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2024 Conference
Proposal Information and Examples


TITLE: TRANSFORMED by Near-Death and Related Experiences

Theme: Personal transformation, aftereffects, and integration of near-death and related experiences.

DESCRIPTION: Near-death and related experiences are miracles hiding in plain sight that serve to expand humanity’s understanding of death, life, and what lies beyond. Science cannot ignore where the data leads and society is being transformed by these experiences. 

Join us in Phoenix and immerse yourself in wisdom gleaned from a variety of rich presentations from near-death experiencers and experts. Researchers, healthcare professionals, and experiencers will deliver observations and distinctions you can use to enrich and transform yourself as you move forward in your life. 

Find encouragement within this welcoming community. Leave with new tools to support the integration of your transformative experiences. Whether you are a near-death or related experiencer or simply interested in these amazing phenomena, you will be glad you invested time spent with this wonderful group of kindred spirits.

Please look over the instructions below carefully and gather all of the information for your proposal before you begin filling it out.

There is a “Save As Draft” option at the bottom of the page above the “Submit” button. We suggest saving often as you go along.

When you submit your proposal, please wait for the successful submission message that will appear at the top of the page. You will NOT receive a confirmation email.

Deadline to Submit Proposal is February 9, 2024 by 11:59 pm ET. No Extensions. Only complete forms will be considered. We request that all presenters attend in-person, recordings of presentations will not be accepted.

For assistance, please contact the IANDS office: services@iands.org.

TRANSFORMED by Near-Death and Related Experiences
 August 28, 2024 through September 1, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona

Personal Transformation, Aftereffects, and Integration of a Near-Death Experience (NDE) or Related Experience
CLICK HERE to read What Are “Related Experiences”? )

We are requesting submissions for conference presentations regarding transformation and integration of NDEs and/or related experiences in the areas of healthcare, education, research, inspiration, entertainment, humor, spirituality, ancient wisdom, and more. Preference will be given to presentations that closely address the conference theme.

Conference Presenters receive a discount on the conference registration fee*
*extra activities such as Lunch-with-Speaker, Workshops, Fundraising Banquet, and Healing Sessions are not discounted.

Conference Presenters are responsible for their own transportation, meals, and hotel expenses. 




This is a 60-minute session which often includes a PowerPoint presentation, with an opportunity for questions and answers. The room will be set with classroom-style seating and may be recorded and/or live-streamed.

Examples may include a presentation by a single presenter, a multi-person presentation on one topic or theme, a presentation including an audience discussion, interactive elements, or a presentation that includes an activity such as music, movement, or audience participation, etc.


This is a 60-minute session with a moderator and two or three panelists who present different perspectives or aspects of the presentation topic. Each person will have 15 to 20 minutes. There may be an opportunity for questions and answers if you leave time.

The panel will be seated up front and the room will be set with classroom-style seating and may be recorded and/or live-streamed.

You may apply as a panel that is already formed with a topic, a moderator, and the other panelists.

You may apply individually and we will group you on a panel with other similar panelists. You will have 15 to 20 minutes for your portion.


These are 30-minute sessions to open and close each day, which could be music, meditation, movement, or a combination. You may apply as a set group or be asked to join with a complementary presenter/performer.


Posters will be on display, with designated times for the poster preparers to be at their poster for Q&A and discussion with viewers.

Your poster should be printed on paper with dimensions no larger than 3′ x 4′.

For poster requirements see HERE.


Movie, theater, dance performance, etc.  Preferably a 60-minute presentation, but could be 90 minutes or two hours. Surprise us with your creative idea!

Examples of Bios:

Brian Smith is a certified life coach, a grief guide, and a small business consultant. Brian’s mission is to help others by sharing lessons he has learned from decades of experience and study. Brian is on the boards of the SoulPhone Foundation and Helping Parents Heal. Brian is the author of Grief 2 Growth: Planted. Not Buried. He is the host of the Grief 2 Growth podcast.

Tricia Barker experienced a profound near-death experience during her senior year of college. Her near-death experience story has been featured on I Survived: Beyond and Back, National Geographic Magazine, Women’s World Magazine, Coast to Coast AM, and The Doctor Oz Show. Tricia’s memoir is Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation. Tricia is a graduate of The University of Texas and Goddard College. Currently, she works as an English professor, YouTuber, motivational speaker, medium, Theta Healer, and angel communicator.

Norma Edwards, DDiv, is the Founder of Reprogram Your Life, LLC. She is a recognized change agent, a Wisdom Keeper on the planet, a certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Life Coach, and author of the newly released book Awakening. Emerging from a near-death experience over 50 years ago, she has become a recognized expert at merging spiritual principles into clinical practice. Her ministry in prisons focused on community re-entry and a unique process of life coaching that changed the lives of hundreds of men and women on the planet. Rev. Dr. Edwards is married and resides with her husband in South Carolina.

Examples of Abstract/Event descriptions:

(This will help the audience decide if they would like to attend your event.)

NDE Evidence and the Next Steps in Mind-Brain Research

NDEs provide strong evidence that the nonmaterial mind is a separate entity that interfaces with the brain in ordinary consciousness—a view that requires a radical shift in neuroscience. Earlier scientific revolutions like the heliocentric view of the heavens took more than a century to be accepted, whereas more recent revolutions like the structure of the atom took less than 20 years. The difference was the ability to provide convincing evidence and a model of the new paradigm to other scientists. We present the NDE evidence for the separate mind entity and a model of, and evidence for, mind-brain interaction. There is good NDE evidence that the nonmaterial mind interacts with physical matter, including neural mechanisms, and there is good neurological evidence from neural structures and anesthesiology that suggests an interface for the mind to work with the brain. What is needed now is a research program to validate this model of mind-brain interaction.

What Lessons from NDEs Tell Us About Oneness

In this presentation, Brian will show how NDEs, while being tailored to the individual, provide universal lessons that can help in daily life. People are divided by such factors as race, nationality, and religion because we have forgotten that we are literally all One. Many times, fundamentalists will attack near-death experiencers because their experience falls outside the bounds of that particular religion or conflicts with Atheistic Materialism.

Research Posters, Informative Posters, Academic Posters 

Posters will be displayed in the bookstore area, and there will be 2 or 3 designated times where you will be able to present to interested attendees and/or any time during breaks.

Bring your poster materials (minus display board) with you to the conference (deliver to the conference bookstore) and be sure to pick up poster after conference by Sunday, Sept 1st at 4:15 pm. 

posterboard imageSize and shape of board: We will supply a poster board that will be 3 feet high by 4 feet wide, corrugated cardboard, white in color, with two folds which allow the board to stand on its own (see picture below). The outside panels are 1 foot wide and the central panel is 2 feet wide. The boards will be set up on tables or tripods in the conference bookstore. The posters will be up throughout the conference and there will be designated times for poster presenters to present their poster to the attendees.

Organization: Focus on the introduction, methods, results and discussion, summary, and references. Make a small scale sketch of your poster to ascertain if all the points you want to stress as well as headlines, text, figures and tables, photos, etc., will fit into the dimensions allowed. The poster should start in the upper left hand corner and flow generally from left to right and from top to bottom. The title, author name(s) and affiliation should be at the top of the poster. If necessary, use letters, numbers, or arrows to indicate proper flow to the audience.

Content: Do not crowd too much information into the presentation; concentrate on two or three main points. Highlight information with images and simplified graphics and diagrams. Use text cautiously. Often it is better to use outlines and bullets than paragraphs. Avoid overwhelming the audience with too many numbers, words, or complicated graphs. Make certain your message is clear and simple because people will study your poster while you are away.

Lettering: All lettering should be easily read from a distance of 4 to 5 feet. Use a bold or semi-bold typeface for headings and labels. Lettering for subheads and figure captions should be larger than that of the main text but smaller than the main heading. Text in upper- and lower-case letters is more readable than all capitals, but capitals for headings and labels are acceptable. The title should have letters that are at least 1 inch high, with author’s names at least ¾ inch high. All other type should be a minimum of 5/8 inch high. Use sans serif type such as Arial or Lucida Sans for text. It is much easier to read than serif type such as Times Roman or Courier.

Composing poster text in MS Word: You can use Word to compose your poster. Select a large paper size (e.g. 11” x 17” or 22” x 16” or whatever) with File→Page setup→Paper→Custom size (Word allows dimensions up to 22”). Compose your text and titles using Arial (or similar) font with large font sizes: titles with 64 pt or 72 pt and the text with 24 pt or 28 pt. Insert images, pictures, etc. directly into the document. Use tables to organize information and pictures in columns. You can print your Word document fairly inexpensively using FedEx/Kinko. We recommend that you first convert the document into a PDF file (the printed output may vary at FedEx if it remains in .doc format) and have FedEx print it in color on one of their standard paper sizes. To save money, you can print your basic poster in black and white first, then print the color images, etc. separately on 8.5×11” and cut and paste.

Mounting: push pins for mounting will be provided at the conference. Since the poster board is single-use and recyclable, double-sided tape, glue or Velcro may also be used.

To summarize:
• DO use large, easy-to-read sans-serif letters.
• DO include clear figures and tables.
• DO NOT paste-up typed pages from a paper.
• DO NOT clutter the poster with details. Posters should be understandable – even in the absence of the author(s)! 

Remember that a Poster Session is more like an informal discussion. The discussion may begin with a question from an interested person. You may initiate a discussion by pointing out the particular figure that depicts the essential conclusions of your paper and allow questions and answers to flow from that point. Keep it conversational; do not lecture.

Examples of posters from past Toward a Science of Consciousness conferences:

IANDS Conference Poster

Example of Objectives:

The attendees will be able to:

* Discuss the nature and healing power of consciousness.

* Describe how the near-death experience may impact diseases and relationships.

* Discuss the aspects of consciously empowering healing.

For Morning/Evening sessions, examples could be:

Attendees will:

* experience relaxation through…

* feel refreshed and invigorated by…

* have an opportunity to enjoy…

Example of an Outline:


I . Discuss the nature and healing power of consciousness

a) Consciousness of our brain & physical senses in an NDE
b) Consciousness – generator of ideas that maintain peace, love,
and harmony
c) The perceptions of physical senses cognized by brains and
ideas that protect the physical
d) Consciousness – the substance of life

II . Relate how the near-death experience may impact diseases and

a) Characteristics of the NDE
b) Aftereffects of the NDE
c) Perceptions of physical senses reality or substance in
d)  Following an NDE – accessibility of harmonizing ideas needed
for recovery

III. Describe aspects of consciously empowering healing

a) Consciousness and the harmonizing ideas we need
b)Humanness -consider ideas and power of consciousness 
c)Mistaken beliefs are separate from the physical 

IV. Consciousness. knows practical, harmonizing ideas that resolve
discordant situation