meaning-creation is a key element in the social interactions that constitute our intersubjective worlds. Hence the individual is in a constantly changing matrix of interdependent relationships that flow but retain coherence amidst flux. In our conference, we shall explore the various ways of promoting embodied cognition and fostering our understanding of intersubjectivity through contemplative practices across diverse cultures and traditions.

Our program features discussions with individual speakers, interdisciplinary dialogues, and panel discussions with leading scholars and researchers. These interactions are designed to spark collective inquiry into how contemplative research and a critical first-person perspective can enrich our understanding of human interconnectedness and add depth to our approach to life’s complexities with scientific rigor and culturally aware scholarship.


The University of Padova

Padova is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, which since the 13th century has seen a constant flow of eminent professors from the scientific world, such as Pietro d’Abano, Nicolò Copernico, William Harvey, Andrea Vesalio, Gabriele Falloppio, Galileo Galilei, Fabrizio d’Acquapendente and Giovan Battista Morgagni, to mention just a few.

The University of Padova takes pride in having established the first European botanical garden, the “Orto dei Semplici” (1545), the first permanent anatomical theatre in the world, the “Teatro Anatomico”(1595), and the first Italian University Library, the “Sala dei Giganti” (1629). Moreover, in 1678 the “Sacro Collegio dei filosofi e medici” (Holy University College of Philosophers and Physicians) awarded the first university degree in the world to a woman, the noble Venetian Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia.

Key Dates

Conference Start: June 19, 2024
Conference End: June 23, 2024

Program Committee

Harold D. Roth


Brown University

Chiara Mascarello

Co Chair

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Marieke van Vugt

Co Chair

University of Groningen

Emma Bano

Italian Buddhist Union Research Center

Laura Candiotto

University of Pardubice, Czech Republic

Marcello Ghilardi

University of Padova

Anne Heyrman-Hart

Brown University

Gábor Karsai

Dharma Gate Buddhist College, Budapest (Alt.)

Sahib Khalsa

University of Tulsa (Alt.)

Francesco Tormen

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Dave Vago

Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Amy Cohen Varela

Mind and Life Europe (Alt.)

Logo Placement Explained

  • Sponsors: Institutions that have sponsored the conference, helping to make it possible.
  • ISCR Partners: Institutions that have collaborated with ISCR in the planning, organising and funding of the conference.
  • Endorsements: Planning Committee Members’ Institutional affiliations.

2024 Sponsors

ISCR Partners