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International Research Conference on Mindfulness (IRCM)

About IRCM

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As time passes and technology advances, the pace of change continues without slowing down, gently influencing our lives. At the same time, when almost every human mind has been engulfed in stress, mindfulness has emerged like a bud blooming in adversity. Mindfulness to our mind is like a string to a kite that directs it on its path and prevents it from drifting away. Mindfulness molds a person into a better human being, for the self and for the society.

As a torchbearer of this idea, Indian Institute of Management, Bodh Gaya, India, the enlightening IIM, organizes the International Research Conference on Mindfulness. The conference is held under the aegis of Samatvam, the Mindfulness Center of IIM Bodh Gaya. It is a bi-annual conference that brings together researchers, practitioners, and academicians worldwide to share their ideas on mindfulness and allied areas. The conference features keynote speakers, panel discussions, paper presentations and workshop on a variety of topics related to mindfulness, including but not limited to:

  • The science of mindfulness
  • The practice of mindfulness
  • The applications of mindfulness in business, education, healthcare, and other fields.

The inaugural IRCM took place in 2022 and proved to be an enriching event. The conference brought together leading scholars, academicians, practitioners, and consultants worldwide in the field of mindfulness and wellbeing, who shared their research and experiences on varied themes. The conference included three workshop sessions on the topics - Tools to optimize workplace well-being, Compassion - A Necessary Skill for Outstanding Leadership, and Emotional Resilience by leading experts from across the world namely Lori Schwanbeck (Mindfulness based emotional intelligence consultant), Ruchika Sikri (Founder of Mandala Ventures, Start up advisor, Thought leader) and Lakshmi Menon Bhatia (Mindfulness Coach, Strategic Advisor, Business and Human Rights) respectively. The conference also hosted keynote presentations from eminent speakers such as Richard Badham, PhD (Professor, Macquarie Business School), Scott Shute (Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn), Rich Fernandez, PhD (CEO, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute), Lynn C. Waelde, PhD (Professor, Palo Alto University), Amit Bernstein, PhD (Professor, University of Haifa), Sousan Abadian, PhD (Speaker and Educator in Leadership and Innovation), and Deborah L. Schussler, PhD (Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University) on varied topics such as Mindfulness and Technology, Mindfulness-Based Trauma Recovery for Refugees, Mindfulness and Meditation for Self-Care and Self-Development, etc. Around 200 delegates from across the world participated and presented their research in the 1st IRCM 2022. The conference also featured the release of an edited book titled Transforming Lives through Mindfulness, including selected papers from the conference.  These sessions explored ways of collaboration between different stakeholders such as researchers, academicians, consultants, psychologists, and social workers.

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2nd International Research Conference on Mindfulness (IRCM 2024)

Theme – Mindfulness for Sustainable Business and Innovation

Business focus in recent years has inclined towards on mindfulness training, practice, and research as a technique for organizational well-being, as a means for reflection and learning, human resource practice, self-awareness and emotion regulation for leaders, improving social relationships in the workplace, increasing employee resilience and performance, and to achieve sustainable goals and enhance innovation for competitive advantage. Also, mindfulness is being practiced as technique of stress reduction, management of chronic pain, behavioural therapy, and other areas. Business environment during post pandemic scenario also look for more practical applications of mindfulness to ensure sustainable business practices. Thus, the need of the hour is to bring together researchers, practitioners and academicians to exchange and share their experiences and research in various areas of ‘Mindfulness for Sustainable Business and Innovation’. The idea is to provide an opportunity to discuss how the concepts and practices of mindfulness can be incorporated in the business context and create sustainable and innovative organizations. It also provides an interdisciplinary platform to highlight the importance of developing mindful organizations, business leaders, and employees.

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Theme – Mindfulness for Sustainable Business and Innovation

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About IIM Bodh Gaya

Nestled amidst the brilliance of India's finest minds, the Indian Institutes of Managements have earned an esteemed reputation as second to none. Among the IIMs in India, standing tall in the land of Lord Buddha, is IIM Bodh Gaya, the Enlightening IIM. The history of IIM Bodh Gaya reverberates with that of Lord Buddha itself. On January 14, 2020, His Holiness the Dalai Lama bestowed a new mission upon IIM Bodh Gaya, transforming it into "The Enlightening IIM" on that momentous day. Like Lord Buddha, IIM Bodh Gaya espouses the importance of living a meaningful life that contributes to the amelioration of society and strives to train its students similarly. It aspires to be a preeminent management school recognized for its commitment to cultivating socially responsible and mindful business leaders.

IIM Bodh Gaya's mission is to nurture leaders who are mindful of their actions’ impact on others and committed to making a positive difference in the world. It also endeavors to enhance academic excellence in learning practices and research. The institute has developed a solid educational and research foundation, and its alums have succeeded in leading businesses in India and worldwide.

Through its courses, such as Yoga, Mindfulness at Workplace, Emotional Intelligence, The Science of Well-being, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and initiatives, such as Samatvam- the Mindfulness Center- IIM Bodh Gaya and International Research Conference on Mindfulness (IRCM) have proven that IIM Bodh Gaya practices what it preaches and will never stop in the path of its goals.

Samatvam – The Mindfulness Centre, IIM BG

The world is facing environmental challenges, with issues like deforestation, animal extinction, and ecosystem damage. These problems have serious consequences for both nature and human well-being. However, amidst these concerns, there is a growing awareness of mindfulness and sustainability. Samatvam - the Mindfulness Center, initiated by IIM Bodh Gaya, stands as a symbol of hope and progress in promoting responsible practices.

Samatvam is the concept of equanimity or ‘evenness of mind’. It is a state of equilibrium where one develops an inward tranquility and attains the stability of mind. It is the ability to maintain a balanced and calm state of mind, regardless of the circumstances. It is the skill of being able to experience both positive and negative emotions without being overly attached to either one. Samatvam – The Mindfulness Centre at IIM Bodh Gaya is an endeavour to develop mindful business leaders, who embody the philosophy of ‘samatvam’. IIM Bodh Gaya aims to complement the curriculum of business education by integrating it with the awareness of self and the environment. We strive to create a learning environment that elevates the collective consciousness of the community and inspires a sense of commitment towards mindful practices.

Sustainability is an essential aspect of mindfulness, stemming from profound compassion and empathy for both humanity and the natural world. The Three P's are at its core: planet, profit, and people. ‘People’ advocates for social equity, while ‘Planet’ emphasizes environmental health. Samatvam, the Mindfulness Centre, plays a crucial role in cultivating mindful individuals who become sustainability's torchbearers. These future leaders recognize that the Earth is a gift from our ancestors and that we owe it to future generations. They champion sustainable practices as eco-conscious knights in shining armor, ensuring a harmonious coexistence with nature. Through their efforts, they protect the Earth's natural beauty and resources, paving the way for a greener, more compassionate world and leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Call for Papers

IIM Bodh Gaya invites management practitioners, faculty members, and research scholars to submit and present their research papers at its 2nd International Research Conference on Mindfulness 2024 (IRCM 2024) to be held from 8th to 10th February 2024 . It is being organised in two parts. Pre-conference workshop would be held on 8th February 2024 and would include practice and discussion sessions on meditation and mindfulness practice interventions. Conference presentations will be held from 9th to 10th February 2024 .

Prospective authors are cordially invited to shape the conference through submissions of their research ideas and papers. High quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas on the theme of Mindfulness for Sustainable Business and Innovation , including but not limited to different areas of management, would be considered for presentation at the conference.

Adopting the New Normal, the conference is planned to be held in hybrid mode . Authors should submit original, unpublished research papers, which are not under publication with any journal. Selected papers will be invited for revision and review for publication in ABDC-ranked, Scopus and Web of Science journals/special issue.

The themes for the conference are as follows (but not limited to these):

Mindfulness for business strategy in uncertain times

Organizations have adopted mindful practices to gain a sustainable competitive advantage in the VUCA world. Cultivating and building structural, ecological, and individual resilience is increasingly becoming a part of business continuity plans. Organizational resilience through mindfulness practices enables leaders and employees to bounce back from setbacks and disasters and focus on strategic goals.

  • Mindfulness in Business Continuity and Preparedness
  • Organization Resilience
  • Defining “New Normal” with mindfulness
  • Mindfulness for Organizational Strategy

Technology and mindfulness

In the age of digital, information overload and coping with newer technologies lead to anxiety and stress among employees. Technology or digital mindfulness refers to consciously and mindfully adopting technology to support one’s well-being and mental health.

  • Digital Wellbeing and Mindfulness
  • Tools for Mindfulness
  • IT Mindfulness
  • E- mindfulness

Organizational mindfulness

Environmental vulnerability can be minimized through mindfulness-based strategies and redesigning organizing processes. Practicing mindfulness not only has physiological benefits for individuals but also has a positive impact on their workplace. Mindfulness drives many aspects of a healthy workplace including wellbeing, relationships, creativity, resilience and coping with change. A mindful leader can form more constructive relationships with co-workers that helps them to connect and empathize on a deeper level.

  • Developing a Mindful Workplace
  • Mindfulness for Employee Well-being
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Mindfulness for Creativity and Innovation

Mindful Operations

Effective operation management involves planning, organizing, and controlling various operational aspects in an organization to maximize productivity, minimize costs, and optimize overall performance. In doing so, inculcation of mindful operations in day-to-day operations of the organization proves to be effective to the organization. By incorporating mindfulness into operations, organizations aim to enhance employee engagement, productivity, reliability, customer service and overall satisfaction.

  • Mindfulness in Quality, Reliability, and Customer Service
  • Sustainable/Mindful Planning & Production
  • Resilient & Adaptable Operations Management
  • Mindful Management of Supply Chain
  • Practicing Mindful Quality Control
  • Fostering Mindful Process Improvement
  • Building Sustainable & Mindful Customer Service Systems

Sustainability and mindfulness

Nations around the globe start proclaiming the necessity of promoting sustainability and mindfulness to ensure a healthy living. Through this, they also ensure all citizens to embrace and value it for the present and future generations. The twin practices produce an enormous range of benefits to individual health, wellbeing, and functioning and thus provide a holistic development for individuals of various levels, institutions and organizations. Thus, it commemorates a society with cheerful faces and great minds.

  • Green Mindfulness
  • CSR, Sustainability, and Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness for Triple Bottom-line (People, Planet, and Profits)
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Mindful marketing

The literature on mindfulness has mentioned the potential of mindfulness research for consumer, societal, and environmental well-being. In today’s modern world, advances in technology have caused consumption to expand multifold. The grave effects of consumerism are visible now and the major reason for this consumption-induced problems is mindlessness. Mindfulness holds the potential to act as an antidote to consumerism by transforming consumer behaviour.

  • Mindful Marketing
  • Mindful Consumption
  • Sustainable Marketing
  • Mindfulness in the use of Social Media
  • Mindlessness and Mindfulness in Consumerism

Eastern and Western Philosophies of Mindfulness

Eastern Philosophies, particularly Indian, is non-religious at its core. This is so because the issues addressed here are human existence, happiness, and contentment. It is not confined only to materialistic aspects. Accordingly, this track focusses on topics with an inclusive agenda for psychological studies such as Yoga way of life, Meditation, Consciousness.

  • Indigenous/Indian knowledge System
  • Meditation and Mindfulness Interventions
  • Yoga and mindfulness for Self- Regulation
  • Mindfulness and Happiness

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Conference Schedule and Important Dates

Registration start dateNovember 21st, 2023
Registration closing dateDecember 24th, 2023
Extended up to January 25th, 2024
Pre-conference workshop February 08th, 2024
Conference presentations February 9th and 10th, 2024

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Keynote Speakers


Dr. Shalini Bahl

Educator, Researcher, & Consultant, Mindfulness and Marketing Founder, Know Your Mind, Massachusetts, US


Dr. William Van Gordon

Chartered Psychologist and Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology University of Debry, UK


Dr. Oleg Medvedev

Editor, Mindfulness Journal University of Waikato, New Zealand


Ms. Ruchika Sikri

General Partner, Wisdom Ventures, Former Head of Well-being and Learning, Google


Dr. Jyoti Bachani

Full Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California, US


Dr. Ashish Pandey

Professor, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, I.I.T.Bombay, Powai, Mumbai

Dr Dona Hicks

Dr. Donna Hicks

Author of Leading with Dignity & Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Dr. Atul Parvatiyar

Dr. Atul Parvatiyar

Professor, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Rawls College of Business

Workshop Trainers


Ms. Ruchika Sikri

General Partner, Wisdom Ventures, Former Head of Well-being and Learning, Google

Workshop Topic : Designing Tomorrow: The Compassionate Innovator's Blueprint.


Dr. Jyoti Bachani

Full Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California, US

Workshop Topic : Mindful Movements to Connect with the Self and Others: Improv for Humanistic Organizing.


Dr. Jyotsna Bhatnagar

Professor and Dean - Research, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon

Workshop Topic : Let us find our Ikigai with colours on canvas

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Note : For detail about the fees, please refer the Submissions & Fees tab.

Registration Fees for Conference

ParticularsIndia & SAARC Nations
Other Countries
Delegates from Industry8000 + GST140 + GST
Delegates from Academia6000 + GST115 + GST
Research Scholars / Students4500 + GST80 + GST

Registration Fees for Conference + Workshop

ParticularsIndia & SAARC Nations
Other Countries
Delegates from Industry10000 + GST180 + GST
Delegates from Academia7500 + GST150 + GST
Research Scholars / Students5500 + GST100 + GST

Registration Fees for Workshop

ParticularsIndia & SAARC Nations
Other Countries
Delegates from Industry4000 + GST80 + GST
Delegates from Academia3000 + GST50 + GST
Research Scholars / Students2000 + GST30 + GST

*Registration Fee does not include accommodation.

For attending the conference: 3000 INR + GST.

The Registration will start from November 21st, 2023.

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Organizing Committee

Prof. Vinita S. Sahay, Director, IIM Bodh Gaya
Prof. Vinita S. SahayDr. Nidhi MishraDr. Remya Lathabhavan
Conference Committee
Dr. Vittal Rangan SDr. Vinit GhoshDr. Teena BhartiDr. Prabhu
Dr. Chandan PrasadDr. Medha SrivastavaDr. Raveesh KDr. Amresh Kumar
Dr. Chiranjit DasDr. Rohit AgrawalDr. Madan Lal YadavDr. Sreelekha Mishra
Dr. Aviral Kumar TiwariDr. Anirban SenguptaDr. Amit Kumar SrivastavaDr. Durba Banerjee
Dr. Soumya Prakash PatraDr. Hari VenkateshDr. Debasmita DeyDr. Srividya Raghavan

Publication Opportunities

Structured abstracts of the papers selected for presentation will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the regular/ special issues of the following journals/book:

  • Journal of Loss and Trauma
  • International Journal of Services, Economics and Management
  • The Learning Organisation
  • Sustainable Cities and Society
  • Cogent Economics and Finance
  • Environment and Social Psychology
  • Comparative Analysis of Digital Consciousness and Human Consciousness: Bridging the Divide in AI Discourse by IGI Global (Book)
*The papers will be processed as per the policies of the respective journals.


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Registration Link

To attend the conference and/or the workshop, you must complete the registration process latest by 24th December 2023.

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Please enter IRCM 2024 Under “Apply for”

The details about the registration fees can be found on this webpage under Submissions & Fees tab.

You are also invited to attend our Pre-conference Workshop on Mindfulness by our esteemed and world-renowned trainers to be held on 8th February, 2024.



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