2021 INS Annual Meeting
Online Conference
November 4-5

Call for Abstracts

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) invites researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at the online 2021 INS Annual Meeting on November 4-5. The theme for this meeting is social justice and neuroethics. Programming and sessions will examine the intersections of neuroethics with varying dimensions of justice — from institutional to interpersonal, scientific to algorithmic, and beyond.

This is 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, but this is not required.

Investigators at all career stages are eligible to submit abstracts for consideration and to serve as the lead author for up to two abstracts. We especially welcome abstracts from 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.

The submission deadline has passed. See the Review / Notifications section below for important upcoming dates.


The Meeting – The INS annual meeting features a wide range of exciting discussions with a focus on fostering global networking opportunities between individuals with diverse expertise and emerging leaders in the field of neuroethics. For the 2021 meeting, the INS is organizing a series of online sessions and activities to ensure the event is as widely available as possible. Members of the INS Program Committee are currently establishing the meeting theme and planning sessions. To get the latest information about the meeting, sign up for meeting updates.

Abstracts and Topics – Abstracts are an opportunity for investigators to share current research with colleagues from around the world. Abstract submissions can cover any topic in neuroethics, which we broadly define for the purposes of this call as any area of inquiry at the intersections of the brain sciences, humanities, social sciences, and law. Accepted abstracts titles from past annual meetings are available for reference. Abstract submissions must meet the requirements listed below.

Diversity and Inclusion – As part of the INS’s commitment to a representative and expansive vision of neuroethics, we encourage and welcome abstract submissions from researchers around the world with emphasis on developing countries and underrepresented or marginalized groups — especially our colleagues in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. When submitting an abstract, authors may highlight any aspect of themselves — including identity, national origin, life experience, or other considerations — relevant to our efforts to better include, support, and/or empower underrepresented communities. We encourage a broad dissemination of this call for abstracts so that those who are interested in neuroethics but not yet members of the Society have an opportunity to share their research. Stipends to alleviate the cost of registration are available to those who submit an abstract; see details below.


All abstracts must be received through the online abstract submission form by 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 (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

INS Membership

You do not need to be an INS member to submit an abstract to the INS meeting. However, at least one author must be available to record or present the abstract at the meeting and must be an INS member at the time of presentation. All authors who plan to record or present must confirm their participation and register for the meeting by October 15 to be included in program materials.

Compliance / Disclosures

Work presented in abstracts must be in compliance with: local policies, ethical review related to the use of humans and animals in research, and disclosure of any conflicts of interest.

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. 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, or on a presentation slide, and may follow the recommended format: "Disclosures: None" or "Disclosures: The author(s) disclose a relationship with..."

Writing Tips

The Program Committee will review abstracts based on the following scoring criteria. We encourage investigators to keep these criteria in mind when writing and editing an abstract. The committee also offers several tips and general advice for writing an abstract, which can be found in each of the attached guides for empirical abstracts and for conceptual / theoretical / normative abstracts.

Empirical Projects

Abstract reviewers will assign a score 1–5 for each criterion listed below. One represents the lowest possible score and 5 represents the highest possible score.

  • Problem – Clearly articulate a neuroethics problem giving rise to a research question that drives the work.
  • Background – Include relevant background information, and engage with extant literature.
  • Methods – Employ and clearly identify research and/or theoretical methods appropriate for the problem and questions raised, including information about sample, recruitment, and analytic strategy.
  • Results – Clearly present results (or, where not yet available, hypothesized or anticipated outcomes) and engage with ethical implications.
  • Importance – Identify the importance to neuroethics of any conclusions drawn from.
Empirical (PDF)

Conceptual / Theoretical / Normative Projects

  • Problem – Clearly articulate a neuroethics problem giving rise to a research question that drives the work.
  • Background – Include relevant background information, and engage with extant literature.
  • Argumentation – Employ and clearly identify research and/or theoretical methods appropriate for the problem and questions raised.
  • Conclusions – Clearly describe the conclusions and engage with ethical implications.
  • Importance – Identify the importance to neuroethics of any conclusions drawn or arguments advanced.
conceptual (PDF)


To submit an abstract, complete the online form and supply all required information. The submission deadline is July 12, 2021, at 11:30pm EDT (extended from the original deadline of July 2). 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 60 hours confirming the receipt of their submission and confirming it meets minimum requirements. 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.

Review / Notifications

Abstracts are reviewed by members of the Program Committee and their appointees from within the Society. The committee will select outstanding abstracts to receive special recognition at the 2021 INS Annual Meeting. Their decisions on acceptance, stipends, and other recognition will be final. The committee cannot provide feedback to abstract authors regarding final decisions.

Submitting authors can expect to receive notices of acceptance by August 22. Notices regarding stipends, recognitions, or invitations to give an oral presentation will be sent by August 31 and are expected to confirm their acceptance within one week. Invited presenters will be announced on September 16. (The submission period has been extended and these notices are later this year because the meeting will be online and no travel is required of presenters.)


Abstracts submitted by the deadline may be considered for one or more of the following opportunities. To be eligible, authors must indicate their interest in each opportunity when completing the online submission form.

Presentations – Authors of accepted abstracts who plan on attending the meeting are expected to submit a poster and, if desired, a 3-minute video (if not selected to give a 10-minute invited talk). Presentation requirements and instructions will be provided at a later date.

Invited Talks – 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, quality of submission, and with consideration for giving a platform to junior and underrepresented scholars. Details about the presentation format will be released at a later date. Authors who are selected for an invited talk will not be expected to submit a poster.

Stipends – Registration stipends 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. For the online meeting, stipends will equal the total cost of registration. Please indicate that you would like to be considered for a stipend when completing the online abstract submission form.

Awards – Poster and video presentations are eligible to receive awards.

Share This Call

We encourage you to share the abstract call with your colleagues and students.

  • Forward a link to the announcement email or tweet to students and faculty (distributing soon)
  • Mention the call in newsletters by your department, institution, or networks (link to this webpage)
  • Print out and distribute the promotional flyer (available soon)
  • Download the package of promotional resources (available soon)

About the INS

The International Neuroethics Society is a professional association of scientists, scholars, students, and practicing legal and health professionals who share an interest in the ethical, legal, and societal impacts of advances in brain science. Members come from many disciplines and are uniquely equipped to communicate the value and implications that new neuroscience knowledge, technologies, and potential applications bring to human health and wellbeing.

Join to interact, learn, and participate in critical neuroethics discussions that further this growing field.



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]).