For Immediate Release    October 15, 2022  

U.S. Contact:  CCS -  center@arizona.edu


The Science of Consciousness Conference 

Taormina, Sicily – Italy, May 22-28, 2023


The Science of Consciousness (TSC) conferences have been held annually since 1994, alternating yearly between Tucson, Arizona in even-numbered years, and other locations around the world in odd-numbered years. TSC locations have included Italy, Denmark, Japan, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Hong Kong, India, California, Switzerland, and Finland.


The 29th annual TSC will return to Italy, to beautiful Taormina, on the island of Sicily, May 22-28, 2023, organized by Italian professors Riccardo Manzotti (IULM U), Antonio Chella (U Palermo) and Pietro Perconti (U Palermo; Università degli Studi di Messina). TSC 2023 Taormina will be co-sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Stuart Hameroff, Director.

The first overseas TSC Conference in 1995 was on the island of Ischia, near Naples, Italy, organized by Cloe Taddei-Ferretti. We are excited to be returning to Italy.


Abstracts may be submitted for oral concurrent talks, or posters.

Abstract submissions will begin on October 15.  

(Deadline: Dec 5)

(Notifications: Dec 15-30) 

Abstract Submission LINK


Program Themes and Speakers will include:

Neuroscience and Consciousness

Christof Koch (Keynote) - Lucia Melloni - Jay Sanguinetti - Orli Dahal

AI and Consciousness

David Chalmers (Keynote) - Manuel & Lenore Blum - Michael Graziano - Owen Holland - Susan Schneider

Consciousness and Hallucinations

Alex Byrne - Riccardo Manzotti - Fiona Macpherson - Heather Logue 

E-M and Resonance Theories

Johnjoe McFadden - Tam Hunt - Michael Levin - Anirban Bandyopadhyay

Quantum Brain Biology

Stuart Hameroff - Jim Al Khalili - Aristide Dogariu - Travis Craddock


Tim Crane - Alberto Voltolini - Uriah Kriegel

Free Will

Adina Roskies - Keith Frankish - Mario de Caro

Non-human consciousness

Giorgio Vallortigara - Merlin Sheldrake - Dante Lauretta



Antonio Chella, Professor of Robotics, University of Palermo, Italy

Riccardo Manzotti, Philosopher, Psychologist, and AI expert, Researcher and Author, Ph.D. in Robotics

Chair of Theoretical Philosophy, IULM University, Milan.

Pietro Perconti, Professor of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Messina; University of Palermo, Italy

Stuart R Hameroff MD, Anesthesiology, UArizona Banner Medical, Director, Center for Consciousness Studies

Anesthesiologist, Quantum Consciousness Theorist & Researcher


Abstract Submission LINK

Abstract Submissions Contact:

Abi Montefiore: center@arizona.edu


Registration, Hotel, Venue information will be posted shortly.