The Contemplative Scientific Collaboration (CSC) initiative was founded by Wolfgang Lukas in September 2016. Wolfgang’s academic background is primarily in nuclear and particle physics and computer simulations. He obtained his master’s degree in physics from the Graz University of Technology and his PhD degree in particle physics from the University of Innsbruck, and has been a member of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN (close to Geneva, Switzerland) since 2010. Wolfgang began exploring contemplative practices in 2005, with a focus on Theravada and Zen Buddhism, while remaining fascinated by the big picture made of all contemplative practices and traditions, all scientific disciplines, arts and humanities together. In 2012 he met Scott Virden Anderson (director of the Yoga Science Foundation) who became a supporter of his career transition towards Contemplative Science. Born in 1979 in Graz, Austria, Wolfgang now considers himself a citizen of the universe. He loves to dance, enjoys poetry and storytelling, and is occasionally found baking bread or walking barefoot.
This work is being supported by the Yoga Science Foundation, and has been greatly inspired by the vision of the late neuroscientist and philosopher Francisco Varela (and many others).