Insight 2019

September 5-7

Integrating Science and Practice of Psychedelic States

INSIGHT 2019 provided a platform for discussion and cooperation between researchers, practitioners, and the public. Some of the leading questions were:

How can we shape a rational, evidence-based and legal future for the professional application of psychedelic states?

How can potential harms and ethical ambivalence be avoided?

What kind of practices can support potential benefits of psychedelic states?

The conference came with four tracks: Research, Therapy, Philosophy, and Public Health. Next to classic keynotes we also hosted expert panels, round tables with audience participation, poster sessions, opportunities for audience experimentation and a social program with art and music.

A selection of speakers 2019

  • Prof. Dr. med. Gerhard Gründer
    Prof. Dr. med. Gerhard Gründer

    Professor of Psychiatry

    Department of Molecular Neuroimaging, Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim

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  • Prof. Dr. David Nutt

    Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology

    Imperial College London, Division of Brain Sciences

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  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Liechti

    Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Internal Medicine

    University Hospital, Basel

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  • Dr. Katrin Preller
    Dr. Katrin Preller

    Senior Researcher, Psychologist, and Neuroscientist

    University of Zürich and Yale University

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  • Prof. Dr. Matthew Johnson
    Prof. Dr. Matthew Johnson

    Susan Hill Ward Professor of Psychedelics & Consciousness Research

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Round Table with Dr. Henrik Jungaberle, Prof. Dr. Matthias Liechti, Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger: Key Topics for the Re-Evaluation of Psychedelic States in Science, Therapy and Culture

The first of five moderated discussions that took place at INSIGHT 2019 will explore the larger picture of the current research on psychedelics and psychedelic states. Why is this new academic and non-academic research happening, who are the actors and which people, state institutions and non-academic organizations seek agency and influence? Questions will be raised that include clinical, scientific and cultural aspects.

Dr. Rosalind Watts: Accept, Connect, Embody: A Psychedelic Therapy Framework – Dr. Rosalind Watts

Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger: Is a rational & evidence-based enculturation of the psychedelic experience possible?

Dr. Henrik Jungaberle: Re-Evaluation of Psychedelics: Challenges for Science, Therapy & Public Health

The complete INSIGHT 2019 Youtube playlist


Dr. Rosalind Watts: Accept, Connect, Embody: A Psychedelic Therapy Framework – Dr. Rosalind Watts

Rolf Verres & Andrea Jungaberle

Breath as a tool for self-exploration in altered states of consciousness

Simona Rakusa, Marijan Bernadic, and Lili Vasquez-Mock

Cooperation or Competition? Defining common ground for psychedelic research associations in Europe

Marco Aqil & Filip Bromberg

Introduction to the microphenomenological interview

Emily Hammon & Raphaël Millière

Introduction to Beyond Experience: The MIND Foundation Program

Regina Hess & David Heuer

Psychotherapeutic methods and strategies for integrating altered states of consciousness

Karl-Josef Theine & Ingmar Gorman

Insight 2019 Report

More than 600 researchers, clinicians, and members of the public jointly participated in discussions with international experts and young researchers at INSIGHT 2019. The conference also hosted a variety of interactive performances and workshops, exploring consciousness and therapeutical methods through art and experience. Please feel free to read through our official report and find more impressions, in-depth information and pictures.

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