Neuroscience of mindfulness conference. Madrid, June 2019


Science as a way to understand mindfulness - Mindfulness as a way to understand the brain

Welcome to the Neuroscience of Mindfulness - 2019

The international Neuroscience of mindfulness (NoM) conference 2019 is a scientific meeting whose aim is to make overlap the perspectives of cognitive neuroscientists and mindfulness researchers, for the first time in Europe.

The NoM conference has been designed to gather neuroscientists to share findings and inquire about the neuronal mechanisms underlying the cognitive/biological processes of mindfulness/meditation and related topics. The panel of conferences aims describing the scientific basis of the neuronal mechanisms underlying meditations as a way to better understand cognitive processes as attention and memory, its implications in stress regulation, the interaction between brain and body and the scientific based models of the self and consciousness.

NoM conference have the purpose of promoting the knowledge of these fields in the academic research as well as discussing their implications and scopes. Conferences will be given by scientists of internationally recognized prestige, with scientific but informative language.

Attendance has two modalities:

  • Contribution: Those who want to present their scientific research (via poster or flash presentation), should submit an abstract (guidelines in web) and registration modality as Abstract submission and choice between type of contribution (poster and presentation)

  • Listener: those who want to attend the conference to listen to the speakers (in both English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation)

It is, in addition, the first time that a scientific conference of neuroscience of mindfulness is simultaneously translate to Spanish language, aiming to impulse the meditation-research environment in Spanish-speaking countries.

The day before the conference there will be a Brain-Body interaction conference in the same place (link to the conference) The day after the NoM conference there will be a Consciousness workshop (link of the conference)

Local organizer

NoM 2019 is organized by the Mindfulness and Cognitive Science Chair of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and founded by the Nirakara Lab, a research center in biotechnology.

Scientific Committee

  • Professor Fernando Maestú (Director of Laboratory of Computational and Cognitive neuroscience and Magentoencephalography center in Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

  • Professor Carmelo Vazquez (Psychology School, Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

  • Professor Agustín Moñivas (Mindfulness and Cognitive Science Chair, Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

  • Gustavo Diex (Nirakara Lab, Director of Nirakara Mindfulness Institute Mindfulness and Cognitive Science Chair)

  • Dr. Nazareth Castellanos (Nirakara Lab, Mindfulness and Cognitive Science Chair)

Confirmed Speakers

  • Judson Brewer (Brown University, Providence, USA)

  • Ole Jensen (University of Birmingham, UK)

  • Sara Lazar (Harvard University, USA)

  • Yair Dor-Ziderman (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)


The conferences panel is designed to join researchers from the cognitive neuroscience with those from the meditation neuroscience.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness conference is structured in four main research topics:

  • Attention and memory

  • Regulatory mechanisms of stress

  • Biological connectivity

  • Self and Consciousness

English will be the official language of the Congress. Simultaneous translation to Spanish will be provided to all participants.

Full conference program and schedule will be available soon.

Registration and abstract submission

A registration form must be submitted by all participants.

Participants interested in presenting their work in a 10 minutes format should submit a special form with an Abstract and attached file (confirmation of acceptance dates by May 2019).

Abstract guide: A 250 words abstract with the summary of the scientific works following the structure of introduction, materials and methods, results and conclusions. A title of maximum 50 words and names of authors with affiliations must be included. Language for abstract is English.

  • Registration modality: Listener

  • Registration modality: Abstract submission

Registration forms will be available soon.

Important Dates

The congress will be held on June 20th and 21st, 2019.

Abstract deadlines: 30 March 2019 (24:00, Madrid time..)


The congress will take place in Madrid (Spain).

Detailed information will be available soon.