3rd IAC Global Award for Scientific Contribution to Conscientiology
PROCEDURES and RESULT
Dear research colleagues and scholars of consciousness science:
We are pleased to inform you that the evaluation process of the mentalsomatic works submitted to the 3rd IAC Global Award for Scientific Contribution to Conscientiology is now completed and closed.
Aiming to guarantee the neutrality of the evaluations, the names of the judging panel members as well as the strategy adopted for the evaluation of works were held in complete confidentiality. Not even the judging panel members knew who the other referees were.
To ensure the best standardization possible in the grading of works, the Department of Research and Scientific Communication of the IAC established a strict protocol, with a set of procedures, which is briefly mentioned below for your knowledge.
This document also informs you about the results of the evaluation of the works. Below you will find relevant comments on the final results and you can also verify more specifications in the final evaluation sheet with the details of the analysis, thereby granting the greatest possible transparency to the IAC Scientific Award.
GUIDELINES USED BY THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE FOR ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF THE WORKS:
- The IAC Scientific Award honors researchers who published papers that made significant theoretical or empirical advances in any sub discipline of Conscientiology. Therefore, each work has been graded based on its value to consciousness science, despite the importance that it might have has (or has) in any other field of science.
- The "size" of the work has not been taken into consideration to evaluate its importance. Therefore, the same "value" was given to a book or an article, since what distinguished which work made a greater contribution to consciousness science were the aspects described below, not the length of the work.
- In the context of the IAC Scientific Award, the form, which includes language and writing style, were considered of lesser value than the content (although it does have value and this has also been assessed). Therefore, a new word (i.e., a neologism) was not necessarily taken as of more weight or importance, unless a valuable new concept was associated with it.
- The work that led (1) to a greater understanding of the known concepts, (2) the creation of new approaches, techniques or theories, or (3) to conjecture of important concepts, were taken as the most relevant in the context of this contest
The referees received one copy of each work submitted and one form (Evaluation Sheet) to examine the work according to specific criteria. The Evaluation Sheets, with all fields that refer to grading appropriately filled out, were returned by the referees directly to the Research Dept. assistant and IAC Scientific Award manager, Ana Gastón, who did outstanding work.
The scientific committee and judging panel were composed by individuals from different cultures and languages, representing all organizations that work within conscientiology and of other varied paradigms of work, therefore, strengthening the neutrality of the analysis and the results even more.
Each aspect analysed in the form received a specific ‘weight’, previously attributed. When the referee graded an aspect and put it down in the appropriate field, the Excel sheet automatically calculated the final grading of the work, taking into consideration the specific weight given to each aspect analysed.
After all referees sent back their Evaluation Sheets in Excel for ALL the submitted works to the “work-flow manager”, these were compiled to achieve a total score for each work.
The following aspects were evaluated by referees:
- Relevance of the study to Conscientiology (weight: 4);
- Originality and innovativeness (weight: 4);
- Quality of research (weight: 4);
- Consistency (weight: 3);
- Work’s structure, organization, presentation and style (weight: 2);
- Impact and benefit to science (weight: 2);
- Complexity of the research topic (weight: 1).
- Each of the above aspects was thoroughly described and exemplified, to ensure a uniform understanding by all the referees.
- Only the referees evaluated works and gave scores. No other person from any conscientiological organization (CO) or any IAC office interfered in the results.
- Representatives of different COs composed the scientific committee, giving wider coverage and impartiality to the results.
We would like to thank the authors who have submitted their works and would also like to express our sincere appreciation to all who contributed to this work, especially the judging panel members, who devoted much of their time to undertake the analysis of the works.
We are pleased to inform that the winner of the 3rd edition of the award was Mr. Marcelo da Luz, for his work “Onde a Religião Termina?” (Where Religion Ends?), followed by second place Mr. Luis Minero, with his book “Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experiences – A Practical Manual for Exploration and Personal Evolution”, and Dr. Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi, for his article “From Yoga’s pranayama to Conscientiological VELO: a proposal for an integrative technique”.
The IAC congratulates da Luz for his outstanding and 1st place work, as well as Minero and Sassoli de Bianchi for their exceptional contributions.
We also thank all of those who submitted their works for the 3rd IAC Global Award for Scientific Contribution to Conscientiology.
IAC SCIENTIFIC AWARD CEREMONY
Please note that the ceremony for the presentation of the award to the winner of the contest will occur during the 1st International Congress of Conscientiology (ICC), which will take place at the IAC Research Campus in Portugal from May 22nd to May 24th, 2015.
We would like to invite you to attend the 1st ICC. It will be a pleasure to welcome you at IAC Campus.
With best wishes for your future mentalsomatic gestations,
IAC Research Campus
Department of Research and Scientific Communication
Herdade da Marmeleira
EN 18, km. 236 – Cx. 06
7100-500 Evoramonte - Estremoz