Blue / Grey hero banner image

37th SPR International Annual Conference

 Registration is closed for this event
The SPR’s 37th International Annual conference will be held at the Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales, UK between Friday 6 and Sunday 8 September 2013. Swansea University is the second closest university campus to the sea in the world, so we hope you will enjoy the location. As always, our very full conference programme will address a broad range of topics, covering both spontaneous cases and laboratory research. In addition to the talks, conferences are a marvelous opportunity to network and share views, and there will be time to socialise over lunch and the regular coffee breaks, not to mention during the President’s drinks reception on Friday evening and Saturday’s conference banquet. Speakers have come from all over the UK, as well as from Europe, USA, India and Japan, making it truly an international event. This year’s conference promises to be full of interest, as ever, and the new chairman of our Conference Programme Committee will add a fresh take on a tried and tested formula. Those who attend, whether this is their first conference or their thirty-seventh, can be sure of having both an informative and a very enjoyable time. We look forward to seeing you in Swansea!


Please find herewith the final programme for the Society’s 37th Annual Conference to be held at Fulton House, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP along with travel details.



All delegates must register on arrival at the SPR Conference Office in the Gower Room on the second floor of FULTON HOUSE from 12.30 p.m. on Friday.  Room keys, parking permits and Wi-Fi forms will be available here.  If the key to your room is not available when you arrive, luggage can be left in this office.


Arrivals on Thursday

Please go to Preseli House (open 24 hours).  Ask at the gate for directions.


There will be signage in Fulton House to the SPR Office but the staff at Reception will direct you if necessary.  This office will be open throughout  the conference.


All conference presentations will take place in the Café West on the first floor.  Lunches and dinners will be in the Refectory.


Please note that in no circumstances will the University or the Society accept any responsibility or liability for any loss or damage to property belonging to conference delegates and you are advised to arrange suitable insurance as necessary.


Please contact the SPR office, on the telephone number at the top of this letter, if you have any queries regarding the conference arrangements.  Please bear in mind that the office will be closed on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Monday 9th September.


We look forward to seeing you all there.




Fulton House, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP


By road

Leave  the  M4  at  Junction  42  (signposted  Swansea  A483)  where  the  slip  road  will bring you onto  Fabian  Way.   

At  the  first  roundabout  (1.1  miles)  take  the  second  exit  continuing  west  (the first exit  is  a  no through  road).   Continue straight across the junction with traffic lights (Visteon Factory on right).   Continue  straight  across  the  next junction  with traffic  lights  (Swansea  Docks  to  the  left  and  Park  and  Ride  car  park  to  the  right  -  3.8  miles).   

Go  straight  across  the  junction  with  traffic  lights  onto  the  bridge  over  the  River Tawe  (A4067) at  the  southern  margin  of  the  city  centre  (4.6  miles).   

RAC Road Signage from this point.   Pass  Sainsbury's  (4.8  miles,  on  the  left)  and Swansea Museum  (5  miles,  again  on  the  left).    Continuing  straight  ahead,  pass the  large  Tesco  store  on  your  right  (5.4  miles),  and  the  City  and  County  of Swansea  offices  on  your  left  (5.5 miles).

Continue  along  the  coast  road  towards  Mumbles,  passing  a  stretch  of  bed  and breakfast hotels  and  the  Bay  View  public  house  on  your  right.   After  the  next  set of  traffic  lights  make sure  you  are  in  the  outside  lane  of  the  dual  carriageway  as you  pass  St  Helen's  Rugby  Ground (6.3  miles). 

Continue through the next junction. The entrance to the University is a right turn at the next set of traffic lights.

By train, bus or coach

Coaches arrive at the Quadrant Bus Station in Swansea.   Bus  numbers  2A  and  3A depart  for  the University  from  Stand  No.2 approximately every 15  minutes. These buses will bring you onto campus.  

A single ticket costs £2.05. Buses return from campus to the Quadrant Bus Station at regular intervals.

A regular and reliable bus service runs from the train station to the Quadrant bus station.

Alternatively, a taxi from the railway station to campus will cost around £8.

The new "bendy-bus" service (Bus number 4) also provides a direct link from the railway station to the campus.



Delegates who are staying overnight with us may park in any of the parking spaces on campus.  Please tell security at the gate that you will be resident with our conference and they should be able to direct you.

Non-residents may park on campus after 4.30 p.m. on Friday.  The best outside parking to use would be the Pub on the Pond, by Singleton Hospital.  To get to this car park, turn in off the beach road at the turning AFTER the university, coming from the city centre.



The best place to head for bars, food and entertainment is the marina:

 For scenery, historical buildings and sea views then the Gower peninsula and The Mumbles are nearby and worth a visit:

 Haunted Attractions: (local)

 Oystermouth Castle:

 Swansea Museum:

 Haunted Attractions: (Bit further)

 Margam castle:

 Castell Coch:

 Non Haunted:

 Dylan Thomas Birthplace:

 National Botanic garden of Wales:

 St. Fagans. National History Museum:



There is also a strong local connection between the Swansea / Neath area and the SPR in the form of Winfred Coombe-Tennant (Mrs Willets) who lived at Cadoxton Lodge in the Vale of Neath just a few miles from Swansea. The house is now in private ownership but the local church at Cadoxton does have some family plaques.

 S P R 37th International ANNUAL Conference 2013


Swansea University




FRIDAY 6th September



14:20 – 14:30

Welcoming Remarks






14:30 – 15:00

John Poynton

Different Vibrations or Different Spaces? A Basic Question in Psi Research

15:00 – 15:30

Donald West & Betty Markwick

Dr Soal: A Psychic Enigma

15:30 – 16:00

Michael Potts

The Principle of Credulity and Testimonial Evidence for Psi



16:00 – 16:30




16:30 – 17:00

David Vernon

Exploring the Possibility of Precognitive Priming

17:00 – 17:30

Sean O’Donnell

‘Awkward Questions’ Revisited; Ameliorations Proposed








PRESIDENT’S DRINKS RECEPTION - with special guest Rev J Towyn Jones









SATURDAY 7th September






09:00 – 09:30

David Wilson

The Spiritualist Development Circle as Laboratory: Some Reflections on Methodology Arising from Apprentice-Participation

09:30 – 10:00

Rachel Browning

The Relationship Between Physical Phenomena and Electronic Voice Phenomena Reported in Séances with a Physical Circle from 2008 to 2013

10:00 – 10:30

Ross Friday

I Hear Dead People: Individual Differences in the Perception of Anomalous Voices in Ambiguous Electronic Audio Recordings


10:30 – 10:45



10:45 – 11:15

Ann Winsper

The Psychology of Alleged Electronic Voice Phenomena

11:45 – 12:15

Mika Iwasaki & Tatsu Hirukawa

Near-Death Experiences and their After-effects: 18 Cases from Japan

12:15 – 13:00

Invited Speaker:

Dr Peter Fenwick

Do End of Life Experiences and Cardiac Arrest OBEs Contribute to Our Understanding of Survival?





13:00 – 14:30








SATURDAY 7th September contd.





14:30 – 15:00

Sushant Meshram

Precognitive Dreams – A REM Sleep Fourth Dimensional Consciousness

15:00 – 15:30

Fernando de Pablos

The Arrows of Time, Precognitive Dreams and the Human Brain

15:30 – 16:00

Fergus Hinds

A New Approach to Precognition

16:00 – 16:30




16:30 – 17:00

Caroline Watt

Dream Precognition in the Sleep Laboratory






17:00 – 17:30

Peter McCue

High Strangeness Spontaneous Cases: What Do They Tell Us?

17:30 – 18:00

Serena Roney-Dougal

Follow-up Study of the Relationship Between Local Geomagnetic Activity and Psychic Awareness





After-dinner talk by Trevor Hamilton








SUNDAY 8th September






09:00 – 9:30

Neil Spring

The Ghost Hunters. What might have happened at Borley and Price’s Laboratory

09:30 – 10:00

Tony Percy

The Selection and Use of Instrumentation in the Investigation of the Paranormal

10:00 – 10:30

Steven Parsons

"It's Not Rocket Science!"

10:30 – 11:00

Aaron Lomas

Phenomenological Aspects of the Apparitional Experience:  A Current Study of How Individuals Have Experienced Such Anomalies

11:00 – 11:30




11:30 – 12:00

David Luke

The Men (and Woman) Who Stare at (Sheep and) Goats: Beliefs, Expectations, Experiences, Neurology and Gender in Haunt Site Vigils

12:00 – 12:30

Cal Cooper

Helpful or Harmful? Anomalous Experiences in Bereavement

12:30 – 13:00







13:00 – 13:15


Closing Remarks









6th September, 2013 2:00 PM to 8th September, 2013 2:00 PM
Swansea University
Singleton Park
West Glamorgan
United Kingdom
Show large map
Event Fee(s)
Registration options
Friday sessions £49.00
Friday evening dinner £18.00
Saturday sessions & lunch £110.00
Saturday evening banquet £37.00
Sunday sessions & lunch £63.00
Accommodation (includes breakfast)
SINGLE room - Friday £39.00
SINGLE room - Saturday £39.00
TWIN room - Friday (PER ROOM) £63.00
TWIN room - Saturday (PER ROOM) £63.00
Non-member surcharge per half-day £10.00
Student discount per half-day -£10.00