2018 Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA, USA
November 1-2

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Call for Abstracts

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) invites researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at our 2018 annual meeting in San Diego, CA, USA. The theme this year is 'Cutting Edge Neuroscience, Cutting Edge Neuroethics.' The meeting will feature a wide range of exciting talks, discussions, and networking opportunities with experts, researchers, 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, society, and policy with advances in neuroscience. We welcome abstracts of both empirical and philosophical natures related to the field of neuroethics. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit one or more abstracts.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. Oral and poster presentations will take place on Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2, 2018.

The submission deadline has passed. The submission period ended June 25, 2018, at 11:30 p.m. EDT.


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


Oral abstract presenters

Abstract presenters at the 2016 INS Annual Meeting, left to right, Marcello Ienca, Jasmine Tung, Eran Klein and Cynthia Kubu.

Oral Presentation – Authors will be selected (on the basis of abstract topic and quality of submissions) to give a brief oral presentation about their research. Authors giving an oral presentation will not be expected to present a poster.

Poster Presentation – Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to present a poster (if not giving an oral presentation). Poster presentations will be on Friday, November 2. Please watch for additional announcements about poster presentations and schedule of meeting activities. When preparing your poster, please keep the dimensions within 1 meter tall by 1 meter wide (40 inches by 40 inches), size the title and the text so it can be read from several yards away (approximately 60 point font for the title and 24-36 point font for the body text), avoid large sections of text, and use images, charts, figures and bulleted lists when possible.

Funding / Awards

If you or your institution would like to sponsor a stipend, contact Karen Graham. Your support is critically important for students and early career professionals traveling internationally.

Stipends may only be used to attend the 2018 INS Annual Meeting in San Diego. Original receipts in paper or electronic form are required for reimbursement.

Travel Stipends – Funds to support travel to the 2018 INS Annual Meeting are awarded competitively based on the quality of abstract submission by the Program Committee. You must submit an abstract to be eligible to receive support. To be considered for a travel stipend, please indicate from which country you will be traveling to the meeting when completing the online abstract submission form. The following institutions and individuals have generously provided travel stipends.

  • IBRO Stipends – The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) has offered a total €4,000 ($4,700 USD) funds to be allocated for 4-6 stipends for women and ethnic minority groups from under-resourced countries to attend the meeting. (Review details and eligibility requirements.)
  • IRCM Stipends – Neuroethics Research Unit at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) has offered a total $1,000 (USD) funds to be allocated to researchers of top abstracts.
  • INS Stipends – The INS has offered a total $1,000 (USD) funds to be allocated to researchers of top abstracts.
  • Neuroethics Canada Stipend – Neuroethics Canada has offered a total $250 (USD) funds to be allocated to a female researcher from Canada submitting a top ranked abstract.
  • Additional travel stipends to be announced
  • Anonymous Stipend – A $1000 travel stipend will be awarded to a researcher from outside North America submitting a top ranked abstract.

Poster Awards – Top poster presentations will be selected to receive prizes. Authors will present their posters on Friday, November 2 to poster judging teams assembled by the Program Committee. Attendees will also be able to vote for their favorite poster presentation. The following institutions and individuals have generously donated prizes for top posters.

  • Elsevier – Five (5) books
  • Springer Oxford – Five (5) books and one (1) journal subscription
  • University Press – Five (5) books

If you are interested in serving as a poster judge, contact Robert Beets.


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 Publications – Accepted abstracts will be listed on the INS website and all oral and poster presenters who confirm their participation by September 30 will be included in program materials. Unless otherwise requested, INS reserves the right to publish titles, authors, affiliations, and the full text of submitted or accepted abstracts on the website or any other digital or print publication.


Poster presentations

Outdoor poster presentation space in San Diego.

All abstracts must be received through the online abstract submission form 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 no more than 500 words in English that satisfies all of the below requirements for scientific rigor
  • A title (formatted in Title Case, not UPPERCASE)
  • A list of all authors using their preferred abbreviations, as well as each author’s full name ("J. Doe[1,2], M. Bach[1,3]" along with "Jonathan Doe" and "Michel Bach," for example)
  • Institution affiliations for each author
  • One author who is an INS member and will be able to present the abstract at the meeting
  • References (up to five) using AJOB Neuroscience format described in their complete guideline for author submissions.
  • Disclosure of any conflicts of interest

The composition of the abstract and the scientific focus of the research must:

  • Clearly articulate a neuroethics problem. Ideally this would take the form of a research question, in the case of an empirical study. In the case of a normative analysis, the author should identify/explain the substantive problem that gives rise to the analysis.
  • Clearly identify the methodology(ies) and method(s) undertaken to address the normative and/or empirical neuroethics question. Methods can include a range of empirical or analytic approaches, including empirical methods (e.g. interviews, surveys), normative analysis (e.g. reflective equilibrium), or theoretical approaches (e.g. utilitarian analysis, Kantian approach, virtue theory). If using an empirical approach, please provide information on your sample, your recruitment, and your analytic strategy (e.g. statistical methods, grounded theory, thematic analysis, discourse analysis, content analysis).
  • Provide a section on the study results or findings. If the study has not yet been completed, then provide a section on hypothesized or anticipated outcomes.
  • Provide a section that tells us why this study is important. Be sure to identify for whom it is important such as public stakeholders, patients, clinicians, researchers, scholars, and others.

Become an INS member by completing a membership application. Members are eligible for discounted registration rates and many other benefits.

At least one author must be an INS member who plans to attend the meeting and present the abstract. 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 30 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. Their decisions on acceptance, travel stipends, and other recognitions will be final. The committee is not obligated to provide feedback to abstract authors regarding final decisions.


The submission deadline has passed. The submission period ended June 25, 2018, at 11:30 p.m. EDT. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Authors should have received an email confirming the receipt of their submission. If you did not receive one, please contact staff by email ([email protected]).

Notification regarding acceptance will be emailed to authors by August 1. Recipients of the travel stipends, oral presentations, and other recognitions will be notified individually by email and expected to confirm their acceptance within one week. All presenters will be announced by September 1 in the INS newsletter.


Authors are responsible for reporting any real or perceived financial conflict of interest. A brief disclosure and conflict of interest statement should be included in the submitted 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 (insert preferred abbreviation) disclose a relationship with..."

About INS

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.