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Oliver Lazar | The EREAMS-study: An empirical study on afterlife contacts | In Centre

27 October, 2023.7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Sandra Aetheris Evening of Mediumship in the sir arthur conan doyle centre in edinburgh

The EREAMS-study: An empirical study on afterlife contacts

A talk with Oliver Lazar

Friday 27th October | 7-9pm | £15 (£20 for this and Discussion)



The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre is delighted to have Professor Oliver Lazar here presenting on his work designing the EREAMS Study

In this talk, Professor Oliver Lazar will discuss his historic 2019 EREAMS (Empirical Research of the Effectiveness and Authenticity of Messages from Spirit) study, and the personal spiritual awakening that led to it.

This ground breaking work is the world’s largest study on mediumistic afterlife contacts, including 500 international participants. After experiencing a personal tragedy, Professor Lazar was driven to use his scientific framework to investigate the afterlife. The results have universal implications.


The EREAMS Study

The study team for EREAMS consisted of two mediums, Bettina Suvi Rode and Tanja Schlömer, and psychotherapist Kathrin Stephan. In the study, 500 international sittings were investigated using an established empirical methodology. The participants received an afterlife contact from one of the two mediums trained in British spiritualism and about three to four weeks after the sitting they were sent a questionnaire in which they could evaluate and describe their experience by answering several questions.

The most important research question deat with the authenticity of the transmitted messages, i.e. to what extent one can assume that the transmitted information really comes from the respective deceased person and has not been determined by research or psychological tricks. EREAMS focused on highly specific information in the messages that the medium could not possibly have guessed, e.g. family secrets that only the deceased could have known, naming objects which were placed in the coffin, the reproduction of typical phrases, gestures or even speech impediments of the deceased. Particularly impressive was such information that was known neither to the medium nor to the bereaved person at the time of the sitting and which had to be verified afterwards, e.g. formerly existing fruit trees in the garden or about an aborted pregnancy.

The second research question aimed at how comforting such authentic afterlife contact is. This meant looking at the real psychological impact of authentic afterlife contact, demonstrating that it serves a medical purpose.

The results of both were highly significant and have shaken the materialistic worldview.


  • Talk 90 mins
  • Q&A 30 mins

About Oliver Lazar

Oliver S. Lazar, was born in 1974 and comes from Essen in the Ruhr area/ Germany. He first studied human medicine at the University of Essen and then computer science at the Technical University in Dortmund, graduating in 2005 with a degree in computer science. After returning to the Ruhr area, he worked on his thesis, “Effects on the sympathetic nervous system with combination therapies in the treatment of patients with hypertension“ in the Department of Nephrology at the University Hospital Essen. In 2008, he  received a doctorate in the natural sciences of medicine from the medical faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Since 2012, he has been a professor of computer science in Düsseldorf, at Germany’s largest private university.

After the tragic accidental death of a classmate of his then 13-year-old daughter in 2017, he underwent a complete life change combined with profound personal spiritual experiences that opened the door to a much larger world. As a result, he began to view and understand the world holistically, completely detached from worldviews. As part of this change, he completed medial training with spiritual teacher Bettina-Suvi Rode in Essen from 2019 to 2020. Together with her I also designed the EREAMS study.



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