Paper Presentations and Panel Discussions

This year’s conference programme theme is Students of Spiritual Science. Within the context of this theme, we are open to accept submissions of papers that are related to the work of the SMN in any of the fields listed below. We invite you to consider how your work/research can make a difference in the world – in theory, professional practice, methodology, and other illuminating perspectives.

The initial submission should include an abstract of maximum 150 words clearly stating your idea and intent for the paper presentation. Your research/work should address the aims, mission and vision of the SMN in its broadest sense.

Anyone working/researching within the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Medicine – Traditional and Complementary
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Consciousness
  • Ethics
  • Western Mystery Tradition/Esotericism

Further Information

Write for your audience

The judges (people’s choice judges) will look for evidence that you can explain your research to a non-specialist audience. You may like to:

  • Avoid jargon and academic language
  • Explain concepts and people important to your research – you may know all about Professor Smith’s theories but your audience may not
  • Highlight any desired outcomes for your research
  • Imagine that you are explaining your work/research to a close friend or fellow student from another field
  • Convey your excitement and enthusiasm for your subject

Tell a story

  • You may like to present your project as a narrative, with a beginning, middle and end.
  • It’s not easy to condense your work/research into five minutes, so you may find it easier to break your presentation down into smaller sections.
  • Try writing an opener to catch the attention of the audience, then highlight your different points, and finally have a summary to restate the importance of your work.

Have a clear outcome in mind

  • Know what you want your audience to take away from your presentation.
  • Try to leave the audience with an understanding of what you’re doing, why it is important, and what you hope to achieve.


  • Proof your presentation by reading it aloud, firstly to yourself and then to an audience of friends and family.
  • Ask for feedback.
  • Ask your audience if your presentation clearly highlights what your research is about and why it is important.

Here for you

Arabella Thaïs

Arabella Thaïs

Laurel Waterman

Laurel Waterman


Send your abstract using the form below by 25th April 2023 at the latest.
Please also let us know the university you are studying at, your programme title, and your year of study.

Applications have closed, thanks for all your submissions.