Supernatural Magazine

Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC)

09 Jun, 2015

Event Summary:

Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) is the largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness.

Event Details:

the 21st annual international, interdisciplinary conference on the fundamental questions connected with conscious experience.

Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) is the largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture and experiential phenomenology. Cutting edge, controversial issues are emphasized. Held annually since 1994, the TSC conferences alternate yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world. The University of Helsinki is proud to host TSC 2015 in the Great Hall of its neoclassical main building located in the downtown area.

The first conference was held in 1994 in Tucson and continues to be held in Tucson in even-numbered years, alternating with TSC conferences in collaboration with groups in various locations around the world: 1995–Ischia, Italy; 1997–Elsinore, Denmark; 1999–Tokyo, Japan; 2001–Skövde, Sweden; 2003–Prague, Czech Republic; 2005– Copenhagen, Denmark; 2007–Budapest, Hungary; 2009–Hong Kong, China; 2011– Stockholm, Sweden; 2013 Agra, India.

TSC conferences continue to bring together various fields approaching the issue of consciousness from different perspectives, orientations and methodologies. These include not only academic subjects within the social and natural sciences, medicine and humanities, but also contemplative and experiential traditions, arts and culture. TSC aims to integrate these disciplines, bridge gaps and pursue relevant details in the spirit of a genuine dialogue.

See you in Helsinki!

On behalf of the local organizing committee

Paavo Pylkkänen (chair)

Tuomas Tahko (co-chair)

Päivi Seppälä (conference manager)

Organiser: Finnish Society for Scientific Metaphysics and the Division of Theoretical Philosophy (Department of Philosophy

Booking Details:

The online registration for the conference will open on January 22, 2015.Link to booking tickets

Online payment is possible by invoice/bank transfer and by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Maestro). Using Visa, Mastercard or Maestro is preferred. The organizers add an invoicing fee of 12 € if you choose to pay with invoice/bank transfer.

Registration is complete only after the local organisers have received your payment.

Registration fees

The registration fee includes

##Programme attendance and conference materials

##Coffee break refreshments and poster session snacks

##Light Lunch (Tuesday-Friday)

##The University and City Hall Receptions

By 31.3.2015 1.4.-31.5.2015* On-site (cash only!)

Standard fee 360€ 425€ 440 €

Reduced fee** 300€ 365€ 380 €

Avec fee*** 30€ 50€ 50 €

* On-line registration is not possible after 31 May 2015. After this date you are kindly asked to register on-site (starting 8 June 2015 in the Main Building of the University of Helsinki). The onsite registration is possible only by using cash (please bring the exact sum)

** Reduced fee applies to students (including PhD Students) and participants from countries with developing economies (ISI Listing)

*** Avec fee is meant for accompanying persons who wish only to attend the social programme (the Rector’s and City Hall Receptions). Lunch and the conference dinner are NOT included in the avec fee, but they may be purchased separately when registering online.

Methods of Payment: Credit card (Visa or Mastercard) and invoice/bank transfer (please note the the organizers add an invoicing fee of 12 € if you choose to pay by bank transfer).

Conference dinner

Price of the conference dinner: 60€ (includes three courses, an aperitif, 2 glasses of wine and a coffee/tea + avec).

Time and place: Friday June 12, at 19.30, The Old Student House, Restaurant Vanha. For futher information see the Social Program.

Letter of invitation

The local organisers are pleased to send a personal letter of invitation to enable participants to apply for supporting funds or visas for attending TSC 2015. These invitation letters cannot be considered as an offer of financial support by the organisers.

In order to receive a letter of invitation

a) your abstract needs to be accepted to be presented at TSC 2015

b) if you are not presenting a paper, you need to first register online and pay the registration fee for TSC 2015.

If the condition a) or b) applies to you, please send an email to the congress manager, Ms. Päivi Seppälä ( if you need a letter of invitation.


By May 19, 2015: A full refund of conference fee and other payments (NOTE: the organizers deduct the handling costs of 30 €).

From May 20, 2015: No refunds for any type of cancellations.

All notifications of cancellation should be send to the Conference Manager, Ms. Päivi Seppälä,

Reimbursement will not be granted for late arrival, unused services, unattended events or early departure from the conference.

Liabilities and insurances

The conference organisers do not take the responsibility of force majeure reasons for cancellation of the event (natural disaster, fires, outbreak of epidemic diseases, major strikes etc.). In force majeure cases, the TSC 2015 local organising committee decides on the possible refunds of the conference fees.

The conference participants should take care of their own travel, injury and medical insurances before the conference trip. The local organisers do not assume any liability for damage or injuries to persons or property during the conference.

University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4)
00014 University of Helsinki