The OPEN Foundation (Stichting OPEN in Dutch) is an interdisciplinary organization which stimulates research into all aspects of the psychedelic experience. By organizing lectures, conferences and other informative meetings at universities, the goal of OPEN is to draw the attention of researchers towards this promising scientific subject. We spread honest information on both the potential and the risks of psychedelics, and hope to decrease the taboo that still surrounds the study of psychedelics. OPEN functions as a central node in an ever increasing network of national and international experts in the field of psychedelic research. A central focus in the coming years will be the facilitation and funding of psychedelic research in the Netherlands.
The idea of starting the OPEN Foundation came into being in January of 2006, in Basel (Switzerland). This is where the LSD symposium took place, organized in honour of the 100th birthday of Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD. Enjoying the company of so many people that are involved with psychedelics in a serious, scientific matter was an inspiring experience for both Dorien Tatalas and Joost Breeksema. We were surprised that there were no Dutch people amongst the speakers, and this led us to found the OPEN Foundation to provide psychedelic research with the attention and approachability it needs amongst academics.