IBNS 29th Annual Meeting 

WHEN: June 2 - June 6, 2020
WHERE: Glasgow, Scotland

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About Glasgow

Scotland’s most accessible destination, Glasgow has three international airports with direct flights from over 110 counties.  From museums to music, art to architecture, scenery to shopping; find out why Glasgow was named one of the Top 10 'Best Cities in the World' in 2019. For more about our host city visit https://peoplemakeglasgow.com today.

Meeting Venue: Caledonian University 
Located in the heart of the energetic and historic city of Glasgow


Quick Links:

Presidential Welcome Program Committee Registration
Invited Speakers Local Organizing Committee Exhibitor/Sponsor Info
Important Dates Travel Awards  
Call for Proposals Abstract Submission  


Presidential Welcome

I am delighted for the opportunity to be in this position, ushering in our next meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, in June 2020!  Given that I am Scottish born and raised, it is wonderful to be able to go back to Scotland with you all, this Society that has felt like family over the years.  If you have never been to Scotland, jump at the chance – it is a beautiful, friendly country, go see the Highlands, probably the most beautiful part of the world that I have ever seen.  With Edinburgh only a 45 min train ride from the location, you will get to see and experience many of the best parts of Scotland while basking in the excellence in science.  Get your colleagues together and submit your symposia, travel award applications, and simply posters to come to this magical country.

Incidentally, I have received questions on whether it may be felt to be cultural appropriation were any non-Scots to rent a kilt at any point (e.g., the banquet…).  First of all, we Scots are happy to share our culture with the world.  A kilt is one of the most comfortable things to wear; I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to try one (males, females, and all in-between) – when else will you get the chance?  That point convinced many friends and family members at my partner and my wedding in 2014 (see picture), wherein numerous Americans, Mexicans, French, German, and others all took advantage of the opportunity.  So, come to Scotland for the science, stay for the amazing whiskies and opportunities for fun!

Stay tuned for hints and tips for things to see and do while in Scotland. Looking forward to seeing you there, so get those symposia proposals in by October 1st 2019!


Jared W. Young, IBNS President
Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

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Invited Speakers

Presidential Lecture:  Dissecting prefrontal-subcortical interplay guiding decision making

Stan B. Floresco, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Investigator at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Keynote Lecture:  A cross-species approach to empathy and harm aversion

Christian Keysers, Ph.D.
Department Head, Social Brain Lab, Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences and Professor for Social Neuroscience, University of Amsterdam, Dept. Psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bench-to-Bedside Lecture:  Taking Neurogenesis Out of the Lab and Into the World with MAP TRAIN MY BRAINTM

Tracey J. Shors, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Director of Graduate Studies & Vice Chair, Department of Psychology,
Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Keynote Lecture:  Understanding links between gene and brain dysfunction in psychiatric illness

Elizabeth Tunbridge, D.Phil.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and Supernumerary Fellow, University College Oxford, England, UK 

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Important Dates

October 1, 2019 Symposia Proposals Due  (Form opens Aug. 16, 2019)
December 6, 2019 Travel Award Applications Due  (Form opens Oct. 1, 2019)
January 6, 2020 Travel Award Notifications
February 3, 2020 Abstract Submissions Due (Form opens Oct. 1, 2019)
February 3, 2020 Early Discounted Registration Ends (Form opens Oct. 1, 2019)
February 14, 2020 Final date to submit an Abstract Due (poster only)
March 13, 2020 Exhibitor Registration Deadline
May 1, 2020 Late Registration Begins (added $50 late fee)
May 1, 2020 Last day for cancelled registration refunds (minus $25 service fee)
June 2-6, 2020 Conference Dates

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Abstract Submission

The IBNS Program Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2020 Annual Meeting. Review the requirements and make your online submission using the 2020 Abstract Form.  Abstracts may be submitted on any subject related to the general area of behavioral neuroscience to be considered for poster presentation only.  Abstracts should be submitted by February 3, 2020. Late abstracts will be considered until February 14, 2020, for posters only.

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Travel Awards

Travel Award applicants are judged based on criteria specific to their level of training. In addition, travel costs will be taken into consideration in determining the final amount of the award. Travel Award recipients are required to present a poster as well as participate in a slide blitz session. Award recipients are required to attend the entire meeting. 

Submit your 2020 Travel Award Application TODAY! One must be a current member of IBNS in order to be considered.  Notifications of Travel Awards will be made in early January, so that travel awardees may register for the meeting at the lowest discounted rate.

Click here to view previous Travel Award winners.

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Registration for the IBNS 2020 Annual Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, is now open at Early Bird rates for members and non-members.  Note that members receive discounted registration rates, so consider Membership in IBNS, if you plan to attend.  Please review the 2020 Meeting Registration webpage for more information and for a link to the registration form.

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Exhibitor/Sponsor Information

Interested in providing information about your product or service to the attendees of IBNS 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland?  Review our Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus and choose your level of sponsorship and/or register as an exhibitor through our online Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration form.  If you have any questions, please email the IBNS Central Office.  We appreciate your support!

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Call for Proposals (DEADLINE HAS PASSED)

We are pleased to announce that the IBNS Program Committee is now accepting proposals to develop an exciting program for the 2020 Annual Meeting. Review the Call for Proposals and make your online submission using the 2020 IBNS Symposia Proposal Form.

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Program Committee

Elizabeth Byrnes, Chair, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA, USA 2021
Lisa Briand, Co-Chair, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 2022
Farida Sohrabji, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Bryan, TX, USA 2020

Cindy Barha, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2020
Gregory Carr, Diversity Committee Liaison, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Baltimore, MD, USA 2022
Stan Floresco, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 2022
Peter Kalivas, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA 2020
Amanda Kentner, Diversity Committee Liaison, MCPHS University, Boston, MA, USA 2021
Yasushi Kiyokawa, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 2021
Markus Wohr, Council Liaison, Philipps-University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany 2021

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Local Organizing Committee

Jared Young, IBNS President & Council Liaison, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA 2021
Gernot Riedel, Chair,  University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK 2020
Tommy Patti, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 2020
Bill Deakin, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, UK 2020
Hugh Marston, Eli Lilly, Windlesham, UK 2020
Ciaran Fitzpatrick, BMC - Springer, London, England, UK 2020
Emma Robinson, University of Bristol, Bristol, England, UK 2020
Jill Fowler, University of Edinburgh, Scotland 2020
Keith Matthews, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK 2020
David Tait, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
Trevor Robbins, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, UK 2020
Richard Morris, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2020
Peter Uhlhaas, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK 2020
Catriona Marston, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK 2020
Ros Langston, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK 2020
David Slattery, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany 2020

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