Open symposium on scientific theories of consciousness

Event Start Date:
10. May 2022
Event End Date:
10. May 2022
Event Venue:

Integrated Information Theory:
What is it, how did it emerge, and how can we use it?

After decades of progress in cognitive neuroscience consciousness is still eluding understanding. Are scientific theories of consciousness even possible? If so, how close have we gotten so far? In this symposium we discuss the integrated information theory (IIT), a leading theory of consciousness. First, the theory and its development will be put in historical context and the fundamentals of the IIT are introduced. Next, how its general approach sets it apart from other theories and how it has been used to inspire clinically useful tools and applications will be explained. Finally, we will discuss questions from the audience about IIT and consciousness more broadly in a panel discussion.

This event is open for everyone, but please let us know if you will attend by joining our facebook event (, or sending an email to
Hope to see you there!


15:00 – 15:05: Introductions by Bjørn Juel and Jeremiah Hendren
15:05 – 15:45: Lecture by professor Johan F. Storm,
Title: Theories of Consciousness: concepts, history, and challenges
15:45 – 16:40: Lectures by Matteo Grasso, PhD, and B. Juel, PhD
Title: IIT: From experience to the brain and back

Break with mingling, snacks and refreshments

17:00 – 18:00 Panel Discussion and questions from the audience

This event is open for everyone!
Hope to see you there.


About the speakers/panelists:

Johan F. Storm is professor of medicine at the University of Oslo, where he leads the Brain Signalling group. He heads two international research collaborations focused on the study of consciousness in EU’s Human Brain Project and the Life Science Initiative at UiO.

Matteo Grasso is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for sleep and Consciousness (Tononi lab – UW Madison) specializing in philosophy of mind and computational neuroscience.

Bjørn E Juel works as a researcher with Storm (UiO) and a honorary Fellow at CSC.

Jeremiah Hendren is a PhD candidate studying science communication at Uni. of Munich


More information:

If you want to know more about the integrated information theory right now, here are some links you might find interesting:

Podcast episode:

Pop-sci article:…/what-is-consciousness/


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