European Summer Research Institute

The European Summer Research Institute (ESRI) is an event initiated by Mind & Life Europe bringing together around 120 scientists and practitioners in a unique retreat setting. The next ESRI is currently planned for the year 2020.

In 2019, Mind & Life Europe organizes the Contemplative Science Symposium (CSS), taking place October 25th - 27th, 2019 in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany. The theme of the CSS is “Beyond Confines - Integrating Science, Consciousness and Society”. For more information about the second pan-European symposium click here.

Following the ESRI tradition to support and grow the community of younger scholars and professionals in the area of contemplative sciences, an initial Mind & Life Retreat will be held in October 2019 subsequent to the CSS. It is titled "Exploring Contemplative Life: Integrating personal, professional and spiritual aspects of our path" and will deepen contemplative practice for young researchers (by application only, limited number of participants). For more information about the MLE Retreat click here.

More detailed information about the next ESRI in 2020 will be announced on the MLE homepage, this website and our social media.

ESRI 2020 - Cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration

ESRI is a summer school where scientists, educators, professionals and researchers working in the field of contemplative science can assemble as a community to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge from their lives and work. With its unique format, ESRI facilitates cross-disciplinary dialogue, and collaboration to advance the training of a new generation of interdisciplinary scholars and researchers.

Unique format

The intensive one-week programme features active contemplative practice, interdisciplinary scholarly presentations and networking opportunities. The conference and quasi-retreat offers a unique format and plenty of opportunities for deep dialogue across disciplines, as well as inquiry through and learning from first-person experience. The faculty include basic scientists, clinical researchers, and contemplative practitioners, scholars, and teachers. The ESRI will be restricted to a maximum of 120 participants, as innovative and interdisciplinary scientific conversations and potential collaborations and new projects are more likely to develop successfully with a limited number of committed participants. Attendees are chosen through a review process.

Attendees of the ESRI are eligible to apply for the European Varela Awards for contemplative research. Click here for more information.