MLE Friends: Events

As an MLE Friend, you can join a variety of exciting events by Mind & Life Europe. Join us now to be part of the growing MLE community.

  • Webinars: Mind & Life Europe hosts interactive webinars on a monthly base for members of the MLE Friends community. The webinar lasts for one hour (60 min.). It includes a talk by one of of our MLE Association or (Honorary) Board Members (30 min.) and a Q&A session (30 min.). Access is granted to MLE Friends only.
  • Webcast: Mind & Life Europe is currently developing a webcast series titled "Beyond Confines". Each module will consist of seven lectures (15 min. each) and one live Q&A session (60 min.). The first webcast will be hosted by Dr. Michel Bitbol, MLE Association Member, and center around the topic of philosophy.

Upcoming Events

EVENT TYPETOPIC (click on the title to learn more)EXPERT / HOSTDATE
WebinarThe Mindful Brain

Dr. Elena Antonova

MLE Association Member

June 20, 2020:

17:00 CET

WebinarThe Power of Compassion - Lessons from the Resource Project

Prof. Dr. Tania Singer

MLE Honorary Board Member

July 8, 2020:

18:30 CET

WebcastBeyond Confines: Philosopy

Prof. Dr. Michel Bitbol, MD

MLE Assocation Member

under development


Note on registration: All MLE Friends will automatically eceive an email for registration a week before the webinar starts. People who subscribe to the MLE Friends community at a later point of time, will be sent an extra email.

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Webinar: "The Mindful Brain"
  • Date and time: Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 17:00 CET.
  • Dr. Elena Antonova, MLE Association Member, will talk about her research on the neuroscience of mindfulness.
  • Topic of the webinar: The Mindful Brain. In this talk, I will note the differences in the use of the term ‘mindfulness’  within Buddhism and in secular context, and then provide an overview of the main principles of how the brain’s dynamics change when we related to our experiences in a mindful way that we have learned from the fMRI research.

Elena Antonova is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Brunel University London, which she joined in June 2019. Prior to that she was a lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London (KCL), where she remains a Visiting Researcher. Elena lectures on the neuroscience and clinical applications of mindfulness. Her research focuses on the effects of long-term mindfulness practice using neuroimaging and psychophysiology methods, with the application to the prevention and management of psychopathologies.

She has been actively involved with the Mind and Life Institute since 2011 and Mind & Life Europe since 2013, organisations catalysing inter-disciplinary scientific research into the effects of contemplative practices. She was elected a Mind & Life Research Fellow for her contribution to contemplative science in 2017. Elena is an experienced mindfulness instructor (MBCT) trained in line with the Good Practice Guidelines in the UK. Elena has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice since 1998 and has attended numerous meditation retreats since 2001.

Webinar: "The Power of Compassion - Lessons from the Resource Project"
  • Date and time: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 18:30 CET.
  • Prof. Dr. Tania Singer, MLE Honorary Board Member, will talk about her research on the power compassion based on the ReSource Project.
  • Topic of the webinar: The Power of Compassion - Lessons from the Resource Project. In this webinar I will talk about compassion and how to cultivate it. I will introduce the ReSource project, a large-scale interdisciplinary one-year meditation-based mental training project that aimed at the cultivation of 1) attention and interoceptive awareness, 2) meta-cognition and perspective taking on self and others, and 3) empathy, compassion and prosocial motivation by means of three distinct training modules in more than 200 training subjects. I will present specific findings showing that indeed you can cultivate human qualities such as compassion, altruism and prosocial behavior and even induce structural brain plasticity, when engaging daily for about 30 minutes in different types of mental practices. I will discuss these findings in terms of their relevance for different arms of society. 

Tania Singer is the scientific head of the Social Neuroscience Lab of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany. After doing her PhD in Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, she became a Post-doctoral Fellow at the same institution, at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, and at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London. In 2006, she first became Assistant Professor and later Inaugural Chair of Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics as well as Co-Director of the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research at the University of Zurich. Between 2010 and 2018 Tania Singer was the director of the department of Social Neurosciences at the Max Planck Institute of Cognitive and Human Development in Leipzig.

Her research focus is on the hormonal, neuronal, and developmental basis of human sociality, empathy and compassion, and their malleability through mental training. She is the principal investigator of a large-scale, nine-month longitudinal meditation based mental training study, The ReSource Project, and investigates together with Dennis Snower how psychology can inform new models of Caring Economics. Tania Singer is author of more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters and edited together with Mathieu Ricard the two books Caring Economics (2015) and Power and Care (2019).

Previous Events

In the past, we hosted different events for our MLE Friends. See below to get an overivew of the high-quality webinars we hosted together with selected members from our European community.

EVENT TYPETOPIC (click on the title to learn more)EXPERT / HOSTDATE
WebinarMeditation and Pain from the Lenses of Phenomenology and Neurosciences

Dr. Antoine Lutz,

MLE Association Member

May 27, 2020:

18:00 CET (tbc)

Webinar: "Meditation and Pain from the Lenses of Phenomenology and Neurosciences"
  • Date and time: Wednesday, May 27, at 18:00 CET.
  • Dr. Antoine Lutz, MLE Association Member, will talk about his current research on meditation and pain.
  • Topic of the webinar: Meditation and Pain from the Lenses of Phenomenology and Neurosciences. An early Buddhist account describes pain as being composed of two distinct “arrows”: an immediate physical sensation and an aversive dimension linked to negative mentation. It is claimed that although negative mentation often habitually follows awareness of unpleasant physical stimuli, this need not be necessarily so, as for individuals trained in mindfulness meditation, it is possible to uncouple sensory and affective pain dimensions, such that the physical component can be fully experienced without concomitant emotional distress. In this webinar, we will review clinical and experimental studies which have investigated the cognitive and neural mechanisms of pain regulation in mindfulness meditation.

Antoine Lutz is a research director at INSERM in the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CNRL). He did his PhD in cognitive neurosciences in Paris, with F. Varela. During his postdoctoral work with R. Davidson, at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, he pioneered the neuroimaging study of meditation. In 2008, Davidson and him were awarded a NIH-NCCAM grant to fund the first American Center of Excellence on Research dedicated to neurophysiological study of meditation.

At the CRNL since 2013, his research group focuses on investigating the neurophysiological basis of mindfulness and compassion meditations and their impact on consciousness, attention and emotion regulations, and pain perception as measured by cognitive, affective and social neuroimaging paradigms using EEG, MEG, intra-cortical EEG, and fMRI. This research is funded by an European ERC consolidator grant (Brain&Mindfulness). He is a work package leader in a European research consortium investigating the impacts of meditation practices on ageing and well-being (Meditageing, H2020, PI G. Chételat). He participates to the ANR MindMadeClear (PI H. Mounier) on neurocomputation and meditation.