6th Annual European Regional – Vilnius, Lithuania (Canceled due to Covid)

11-10-2020 IASD European Regional Conference in Vilnius: Canceled

In the light of the ongoing global situation with COVID-19 and its second wave that is currently emerging throughout Europe, our dream to host the IASD European Regional Conference in April 2021 in Vilnius is, unfortunately, fading away. Thus, with deep regret we have to cancel the conference. We would like to thank all the registered presenters and participants for their interest in the conference and for their patience while our plans were put on hold. All fees that were already paid for the conference will be refunded. We do hope to hold the conference in the future (e.g., April 2022), once the world and life return to normal! In the meantime, we would like to encourage our presenters to submit their proposals to the 2021 IASD Annual Conference (https://iasdconferences.org/2021/). The 2021 conference is currently planned in Ashland, Oregon, June 13-17, but will be held online if the onsite conference is not possible.


CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION: Throughout the history dreams were a wellspring of inspiration, a source of creativity and insight, a means of connection with the divine, or deeper disclosures bonding families and communities. In the modern culture the dream life has been largely neglected, yet recent advances in sleep and dream research highlight the importance of dreams to our emotional and mental health, learning and creativity; show the efficacy of therapeutic approaches of working with dreams; uncover the potentials of lucid dreaming and the most effective approaches to induce them; empower the nightmare sufferers; and entangle the mechanisms of the dreaming brain. This conference, bringing together leading dream researchers, therapists, psychologists, philosophers, educators and other professionals working with dreams invites to reconsider the importance of dreams in our modern culture and accentuate their potentials for personal, interpersonal and societal growth. By waking up to dream, we can be more awake to live.


Martin Dresler (Donders Institute/Radboud University, Netherlands) on neuroscience of lucid dreaming

Audrius Beinorius (Vilnius University, Lithuania) on dream theories in Indian philosophy

VENUE: Vilnius University Faculty of Philosophy (Universiteto 9, Vilnius 01122)

The venue is located at the Old Campus of Vilnius University in the heart of Old Town, easily accessible by public transportation. Numerous restaurants and hotels are within a walkable distance. Vilnius Airport (https://www.vilnius-airport.lt/en/) is readily accessed by a public bus (40-50 min journey, 1€) or a taxi (20-25 min, 10€).


Tadas Stumbrys (Vilnius University, Lithuania) – Host

Katja Valli (University of Turku, Finland) – Programme Chair

Michelle Carr (University of Rochester, New York, USA) – IASD Connection

REGISTRATION AND FEES:  Early bird deadline extended to February 15th!

IASD member Non-member Student
Early bird (before 15 Feb 2020) €80 ($90) €90 ($100) €50 ($55)
Regular (after 15 Feb 2020) €100 ($110) €110 ($120) €60 ($65)

The full conference fee includes:

  • Conference program

  • Coffee breaks and small snacks

The conference fee does not include:

  • Lunch and dinner (several restaurants are close to the conference site)

  • Accommodation (please book your accommodation by yourself)



09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Opening
10:15 – 11:30 Keynote: Martin Dresler – Neuroscience of Lucid Dreaming
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:15 Presentation Session: Lucid Dreaming

Daniel Erlacher – MILD plus WBTB – Does earlier sleep interruption reduce lucid dream induction rate?

Clare Johnson – Lucidity: An empowering nightmare solution

Tadas Stumbrys – Lucid nightmares: A survey of their frequency, features, and factors in lucid dreamers


Lukas Bauer – Exploring symbolic language of dreams

13:15 – 14:45 Lunch Break
14:45 – 16:15 Presentation Session: Social & Threat Simulation

Katja Valli – Effects of social seclusion on social dream content

Mark Blagrove – Dream-sharing and empathy: Moderator variables and implications for evolution and social cohesion

Jonas Mathes – Threats in dreams of nightmare dreamers


Valerie Reichmann Popowski – Dream theatre

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00 Presentation Session: Creativity & Transformation

Kim Vergil – An artist dreams

Willem Fermont – Dreaming and the creativity paradox

Jade Shaw – At the edge of dreaming


Laura Rimkutė – Unexpected elements of lucid dreams: Insights for waking life

18:00 – ………. Drink reception


09:00 – 10:30 Presentation Session: Continuity in Dreams

Michael Schredl – Relationship between waking and dreaming: Continuity and discontinuity

Wojciech Owczarski – What people in Poland dream about and what they think of dreaming

Pilleriin Sikka – Affect experienced in resting wakefulness and sleep


Clare Johnson – Transformative lucidity for dreams and nightmares

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00 Keynote: Audrius Beinorius – Svapna: Classical Indian Philosophy about Dreams and Dreaming
12:00 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:45 Presentation Session: Religion & Philosophy

Dovilė Valaitė – The portal to the divine will: Traditional and contemporary dream interpretation theories in Islam

Alina Musiol – Effect of dreams on the waking-life of Pakistani women living in a women’s shelter in Lahore

Iain Edgar – Dreaming climates: scoping a dreamology of climate change and emergency


Mark Blagrove – An Ullman dream discussion with artwork produced

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:30 Presentation Session: Perspective in Dreams

Adriana Alcaraz – Awake in your deep sleep: a qualitative study on lucid dreamless sleep experiences

Willem Fermont – Dream analysis: A dynamic approach

Vilius Dranseika – Observer perspective in dreams and imagination and the sense of self


Brigita Kaleckaitė – Gestalt approach in dreamwork


ARTIS CENTRUM HOTELS **** (Totoriu str. 23; 5 min walk) Located 300 meters from Vilnius University in the very heart of old town, classic style hotel in the 19th century building, offers a special price with promocode IASD for 25-27 th of April 2020. Standard room for Single at 80 eur per room per night; Standard Double or Twin room at 90 eur per room per night; All room rates include:  Hot buffet breakfast, VAT, WiFi, Use of the recreation center: 10 meters length swimming pool with integrated Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath in the morning and evening hours, use of fitness room all day, personal belongings safety box in the room, coffee/tea in the room. Not included : 1 eur per person per night City Tax. Please book on https://artis.centrumhotels.com/en/ Price is subject to room availability.

SHAKESPEARE BOUTIQUE HOTEL **** (Bernardinu str. 8; 5 min walk) http://www.shakespeare.lt/en/

IBIS VILNIUS CENTRE HOTEL *** (Rinktines str. 18, 15 min walk),  https://all.accor.com/hotel/A1J1/index.en.shtml

CITY GATE HOTEL *** (Bazilijonų str. 3, 15 min walk), https://citygate.lt/en