6th Annual European Regional – Vilnius, Lithuania

As there is still quite some uncertainty about the global situation with Covid-19 in the forthcoming months, we feel that the best decision will be to host the conference in April 2021. The exact dates will be confirmed in the fall. All the submissions that have already been accepted will remain on the program and all the registration fees paid will be transferred accordingly. The presenters will also be granted a possibility to revise their submission or to submit a new presentation instead of a previous one (should they wish to do so). All further details will be announced in the fall once a new date is confirmed. Thank you for your understanding and your patience and we hope you will be able to join us at the European Regional in April 2021.

IMPORTANT as of MARCH 16, 2020 (re: Covid-19)

European Regional Status: Postponed. The IASD Regional, “Waking up to Dream” scheduled for April 25-26, 2020 in Vilnius Lithuania is going to be postponed with an aim to host the event in the Fall of 2020. We are aware that many European countries have been imposing strict travel restrictions, and European universities are closing and restricting travel for their students and faculty. We are also keeping in mind the health and safety of our members and attendees, and for this reason have decided to postpone the IASD European Regional Event. If restrictions due to Covid-19 eventually make it impossible to hold the conference, fees will be returned. As we receive more information, we will post updates on the homepage of our website https://www.asdreams.org and on the regional website https://www.asdreams.org/regionals/vilnius/. We will get in touch by the end of May to communicate our plans for the postponed European Regional Event. We ask for your patience as we continue to monitor the situation and we hope you will be able to join us at the European Regional in the future.

6th IASD European Regional Conference
April 25-26, 2020, Vilnius, Lithuania
Waking up to dream

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