Welcome to the ESRI event website!

In light of the present situation related to COVID-19 and after careful consideration and discussions, Mind & Life Europe, supported by the ESRI 2020 Planning Committee, has decided to move the European Summer Research Institute to an online format during the week of August 10-14, 2020.

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 main goal of the ESRI is to promote, connect and build the community of contemplative science in Europe with a focus on young researchers. This goal is achieved primarily by engaging in a thorough dialogue between the sciences, humanities and contemplative traditions, especially the Buddhist tradition. MLE fosters discussion and debate by inviting speakers with different viewpoints and disciplines to ensure comprehensive interdisciplinarity.

"Clarity and insight arise in the gap between thoughts, the open ground of Being". ~ Francisco J. Varela


The thematic arc of the next three editions (2020-2022) is dedicated to the theme of “Knowledge”. During ESRI 2020 we will discuss the following questions: How do we perceive? How do we know what we know? For more information on the theme please follow this link.

Joining ESRI

The 2020 ESRI invites researchers and practitioners from neurosciences, clinical and social sciences and humanities to participate in interdisciplinary dialogue with contemplative scholars and practitioners. It aims to deepen the understanding of each approach and to foster cross-fertilisation between them.

Attendees of the ESRI are eligible to apply for the Francisco J. Varela Awards for Contemplative research. Click here for more information about the European Varela Awards (EVAs).

The ESRI provides a summer school/retreat environment 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, the ESRI facilitates cross-disciplinary dialogue, and collaboration to advance the training of a new generation of scholars and researchers.

For any questions, please email us: esri@mindandlife-europe.org