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 (see Presence defined for more details).

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 our webform (or send an e-mail to


18th conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)
Orlando, Florida, USA  Online + Synchronous
October 23, 2020


Conference theme: Presence during and after the pandemic

NOTE: Although originally planned as a three-day, in-person conference, because of the Coronavirus PRESENCE 2020 will take place as a one-day, online conference; all presence topics are welcome but submissions related to the new theme – the many impacts of the pandemic on presence phenomena now and in the years ahead – are particularly encouraged. The 19th PRESENCE conference will take place next fall 2021 in Orlando. 

Program, registration and more information here



17th conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)
Prague, Czech Republic
May 21-22, 2018 (optional demonstrations and guided sightseeing events May 20)

Conference theme: Challenges


ISPR 2016 graphic

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)

An event held in Kyoto, Japan two days before the 66th annual conference of the International Communication Association in Fukuoka, June 9-13.

More details are here!


ISPR 2014:

ISPR 2014

[Image © M/G Felnhofer]

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.

Vienna, Austria
March 17-19, 2014

More information here

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