2016 SSE Conference - Call for Papers

The 35th Annual Conference of the Society for Scientific Exploration and the 59th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association (PA) was held in Boulder, Colorado, between June 20 and June 23, 2016. The conference theme was Accessing the Exceptional, Experiencing the Extraordinary. Conference DVDs are available here.


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The 35th Annual Conference of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) and the 59th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association (PA) will be held at the newly renovated Millennium Hotel in Boulder, Colorado, from Monday, June 20, 2016, through Thursday June 23, 2016. A welcoming reception and registration is planned for Sunday evening, June 19, and an additional day for workshops, Friday, June 24, 2016. Although each organization has its own purview and style, the program will be fully integrated. Dr. Roger Nelson is the Executive Program Chair, working with his two co-chairs, Dr. Chantal Toporow for the SSE, and Dr. Renaud Evrard for the PA. The program will be a synergetic mix of presentations from PA and SSE members, and there will be no concurrent sessions. We will keep the meeting to 4 days by selecting the best submitted papers, and by using dynamic poster sessions as well as evening sessions for panels and special presentations.

The program theme describes the mission common to both organizations: ACCESSING THE EXCEPTIONAL, EXPERIENCING THE EXTRAORDINARY. Invited speakers will help define thematic topics to be developed further by members of the SSE & PA. The program will include papers assessing progress and issues, both scientific and social/political, in areas of longstanding interest to both societies. All conference sessions will be held at the Millennium Hotel. A poster session is included to accommodate work that requires extended discussion, and to encourage young researchers to present their work. A program booklet will be published containing abstracts of all papers and posters.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submission is now closed.

Conference Program

The first combined convention of the Parapsychological Association (PA) and the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) will take place at the Millennium Hotel in Boulder, Colorado, June 19 to 24, 2016. It will be a rich experience for anyone interested in the leading edge of science, as scientists and scholars from around the world gather for five days of presentations, workshops, and panel discussions exploring areas that are too controversial or too new to have found their way into the mainstream. This unprecedented event will be open to the public and to academics alike.

The conference is highly interdisciplinary, with talks covering subjects ranging across consciousness research, progress in new energy technologies, discoveries bearing upon healing and medicine, and more. Larry Dossey, the prime mover behind the integration of alternative perspectives into medical education, will discuss evidence favorable to the idea that consciousness survives death. Dean Radin, Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences, will present two papers; "A disturbance in the force: Exploring collective consciousness at Burning Man" and "Toward an Energy Medicine Technology”.

Anthropologist Jeff Meldrum will talk about the elusive evidence for relict hominids like Sasquatch. SSE President Bill Bengston, who has fostered a revolution in studies of tumor healing in mice, will talk about new dimensions of his work. Chris Roe, PA President and professor at Northampton University, will present new findings in parapsychology from Europe and the United Kingdom.

Russell Targ, one of the creators of remote viewing research decades ago, will introduce the first showing of his new film, Third Eye Spies, documenting his involvement in Stanford Research Institute’s CIA supported ESP research program.Well-known dream researcher, Stanley Krippner, will speak about “Dreams from another Dimension?”. Annalisa Ventola, Parapsychological Association Executive Directors’ talk is entitled “There is No Gate: on the PA and the AAAS”. Roger D. Nelson, Director of the Global Consciousness Project, will speak on whether GCP effects reflect Global Consciousness or Goal Orientation?"

The meeting will be followed on Friday June 24, by a workshop on Psi Dreaming, conducted by Dale Graff, former director of the Department of Defenses’ Stargate Remote Viewing project. Attendees will participate in an experiment that begins on the first day of the conference, June 20th.

Dozens of members of the two organizations will detail their work at the avant-garde of science, closing with keynote speaker, Ian E. Wickramasekera of Naropa University whose life's work has been to build bridges between the advanced wisdom lineages of Eastern and Western traditions such as Bon-Buddhism, Consciousness Studies, Hypnosis, Meditation, Neuroscience, Social Justice Training, and Transpersonal Psychology.

This combined convention will offer an opportunity for attendees interested in a wide range of topics to share and evaluate some of the most exciting and promising original research happening today.

Workshop (Friday, June 24, 2016)

"Activating Psi Dreaming: Research Methods and Application Potential"

What is psi dreaming? How can individuals experience psi dreams? How can psi dreaming be researched and evaluated scientifically? What can we do with psi dreaming? How can psi dreaming be understood relative to other forms of psi, such as remote viewing and some types of intuition?

Dale E. Graff, MS Physics, has been conducting psi and psi dreaming workshops for the past 25 years at conferences and organizations, including the Rhine Research Center (RRC) in Durham, NC. He is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and facilitator for IASD’s psi dreaming events. He was a former Director of Stargate, the US Department of Defense Program for research and applications of remote viewing (RV), an aspect of extrasensory perception (ESP). Currently he pursues independent research in precognitive dreaming and explores connections with Associative Remote Viewing (ARV).

Conference Schedule

Registration Fees

Ticket Price before 5/19/2016 Price after 5/19/2016
Full Registration for Member $275 $325
Full Registration for Non-Member $350 $400
Per-Day Pass $115 $115
Full Registration for Student $132 $162
Per-Day Pass for Student $50 $50
*Wednesday Banquet Ticket* $65 $65
*Friday Workshop for Member* $75 $75
*Friday Workshop for Non-Member* $85 $85

Travel & Logistics

The Millennium Hotel is located at 1345 28th St, Boulder, CO 80302. Use the link and promo code at the top of the page to book your room, or call +1 (303) 443-3850 and ask for the SSE discount rate. The closest airport is Denver International Airport.

The SSE has negotiated a discounted shuttle service from Denver International Airport to the Millennium Hotel through Green Ride Boulder. It is $29 one way.

For the budget-minded, Google Transit lists several options by bus and rail. Note, however, that all routes require at least one change of line and at least part of the journey is by bus.

At A Glance

Key Dates

  • Submissions Deadline: April 15, 2016
  • Early Registration Discount Deadline May 19, 2016
  • Welcome Reception: June 19, 2016 (Sunday evening)
  • Conference Program: June 20 - 23, 2016 (Monday - Thursday)
  • Workshops: June 24, 2016 (Friday)

Key Contacts

Manual Registration

If you'd like to register manually for the conference, you can do so by printing out the PDF form(s) below, and mailing them to the contact person listed therein.