Mind Altering Science conference



The Mind Altering Science conference was organized by the OPEN Foundation on 23 and 24 October 2010 at the University of Amsterdam. With researchers and therapists from a wide variety of academic disciplines, this event was dedicated to the exploration of a broad range of subjects. From addiction treatment to psychotherapy with the aid of psychedelics, from the neurobiology of ayahuasca to the social, ritual and legal implications of its use, and from human psychopharmacology research and the exploration of exceptional mind states to new views on the legalization of psychedelic substances.

A very sincere and honest THANK YOU goes out to all those that made this conference happen. Up to 450 visitors showed up during the weekend, which surpassed our highest expectations. Many interesting presentations and a great diversity of scientific disciplines, topics, substances and angles. An interested and intelligent young crowd, experts from all fields, researchers, students, scholars and the occasional psychonaut made this event truly special.

Articles on the conference in Dutch national newspapers Trouw (29 Oct. ’10) and Spits (22 Oct. ’10) are some examples of the media attention attracted by this event. Photos and videos of the conference can be found using the menu at the top. Also see the Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research (ICPR 2012) website for more information on our second international conference which took place in the Mozeskerk in Amsterdam on the 6th and 7th of October 2012.