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Annual Meeting
October 22-23, 2020

Call for Abstracts

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) invites researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at our 2020 annual meeting on October 22 and 23, 2020. The meeting will feature a wide range of exciting discussions with a focus on fostering networking opportunities between individuals with diverse expertise and up-and-coming leaders in the field of neuroethics.

This is an opportunity to share your neuroethics 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, whether the work is empirical or theoretical in nature. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration and are eligible to serve as the lead author for up to two abstracts.

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Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. Some abstracts may be selected for oral presentations.

The submission deadline is June 26, 2020, at 11:30pm EDT. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be made through the online abstract submission form.

Opportunities

Abstracts submitted by the deadline may be considered for the following opportunities. To be eligible, authors must indicate their interest in each of the following opportunities when completing the online submission form. Authors must be an INS member in good standing to accept the opportunities offered by the INS Program Committee, however they do not need to be members of the INS at the time of their submission.

Poster Presentations

Authors of accepted abstracts who plan on attending the meeting are expected to present a poster (if not selected to give an oral presentation). Scheduled times for poster presentations will be determined at a later date. When preparing your poster, please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Dimensions no larger than 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall (1.2 meters by 0.9 meters)
  • Titles of approximately 60 point font and body text 24-36 point font
  • Utilize images, charts, figures, and bulleted lists
  • Avoid large sections of text

A poster fee of $30 is requested for each poster that will be presented at the meeting. The fee can be paid when registering for the meeting or in a separate transaction. Those who do not expect to receive reimbursement for this expense from their institutions or other sources should contact INS staff by email ([email protected]) to have the fee waived. All requests to waive the poster fee will be honored.

Revenue from this fee helps defray the high cost of renting presentation boards and additional space. The INS is committed to showcasing the talent of diverse presenters and understands that the poster fee may be a barrier for some individuals who want to present.

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Attendees at the 2019 annual meeting in Chicago.

Oral Presentations

A number of authors will be invited to give an oral presentation of their work. Invitations will be made on the basis of abstract topic and quality of submission. Information about the presentation format will be released at a later date. Authors who are selected for an oral presentation will not be expected to present a poster.

Travel Stipends

Funds to support travel to the 2020 INS Annual Meeting are awarded competitively based on the quality of abstract submission determined by the Program Committee. You must submit an abstract to be eligible to receive support. To be considered for a travel stipend, please indicate the country from which you will be traveling from to the meeting when completing the online abstract submission form.

The following institutions and individuals have generously provided funds for travel stipends.

If your institution would like to sponsor a stipend, contact Karen Graham ([email protected]). Individual donations are welcome and funds allocated toward travel stipends will be bundled together. Your support is critically important for students and early career professionals traveling internationally. 

Poster Awards

Top poster presentations will be selected to receive awards. Attendees will also be able to vote for their favorite poster presentation. Scheduled times for poster presentations will be determined at a later date. If you are interested in serving as a poster judge, contact Kimberley Glover ([email protected]).

AJOB Neuroscience

Accepted abstracts will be reviewed by the editors of AJOB Neuroscience and ranked according to novelty, relevance, and contribution to the field of neuroethics. Up to 25 abstracts will be identified for inclusion in a future issue of the journal. INS is not responsible for ensuring that final drafts of abstracts are received by AJOB Neuroscience or published in the journal.

INS Website

Accepted abstracts will be listed on the INS website and all oral and poster presenters who confirm their participation by September 1 will be included in program materials. Unless otherwise requested, INS reserves the right to publish titles, authors and affiliations of submitted or accepted abstracts on the website or any other digital or print publication.

Requirements

All abstracts must be received through the online abstract submission form on or before the deadline. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. If necessary, please send via email ([email protected]) a PDF version of any abstract containing charts, images, or text formatting essential for the review process.

All submissions must include:

  • A clear and concise abstract of 250-400 words in English that satisfies all of the below requirements
  • A title (formatted in Sentence case, not Title Case or UPPERCASE)
  • A list of all authors using their full names
  • Institution affiliations for each author
  • One author who is an INS member or will be at the time of the meeting and will be able to present (see below)
  • Up to five references or citations, consistently formatted according to any major academic citation style (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA, Bluebook)
  • Disclosure of any conflicts of interest

The composition of the abstract and focus of the project must:

  • Clearly articulate a neuroethics problem giving rise to a central question that drives the work
  • Include relevant background information and engage with extant literature
  • Employ and clearly identify research and/or theoretical methods appropriate for the problem and questions raised, including information about sample, recruitment, and analytic strategy (for empirical work)
  • If empirical, clearly present results (or, where not yet available, hypothesized or anticipated outcomes) and engage with ethical implications
  • If policy-oriented, clearly present policy implications, potential policy solutions, and remaining challenges and open questions
  • Identify the importance to the field or society of any conclusions drawn or arguments advanced

At least one author must be available to present the abstract at the meeting, and must be an INS member before presentation. If an author cannot present, an INS member knowledgeable of the abstract and research may present it on their behalf. All oral and poster presenters must confirm their participation and register by September 1 to be included in program materials.

Work presented in abstracts must be in compliance with local policies, ethical review related to the use of humans and animals in research, and the disclosure and conflict of interest statement listed below.

Abstracts are reviewed by members of the Program Committee and their appointees from within the Society. The committee will select high-quality abstracts to receive special recognition at the 2020 INS Annual Meeting. Their decisions on acceptance, travel stipends, and other recognition will be final. The committee cannot provide feedback to abstract authors regarding final decisions.

Submission

To submit an abstract, complete the online abstract submission form and supply all required information. The submission deadline is June 26, 2020, at 11:30pm EDT. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.

Submission Form

The submission form requires specification of a lead author in the case of collaborative projects with co-authors. Individuals may participate in more than two submitted abstracts as a co-author, but they can serve as lead author for no more than two abstracts.

Authors will receive an email within 72 hours confirming the receipt of their submission and confirming it meets minimum requirements. Notification regarding acceptance will be emailed to authors by August 10. Recipients of the travel stipends, oral presentations, and other recognition will be notified individually by email by August 20 and are expected to confirm their acceptance within one week. All presenters will be announced by September 3 in the INS newsletter.

If you have trouble submitting your abstract through the online form, or have any questions about the submission requirements or process, please contact staff by email ([email protected]). If you are unable to submit your abstract using the online form on the day of the deadline, abstracts received by email before the deadline will be considered timely. Authors retain the right to rescind their submission from consideration or request that their abstract not be published online or in any print materials.

Disclosures

Authors are responsible for reporting any real or perceived financial conflict of interest. A brief disclosure and conflict of interest statement should be submitted with the abstract and viewable on the poster. Any potential for financial gain that may be derived from reported work may constitute a possible conflict of interest. Disclosure is required in any case in which an individual or company stands to benefit financially from research performed. Therefore, each author must indicate any benefit to an individual or company that may potentially lead to financial reward.

Disclosures should appear on the bottom left corner of the poster and may follow the recommended format: "Disclosures: None" or "Disclosures: The author(s) disclose a relationship with..."

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The International Neuroethics Society is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, scientists, clinicians, and other professionals dedicated to encouraging and inspiring research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science. Practitioners from a wide range of disciplines join the Society to interact, learn, and participate in critical neuroethics discussions that further this growing field.

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Sponsorship

Make a donation to support the INS annual meeting and fund travel stipends. Donations of all sizes are welcome. If your institution or organization would like to be a sponsor, contact Karen Graham ([email protected]).