The International Society for Presence Research (ISPR) is a non-profit membership organization founded in 2002 to support academic research related to the concept of (tele)presence.

Telepresence, often shortened to presence, is commonly referred to as a sense of ‘being there’ in a virtual environment and more broadly defined as an illusion of nonmediation in which users of any technology overlook or misconstrue the technology’s role in their experience.

This web site is intended to serve as a resource for those who conduct research, develop theory, design, market, write about, or simply are interested in, the concept and phenomena of presence.

We encourage your questions, contributions, comments and suggestions regarding ISPR and all aspects of this website; please feel free to contact us via e-mail at


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The Power of Presence: Using Telepresence Theory, Research and Applications to Enhance Mediated Communication Experiences in the 21st Century

An ICA preconference co-sponsored by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)
June 8, 2016 (with demonstrations and guided sightseeing events June 7)

Join us in Kyoto, Japan for an ISPR conference event two days before the 66th annual conference of the International Communication Association in Fukuoka, 9-13 June (note: ICA submissions deadline is November 2, 2015).

The ISPR event will include a full day of keynote and other invited presentations, peer reviewed state-of-the-art papers/posters/demos, discussion, networking, socializing and fun.  Registration (in addition to ICA fees): $50 ($40 for students).

Full details are here!



ISPR 2014:

Thanks to everyone who made ISPR 2014 at the University of Vienna a great success, especially Conference Chairs Anna Felnhofer and Oswald D. Kothgassner.

The official Proceedings are available now from Amazon and Facultas.

ISPR 2014

[Image © M/G Felnhofer]

Vienna, Austria
March 17-19, 2014

More information here!

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