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In order to provide all the supported researchers with the opportunity of discussing and present their projects, the BIAL Foundation has been organizing, since 1996, the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain".


Since then these Symposia are held every two years gathering the researchers supported by the BIAL Foundation and the scientific community of the neuroscience area.

"Mind-matter Interactions", “Sleep and Dreams”, “Intuition and Decision-making”, “Memory”, “Exceptional Experiences”, “Emotions” or the most recent "Placebo effects, Healing and Meditation", were some of the themes already debated in the Symposia “Behind and Beyond the Brain” by well-known speakers as: Miguel Castelo-Branco (Coimbra), Axel Cleeremans (Brussels), António Damásio (Los Angeles), Hoyt Edge (Florida), Peter Fenwick (London), Eberhard Fetz (Washington), Fernando Gil (Sorbonne), Allan Hobson (Harvard), Jerome Kagan (Harvard), Irving Kirsch (Boston), Stephen Kosslyn (San Francisco), Stephen Laberge (Stanford), Dietrich Lehmann (Zurich), Fernando Lopes da Silva (Amsterdam), Edwin May (Palo Alto), Robert Morris (Edinburgh), Dean Radin (Nevada), Alcino Silva (Los Angeles), Ian Stevenson (Virginia), and Robert Stickgold (Harvard).

From April 4-7, 2018, the 12th Symposium will be held at Casa do Médico, Porto, under the central theme "Enhancing the Mind".

As a result of the developed works the BIAL Foundation usually publishes the Proceedings of the Symposia.