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The Committees of the Society for Psychical Research

The Society's activities are organised by committees, listed below.

Buckmaster Oversight Committee

Oversees publications projects funded by the legacy of Nigel Buckmaster, including the creation of the Psi Encyclopedia

Chairman: Dr Richard Broughton

Members: Prof. Bernard Carr, John Fraser, Dr Graham KiddAlan Murdie, Adrian Ryan, Dr Zofia Weaver

 

Conference Programme Committee

Organises the Society's annual international conference, usually held in early September

Chairman: Prof. Adrian Parker

Members: Prof. Bernard Carr, Prof. Chris RoeDr Alan Gauld, Nemo MörckAlan Murdie, Dr Tom Ruffles

Editorial Board

Provides academic editorial advice for the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research

Chairman: Prof. Chris Roe

Members: Dr Carlos Alvarado, Prof. Stephen Braude, Dr Richard Broughton, Prof. Bernard Carr, Prof. Deborah Delanoy, Dr Alan GauldProf. Adrian Parker, Prof. John PoyntonAdrian Ryan, Dr Stefan Schmidt, Dr Paul Stevens, Prof. Caroline Watt

Education and Publicity Committee

Co-ordinates and publicises educational activities 

Chairman: Prof. Bernard Carr

Members: Dr Deborah EricksonRobert McLuhan, Nemo MörckProf. Chris Roe, Dr Tom Ruffles, Dr Leo Ruickbie
 

Library Committee

Acquires new titles for the SPR library

Chairman: Dr Tom Ruffles

Members: Dr Graham KiddRobert McLuhan, Nemo Mörck, Dr John Newton, Karen Patel, Prof. John Poynton, Dr Melvyn Willin

 

Research Grants Committee

Distributes grants to support research in a number of areas.

Chairman: Prof. Deborah Delanoy

Members: Dr Richard Broughton, Prof. Bernard Carr, Dr Alan Gauld, Adrian Ryan

 

Spontaneous Cases Committee

Handles reports received from the general public concerning anomalous phenomena, ranging from precognitive dreams to sightings of apparitions

Chairman: Alan Murdie

Members: Dr Barrie Colvin, Dr Callum Cooper, Paul Cropper, John Fraser, Dr Graham Kidd, Ashley Knibb, Rita Leek, Dr John Newton, Steve Parsons, Dr Leo Ruickbie, James Tacchi, Dr Zofia Weaver, Ciaran Farrell
 

Survival Research Committee

This committee distributes a fund made up of legacies to the Society which have been restricted to supporting research on the question of the survival of the human mind and personality after death.  The largest of these legacies, from Henry B. Tate (of Tate & Lyle) originally required the organisation of two Gwen Tate Memorial Lectures each year. This requirement no longer applies but the Society continues to hold the lectures. In addition to the Gwen Tate Memorial Lectures, the fund is also used to award grants supporting research specifically on the topic of survival.

Chairman: Marian Barton

Members: Dennis Bury, Dr M Colborn, Dr Callum Cooper, Dr Alan Gauld, Dr David Rousseau, Dr D Saunders