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.

Book at Marriott


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 mechanical devices during Solar Eclipses"

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 other mechanical devices during Solar Eclipses”

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers in now closed.

Conference Program

Conference begins with an opening reception on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00 pm and ends with banquet on Saturday evening, June 17. The post conference workshop follows on Sunday, June 18. More details will follow as the program of speakers is finalized.

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.



Yale offers a meal package that includes breakfast and lunch and you can select the individual day or days you wish to do this. Several people have mentioned that the meals are quite good at Yale. To date, about two thirds of the registered participants are choosing to eat breakfast and lunch through this program. Reservations for this meal plan and banquet cannot be made at the door and must be made by the registration cutoff date.

Travel Information

Yale's Visitor Gateway offers good information on how to get to Yale, how to get around Yale and New Haven once you have arrived, what is happening on campus during your stay, and much more.

Traveling to Yale | Parking at Yale | Campus Map

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)
  • June 14: Evening reception (registration opens) - 6:00 PM
  • June 15-17: Conference Talks - 9AM-5PM
  • June 18: Sunday Workshop (optional) - 9AM-5PM

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!