Mind Altering Science 2010
Hosting a weekend-long conference at the University of Amsterdam was a new experience for all of us, but it turned out to be a tremendous success! With over 450 participants at our inaugural event, 'Mind Altering Science,' we highlighted, among other significant findings, the outcomes of two Swiss randomised controlled trials: one on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD and another on LSD-assisted therapy for anxiety in terminally ill patients. The event also featured Torsten Passie, a valued and long-standing collaborator of OPEN, who embodies the spirit of Encyclopedia Psychedelia. Notably, he is the only speaker to have graced the stage at all of our conferences.
Two other names that stood out at Mind Altering Science – and who have sadly passed away since then – were renowned ayahuasca psychopharmacologist Jordi Riba and Andrew Sewell, who is a neurologist and cluster headache research pioneer at Yale University.
ICPR's second edition, its inaugural event under its current name, was launched on October 6 and 7, 2012, at Waterlooplein in Amsterdam. Professor Wouter Hanegraaf inaugurated the event with an enlightening lecture on entheogenic religions. The stained glass elements of the Aaron & Moses Church provided an ideal backdrop for his thought-provoking discourse. The event saw a full house with approximately 400 enthusiastic attendees, who were captivated by lectures from notable speakers such as Ben Sessa, Robin Carhart-Harris, and Matt Johnson, all of whom were featured in a Dutch documentary on psychedelic treatments. Other esteemed speakers included Ilsa Jerome, Mitzi Waltz, Jordi Riba, and Torsten Passie.
After a four-year hiatus, ICPR made a triumphant return to Amsterdam in 2016. This time, the charming canalside Amsterdam-school building ‘The Jewel’ served as the picturesque venue during some of the most delightful summer days the Netherlands had to offer. The atrium's glass roof beautifully illuminated ICPR's 550 attendees.
This marked the first occasion where ICPR extended to three days and featured two concurrent tracks. ICPR 2016 boasted an impressive lineup of over 60 speakers, including notable figures like Alicia Danforth, Roland Griffiths, Marcela Ot’alora, Bill Richards, and, of course, Torsten Passie.
A substantial portion of ICPR 2016 was meticulously documented and resides in our archive in video format, easily accessible on YouTube.
ICPR 2020 Online
A groundbreaking event in the realm of psychedelics, exceeded all expectations with an impressive turnout of over 1,200 enthusiastic attendees.
The gathering featured giants in the field, including Paul Stamer, Bill Rickards, and David Nichols, among other luminaries.
Hosted over three captivating days, the event unfolded at the prestigious Philharmonie venue in Haarlem, Netherlands. This iconic location provided an inspiring backdrop for discussions, presentations, and exchanges that pushed the boundaries of psychedelic research, therapy, and consciousness exploration. Notably, ICPR 22 marked a significant post-pandemic milestone in the psychedelic journey, fostering collaboration and propelling the field into a promising future of discovery and understanding.