IAC Research Campus

The IAC Campus is nestled among 250.000 m² (approximately 62 acres) of cork and oak tree groves near the town of Evoramonte, in the bucolic Alentejo region of Portugal.

The center is dedicated to conducting consciousness research using a combination of traditional and multidimensional methodologies as well as presenting and debating findings. It provides an optimized infrastructure for scientific symposia and conferences, major educational events, and workshops. In addition, the campus offers those individuals wishing to increase their multidimensional awareness and have parapyschic experiences a place to carry out personal experimentation.

As part of its endeavor to foster scientific communication, the IAC Research Campus has a large-capacity, fully equipped auditorium serving as a venue for conferences on both conscientiology and other related fields. Overall, the purpose of the center is to act as a focal point for both self-exploration and formal scientific research.

The facility contains a specialized library of approximately 35,000 books, in addition to encyclopedias, journal collections, magazines, dictionaries, and electronic articles. A future goal of the IAC is to construct a dedicated building for its library that can be open to the general public.

The campus provides accommodation to visitors in the Hospedarium lodge. There is also a house for any long-term stays required by head researchers or faculty members.

Consciential Laboratories

A key feature of the complex is its innovative, leading-edge consciential laboratories, each designed to provide an ideal environment for self-experimentation and research on a specific area. Consciential laboratories may facilitate parapsychic experiences even for individuals with no history of such experiences.

Because of the lack of known instruments in which to investigate nonphysical realities, self-experimentation studies engage the individual as both researcher and subject matter, with the observation and analysis of their own parapsychic experiences. This approach to experimentation adheres to the consciential paradigm, particularly the principle that direct experience is the best way to study consciousness.

Most of the laboratories feature spherical architectural designs that prove ideal for activities involving energies and multidimensional phenomena. A specialized energetic-informational field is established within each laboratory that reinforces the laboratory’s theme or objective. That field is further reinforced with each incremental experimentation session, thus enhancing outcomes over time.

A noteworthy laboratory is the Projectarium, a remarkable spherical building with a diameter of 9 meters (30 feet) that is dedicated to facilitating out-of-body experiences. A suspended platform in the sphere is one of several distinctive design elements incorporated into the Projectarium to enhance experimental outcomes. Self-experimenters lie on this suspended platform, positioned with their head in the center of the sphere. This gives the sense of being in a void.

In addition, the campus has a Cosmoconscientiarium, dedicated to producing expansion of lucidity and cosmoconsciousness experiences. This building is a sensorially isolated semi-sphere 8 meters (26 feet) in diameter, equipped with supporting devices, including a mini-planetarium that projects the sky onto the dome. This aids the experimenter to disconnect from day-to-day terrestrial and intraphysical matters.

Beyond the aforementioned, a number of other consciential laboratories are available, all focusing on topics that help catalyze the individual’s awareness and evolution via first-hand experience of multidimensional reality. One such example is the Phytolab, a wood structure built on a tree aimed at facilitating direct experiences with phytoenergies, the natural immanent energy of plants. These laboratories are the first of their type in the world.

Ecology and Sustainability

The campus team launched the Oasis Project initiative in 2005, with a view to preserve nature and develop the campus in an environmentally sustainable manner. Under the Oasis Project, the natural vegetation is being developed, trees are being planted, biodiversity is being cared for, and natural resources such as water are being managed in a sustainable manner.  Already, the number of species of birds and mammals living on the campus grounds has increased significantly.  In addition, the Oasis Project includes three further areas:

  • Waste management: recycling, composting, and eco-friendly sewerage system
  • Water resources: harnessing rainwater, reusing waste water
  • Renewable sources: using solar panels as well as photovoltaic panels to produce energy.

In keeping with the eco-friendly and low-carbon philosophy, the campus’ buildings use bioclimatic architectural strategies, which result in thermally comfortable spaces that are highly energy-efficient.

The property features some 400 mature trees which will remain intact, as construction takes place in the glades between them.

Plans

In its final form, the complex will include: 1) a number of consciential laboratories, providing optimal environments for self-experimentation [experiential labs for first-person research]; 2) a library and holoarchive comprising of a multimedia collection with catalogued and searchable items, reading rooms and computer terminals for research; 3) an administrative center; 4) a cafeteria, serving campus-based experiencers and researchers; 5) a laboratory dedicated to bioenergy research and other investigations that may require technical equipment; and, 6) a support building, which includes a business center, café, reading area, laptop stations, and a lounge area for networking and meetings.

NB: To visit the Campus, please schedule a time in advance by contacting campus@iacworld.org.

To know more about IAC Campus, please visit http://iacworld.org/research/research-campus