The ASSC is an academic society that promotes rigorous research and coordinates annual conferences directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. The ASSC includes members working in the fields of cognitive science, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities.
Led by Patrick Wilken, the ASSC was founded in 1994. The initial members of founding committee were Bernard Baars, William Banks, David Chalmers, Stanley Klein, George Buckner, David Rosenthal and Thomas Metzinger. The first ASSC conference was located in Claremont, California, in 1997. Annual meetings have been held every year since and are now rotated between Europe, North America and Asia.