Insight Conference

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
Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Molecular Neuroimaging, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany (Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit)
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Prof. Dr. Kim Kuypers
Maastricht University, Fac. of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dept. of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Assistant Professor
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Prof. Dr. med., FMH Psych. Franz X. Vollenweider
Chief psychiatrist and Co-Director Center for Psychiatric Research, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics, University of Zürich
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Dr. Matthias Liechti
University Hospital Basel
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Dr. Katrin Preller
University of Zurich
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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

If you want to check out all talks, panel discussions, and round tables, please take a look at the INSIGHT 2019 Youtube playlist.


Essential questions: psychedelics, death, and dying
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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Join us for Insight 2021

September 9th - 12th

If these impressions have inspired you, INSIGHT 2021 welcomes an even larger variety of experts from the fields of medicine, neuroscience, psychotherapy, philosophy, social and political sciences, public health, and policymaking as well as a bigger audience both onsite and online.

Join us for fascinating discussions and help us move from science to implementation of psychedelic states!

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