2021 INS Annual Meeting
Online Conference
November 4-5

2021 INS Annual Meeting

The INS annual meeting brings together diverse global perspectives and voices from academia, industry, health care, regulators, law experts, and people with lived experience that are needed to tackle global challenges at the intersection of ethics, law, philosophy and neuroscience. 

The 2021 meeting in November will be online and feature social justice. For latest news, see updates below and subscribe to all announcement emails.

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The 2021 INS Annual Meeting will focus on the theme: ‘Social Justice at the Center: Shaping the Future of Neuroethics.’ Social justice describes the project of promoting equity across geographic, economic, social, and cultural boundaries. In neuroethics, a focus on social justice motivates discussions of the value assumptions in neuroscience research; the norms of mental health and wellbeing; the accessibility and relevance of neuroscience innovations; among other questions.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has drawn widespread attention to inequity and injustice within and across societies. Motivated by this heightened awareness, this meeting seeks to engage the different communities and disciplines that make up the field of neuroethics in order to learn from one another and to work together to foster justice and equity in the brain sciences.

Submit Your Ideas

In planning this meeting, we hope to highlight the issues that are of greatest interest to you and our members. To that end, we invite suggestions for potential discussion topics, speakers, workshops, work products, outcomes, and recommended solutions. Please send your ideas and thoughts to the Program Committee using the program ideas submission form. Submissions received by Monday, May 24 will have the best chance to inform development of the program.

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Calls for Abstracts and Essays

This year's abstract call and call for essays are now available for reference. Submissions received by the July 2 deadline will be considered, respectively, for acceptance to the 2021 INS Annual Meeting or eligible for recognition as part of the Neuroethics Essay Contest.

Submitting an abstract provides an opportunity to share your research with international colleagues who are actively aligning ethics, law, and policy with advances in neuroscience. We welcome abstracts related to the field of neuroethics from any disciplinary background, using any methodological approach. Abstracts are encouraged to align with the theme of this year’s meeting — social justice and neuroethics — but this is not required.

Now in its eighth year, and administered collaboratively with the International Youth Neuroscience Association, the essay contest promotes interest in neuroethics among students and trainees around the world. Three submission categories are available to authors this year: high school, academic, and general audience. One winner from each category will be selected in August, with each receiving a 1-year INS student membership, a $250 prize, and their meeting registration fee waived if able to participate.

Please review all requirements before preparing your submissions. Many details remain similar to calls from previous years, however there are some important updates to consider. Most critically, you do not need to be a current INS member to submit an abstract or essay.

For both calls, we encourage and welcome submissions from students and researchers around the world. This importantly includes our colleagues in historically underrepresented or marginalized communities — women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities — as well as from our colleagues in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Thank you for sharing these two calls widely among your many networks. 

Members of the 2021 Program Committee

We are delighted to announce the INS members who will serve on the Program Committee this year and plan the online 2021 INS Annual Meeting. We thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to develop dynamic programming for the neuroethics and neuroscience communities.


  • Tim Brown, University of Washington (USA)
  • Laura Cabrera, Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  • Nicole Martinez-Martin, Stanford University (USA)


  • Katherine Bassil, Maastricht University (Netherlands)
  • Ishan Dasgupta, University of Washington (USA)
  • Jayashree Dasgupta, Samvedna Senior Care / Sangath (India)
  • Juhi Farooqui, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
  • Karen Herrera Ferrá, Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética (Mexico)
  • Emily Murphy, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (USA)
  • Rosemary Musesengwa, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Ilina Singh, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Laura Specker Sullivan, Fordham University (USA)

The 2021 INS Annual Meeting will be online, feature social justice

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) will organize a series of online sessions and networking activities for its next annual meeting, likely in October or November 2021. Specific dates, times, and the format of the conference will be determined in the coming weeks.

The meeting will focus on social justice, and serves to strengthen our commitment to make meaningful progress advancing inclusion and equity in the brain sciences. Development of the meeting theme and program is being led by the INS Program Committee, co-chaired by:

  • Tim Brown, University of Washington (USA)
  • Laura Cabrera, Michigan State University (USA)
  • Nicole Martinez-Martin, Stanford University (USA)

The INS Board of Directors determined an online format best ensures that our annual neuroethics event remains as widely available to members and priority audiences as possible. This is especially important for a meeting focused on social justice issues, and at a time when so many people continue to suffer from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any opportunities to hold safe and productive in-person activities in conjunction with the online programming of the 2021 meeting will be considered. While there are few substitutes for face-to-face interaction, the INS is committed to hosting meaningful opportunities for the neuroethics community, including a newly launched webinar series and the annual meeting.

The Program Committee welcomes your ideas and suggestions for the upcoming meeting. Calls for session proposals, abstracts, and the essay contest will be released soon. You may also email your comments to staff ([email protected]).

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