The 2017 SSE Conference

The 36th annual SSE Conference will take place June 14-17, 2017, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale offers us a beautiful campus, good meeting spaces and many close by amenities. Our online conference registration will be handled by Yale this year.

When you register for conference, you will also be able to register for the Yale dorm rooms reserved for the SSE (see more below) and Yale meal plans if you choose. Rooms at the nearby Marriott hotel are available as an alternative. Registration will close on May 31st. After that date you will need to register at the door. If you don't wish to register online, you can mail in this manual registration form.


Conference Registration

Register online for the SSE Conference (and reserve Yale dorm)

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Courtyard Marriott

Book a room at the Marriott (instead of Yale dorms) at the SSE rate.

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Become a Member

Join SSE for a discount on conference registration fees.

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The theme for this year will be Expanding the Boundaries of Science.

Those of us interested in the rigorous study of scientific anomalies have been stymied by the strictures and assumptions of the dominant materialistic scientific paradigm. And so at least two questions challenge us: what parts of the scientific enterprise need reformulation; and the more difficult problem, how might we need to think differently about the way the world works?

Program Highlights

  • Our 2nd bi-annual Founders Lecture
  • Special thematic sessions on Near Death Experiences/Survival; Healing; Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation
  • An informational talk on the Institute for Venture Science’s opportunities for funding
  • Panel discussions (in progress)
  • A Post-Conference Research Workshop on Anomalies of Foucault’s Pendulum and Other Similar Devices

Invited speakers to date (titles and details of talks will follow soon)

Founders Lecture

Brenda Dunne – PEAR; ICRL

Near Death Experiences/Survival

Jeffrey Long – Near Death Experience Research Foundation

Ed Kelly – University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies


Jim Oschman – author of “Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis”

Rick Leskowicz – Harvard Medical School

Bill Bengston – President, SSE
Biological Effects of EMF

Martin Blank – Columbia University

Martin Pall – University of Washington

Jerry Pollack – University of Washington; Institute for Venture Science

Post Conference Workshop

Rene Verreault - “Anomalies of Foucault’s Pendulum and Similar Devices”

Call for Papers

Full members who are interested in presenting a talk at the conference can send an abstract and bio to Bill Bengston, at [email protected]. Associate members must have their presentation sponsored by a full member. Please limit your abstract and bio to about 300 words, using Ariel font size 11. No submission should be longer than 1 page. The deadline for submission is April 15th.

 Some authors may prefer to present their work as a poster presentation. Poster presentations provide an interactive one-on-one discussion of work completed. A short synopsis of the motivation, methodology, outcomes, and conclusions should be included on the poster, with emphasis placed on the outcomes of work completed. For posters, an abstract should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the paper submission process and indicate the preference for a poster presentation. Titles and abstracts for contributed papers should be emailed to the Poster Program Chair: Chantal Toporow ([email protected]). Electronic submission is required. The Title should be short and informative. Please include Author name and Affiliation, and contact information. Abstracts should be 300 to 500 words (one page of single spaced text), and should summarize the main points of the poster presentation. Plain text as the body of the e-mail is preferred. If special formatting is required for intelligibility, please submit a Word document. Note that student submissions must be sponsored by Full members. (Full members do not require sponsorship.) The conference committee intends to partner meritorious poster submitters with SSE full members in similar research fields. If accepted, the poster board shall measure 1m width and 2m height. We do NOT provide the poster boards. We advise to print the posters beforehand and bring them with you and we will supply tape to mount your posters. The cut off date for abstract submissions for the posters is April 15, 2017. Authors will be notified of the review result (i.e., acceptance or rejection) and any applicable comments, by May 1st, 2017.

FOR STUDENTS: The SSE has established an Aspiring Explorers Prize for the student research project judged to be the most original and well-executed submission. A committee has been established to review all entries and determine the winner, who will receive an award of $500 and have the opportunity to present a talk describing the project at next year's annual meeting, for which the Society will cover the student's registration fee. If your paper is selected for the Aspiring Explorer Award, you will be invited to present your talk at the meeting, otherwise, you will be able to submit your paper as a poster session. Please let your fellow student colleagues and professors know. In addition, the SSE is also be offering a 50% discount on future meeting registrations for any student member who brings one other student friend to our conferences. We are eager to see student clubs or SSE discussion groups established at various academic institutions or in local communities. Feel free to contact us to start your own group at [email protected] (C.M. Chantal Toporow, Ph.D., SSE Education Officer).

Conference Accommodations

There are two lodging venues arranged by the SSE. Book your accommodations early - New Haven is very busy during June and other accommodations might be hard to find.

Option 1: Yale Dorms in Baker Hall
This arrangement includes single bed dorm rooms. Each room is connected to a center kitchenette and bath-one room is on either side of the shared kitchenette and bath. Pricing is $95 per night. We have 42 rooms reserved for the SSE. Yale housing registration may be done when registering for the conference. Rates are available for reservations from June 12 through June 20. Please note that rooms will be available until May 21st on a first come basis.

We can not add any rooms to this block so please make your reservations early.


Option 2: Courtyard Marriott New Haven at Yale
There is a limited block of rooms being held for SSE conference participants at the Courtyard Marriott, within walking distance of the Yale campus. These rooms have a discounted rate of $159/night for a king bed and $165/night for two queen beds. These rates are available for reservations from June 12 through June 19.

On-site parking is $20 per vehicle/per night.

Rooms must be booked by May 12. There are no extra rooms available so once our block is gone, you will need to find other accommodations. Make your reservations early.


Key Dates:

  • Deadline for papers: April 15, 2017
  • Deadline for Marriott rooms: May 12, 2017 (limited block)
  • Deadline for Yale dorms: May 21, 2017 (limited block)
  • Deadline for online registration: May 31, 2017 (Register at the door afterward)
  • Conference: June 14-17, 2017

On behalf of the program committee (Bill Bengston, Marsha Adams, Neal Grossman, Patrick Huyghe, Garret Moddel, Dominique Surel, Chantal Toporow) and the local hosts (James Clement Van Pelt, Margaret Nies), we look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!