Neuroethics 2024
INS Annual Meeting
Baltimore USA + Virtual

Research Abstracts

The INS Annual Meeting is an exciting opportunity to share your research and scholarship with colleagues from around the world who are actively aligning ethics, healthcare, philosophy, law and policy with advances in neuroscience. We welcome abstracts related to the field of neuroethics from any disciplinary background, using any methodological approach.

Your abstract submission should describe the research or scholarship related to the field of neuroethics that you would like to present at Neuroethics 2024, on April 17-19, 2024. Research abstract submissions may but are not required to relate to the meeting theme: 'Expressing Wonder, Making Meaning: Neuroethics Engages the Arts'.

Authors with an accepted research presentation abstract will be invited to either present a poster or give a talk — given in-person or virtually, depending on your participation and availability. See the presentation formats below for complete details and expectations.

Before submitting a research presentation abstract, please review all information below. All submissions must be made through the abstract submission form before the deadline.

The submission deadline is September 1, 2023 at 11:30pm EDT. The deadline was extended from August 20. The deadline will not be extended again.


Research presentation abstracts should be 250-350 words in length and must be in English. The research may address any topic related to neuroethics — a field that studies the implications of neuroscience for human self-understanding, ethics, and policy. Topics may, but are not required to, align with the theme, 'Expressing Wonder, Making Meaning: Neuroethics Engages the Arts'.

Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria categories. Reviewers will assess whether an abstract has included and how well it has articulated the:

  • Problem
  • Background
  • Methods or Argumentation
  • Results and/or Conclusions
  • Importance (of the scholarship)

Categories and criteria vary slightly between empirical research and research that is conceptual, theoretical or normative. Authors may reference the Abstract Scoring Rubric for a complete explanation of the categories by research type and what is expected for each.

For general guidance on how to construct your abstract, see our writing tips.

Writing Tips


In addition to the abstract, research presentation submissions must include a:

  • Title
  • Authors list
  • Authors' affiliations
  • Identification of the presenting author(s)
  • List of references or citations (up to five) consistently formatted using any citation style
  • Disclosure of any conflicts of interest

With the submission, authors must also indicate preferences with regard to:

  • Presentation: poster, talk, or both
  • Participation: in-person or virtual
  • Recognitions: Stipends, awards, and publishing opportunities

A few personal and demographic details of the presenting author(s) are also requested with submissions, including their:

  • Country of residence(s)/affiliation(s)
  • Professional level
  • Gender (optional)
  • Personal / Professional Experience (optional)

Personal demographic information for presenting authors is captured for internal demographics reporting. Authors may elect not to provide information for questions marked optional. Collected demographic data are anonymized and will not be directly attributable to specific authors during the review process. These anonymized data enable the Program Committee to assess whether it has adequately been able to: 1) empower underrepresented people and cultures; 2) promote a diversity of perspectives, identities, and research disciplines; and 3) reach a representative balance among the group of authors invited to give research talks.

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 presentation. 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..."

Presentation Formats

As part of their submission, authors indicate which presentation formats their research abstract should be considered for and indicate whether they may be able to present in-person and/or virtually. One or all of the formats listed below may be selected.

All presenting authors with accepted abstract for a research presentation will get a specific date and time to present their research. Invitations will be to present their research as a poster or as a featured talk — which can be done either in-person or virtual. Invitations will include an assigned presentation time range, however it may be adjusted to accommodate the presenting authors’ availability or necessary adjustments to the program schedule.

Regardless of presentation type selections and preferences, all submissions must include the components listed above and authors must meet the eligibility requirements listed below.

Featured Talks

Several authors will be invited to give an oral presentation of their work that is between 6 and 12 minutes long and with a few additional minutes for audience questions. Invitations for featured talks will be made on the basis of abstract topic, quality of submission, and with consideration for giving a platform to junior scholars and underrepresented perspectives or lines of inquiry.

Both in-person attendees and virtual participants will be eligible to give featured talks. Authors attending the meeting in-person are encouraged to give their talk live, however all featured talks can be given live or a video recording of a talk can be broadcast to attendees.

In-person Posters

Poster presentations include pinning up a printed poster and the identified presenting author(s) discussing their research with attendees. Presenting authors will also be required to give a formal, 3 minute presentation of their research at an assigned time range during a time block dedicated to poster presentations. Judges will clearly identify themselves prior to engaging with presenting authors, and are allowed to but not required to give direct feedback.

Virtual Posters

All meeting attendees — whether attending in-person or participating virtually — may create a poster or slides set. These presentations will be made available to all meeting attendees and participants via the meeting website and a virtual gathering space. Attendees will have access to virtual presentations before, during, and after the meeting dates.

Virtual presentations can be large-format images or a set of slides that tell the story of your research. Authors presenting a virtual poster are expected to submit at least the electronic files. Authors may also record a video which also includes their verbal presentation.

Video Recordings

Authors who have been invited to present a poster as well as authors invited to give a featured talk may choose to record their presentation so it can be available on demand to meeting attendees or broadcast at a scheduled time. Authors recording a poster presentation may create a video that is 2-4 minutes long. Authors invited to give a featured talk will be given specific instructions and guidance regarding the time and approach expected. For all recordings, we encourage you to keep the number of slides and visual images to a minimum.

Two possible options for recording your talk include using PowerPoint or Zoom. With PowerPoint: use the 'Record Slide Show' feature, record your voice as you page through slides, and export the complete presentation as a video. To record a talk with Zoom: open a new meeting session, enable the 'share screen' feature, switch to presenter view (to also capture your webcam view), give your talk as you page through slides, and save the recording on your computer. Save videos as MP4 files.

All authors invited to present a poster or give a talk will receive instructions for uploading completed presentations to the meeting website and virtual gathering space.


Authors at all career stages are eligible to submit abstracts for consideration. There are no restrictions or limitations regarding an author’s program, discipline, or area of study. We especially welcome abstracts from our colleagues from marginalized groups and/or with perspectives that are underrepresented in the field.

Presenting Authors

Presenting author(s) must be identified as part of your submission. Each abstract must have at least one (1) and no more than two (2) presenting authors. Any changes to presenting author after submission must be communicated in a timely manner to INS staff by email <[email protected]>. Changes cannot be made after March 1, 2024.

Authors may only be identified as a presenting author for up to two (2) abstracts. Authors can be listed as a co-author on multiple abstracts, with no limit.

Membership Requirement

All authors who will present their research as part of the meeting must be an INS member. Membership is required whether presenting virtually or in-person. Your INS membership must be in good standing by November 30, 2023. (Join / Renew)

Authors do not need to be members of the INS before submitting an abstract. Only if your abstract is accepted and you decide to present your research will you need to join the Society.

Registration Requirement

All authors who have an accepted abstract and have been invited to present their research at the meeting must confirm their participation and register for the meeting by March 1, 2024.

If you are waiting to register because you are having trouble securing funding or a travel visa, please contact us to let us know that you plan to attend. It is helpful for us to know this and we will encourage you to complete the registration form without making the payment.

Please let us know if you are having trouble completing the registration form. Contact INS staff <[email protected]> if you have questions or need assistance.



Registration discounts and travel stipends are awarded competitively based on the availability of funds and the quality of abstract submission, as determined by the Program Committee.

You must submit an abstract and have it accepted to be eligible to receive a stipend. Authors do not need to separately apply for stipends, simply indicate as part of your submission that you would like to be considered for available stipends and funding.

A list of available funds and donors will be released in the coming months.


Abstract submissions of any form are eligible to receive awards. We have historically given awards for top abstracts, talks, and posters determined by a panel of judges.


Authors who would like their abstract submissions to be considered for possible opportunities with academic publications must indicate their interest with their abstract submission.


The submission deadline is September 1, 2023, at 11:30pm EDT — extended from August 20. The deadline will not be extended beyond this date. See the review section below for important upcoming dates regarding decisions of acceptance and invitations to present.

Submission Form

Authors will receive an email within 5 days 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]>.

Review / Notifications

Submitted abstracts for research presentation will be anonymized and peer reviewed. Abstracts are reviewed by members of the Program Committee and their appointees from the Society. Abstracts will be reviewed based on separate scoring criteria for empirical research and for research that is conceptual, theoretical or normative.

Acceptance will be based on content and overall program fit, and top-ranked abstracts may be selected for special recognition. The committee does not provide feedback to abstract authors regarding final decisions.

Authors can expect to receive notices of acceptance and invitations to present by October 31, 2023. Updates regarding travel stipends will be sent on a rolling basis after this date and no later than December 15, 2023.


We encourage a broad dissemination of this call so that people interested in neuroethics but not yet members of the Society have an opportunity to submit an abstract and share their research.