2019 Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL, USA
October 17-18

Meeting Sponsors

Janssen Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson
Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute
The Kavli Foundation
Taylor & Francis; Taylor & Francis Group

Call for Abstracts

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) invites researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at our 2019 annual meeting in Chicago, IL, USA. 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 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 one or more abstracts.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. Poster presentations will take place on Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, 2019. Opportunities for oral presentations will also be available, with details to follow.

All accepted abstracts will also be considered for publishing in a future issue of American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. 

The abstract deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting submissions.

Opportunities

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 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.

Presentations

Poster presentations

Outdoor poster presentation space in San Diego.

Poster Presentations – Authors of accepted abstracts who will attend the meeting are expected to present a poster (if not selected to give an oral presentation). Poster presentations will be on Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, 2019. When preparing your poster, please keep the dimensions no more than 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall (about 1.2 meters wide by 0.9 meters tall). The poster boards are only 96 inches wide by 48 inches tall (about 2.4 meters wide by 1.2 meters tall), thus any oversized dimensions will encroach on other posters or walkways. We also encourage you to 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.

Oral Presentation – A number of authors will be invited (on the basis of abstract topic and quality of submissions) to speak about their research. We will release information about the presentation format and selection process for these presentations at a later date. Authors who are selected will not be expected to present a poster.

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.

If you are interested in serving as a poster judge, contact Kimberley Glover.

Travel Stipends – Funds to support travel to the 2019 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 eligible, make sure to complete all required fields and elect to be considered for an available travel stipend in the 'Presenting Author' section of the online abstract submission form. Many thanks to all members and organizations contributing funds for travel stipends.

Poster Awards – Top poster presentations will be selected to receive prizes. Authors will present their posters on Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18. Attendees will also be able to vote for their favorite poster presentation.

Only abstract authors with an accepted submission will be considered for the available travel stipends. Funds may only be used to attend the 2019 INS Annual Meeting in Chicago. Original receipts for air travel and hotel accommodations are required for reimbursement.

Publications

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 9 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.

Requirements

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 scholarly rigor
  • 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 and will be able to present the abstract at 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

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

  • Clearly articulate a neuroethics problem giving rise to a research 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
  • Identify the importance to neuroethics of any conclusions drawn or arguments advanced

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

In awarding special recognition such as travel stipends, the Committee looks for abstracts displaying particular novelty or merit, while also taking other factors into account.

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 17 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. Their decisions on acceptance, travel stipends, and other recognition will be final. The committee is not obligated to provide feedback to abstract authors regarding final decisions.

Submission

The abstract deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting submissions.

Authors will receive an email within 48 hours confirming the receipt of their submission and confirming it meets minimum requirements. Notification regarding acceptance will be emailed to authors by August 7. Recipients of the travel stipends, oral presentations, and other recognition will be notified individually by email and expected to confirm their acceptance within one week. All presenters will be announced by August 22 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.

Oral abstract presenters

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

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..."

Stipends

The following travel stipends are being offered to support authors of top quality abstracts to attend the 2019 INS Annual Meeting. If you or your institution would like to sponsor a travel stipend, contact Karen Graham ([email protected])—your support is critically important for students and early career professionals traveling internationally.

Ewing Stipends – James and Elisabeth Ewing generously donated $5,000 last year to be distributed as travel stipends in various amounts to early career researchers who submit top quality abstracts. To be eligible, authors must indicate a professional level that may be considered early career, including but not limited to students, residents, postdocs, trainees, or those in their first professional positions.

Neuroethics Canada; Brain, Health, Human Values

Neuroethics Canada Stipend – Neuroethics Canada has generously donated funds in the amount of $250 USD for one (1) travel stipend to be awarded to a woman based in Canada who submits a top quality abstract. To be eligible, authors must indicate gender as 'female' and the country from which you will be traveling as 'Canada.'

Penn Masters of Bioethics Program

Penn Stipend – The Penn Master of Bioethics Program has generously donated funds in the amount of $250 USD for one (1) travel stipend to be awarded to an author who submits a top quality abstract.

Monash University: Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Turner Institute Stipend – The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health has generously donated funds in the amount of $500 USD for one (1) travel stipend to be awarded to an abstract author from an under-resourced country.

Wellcome Centre Ethics + Humanities

Wellcome Centre Stipend – The Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities has generously donated funds in the amount of $500 for one (1) travel stipend to be awarded to an author who submits a top quality abstract.

Eligibility and Terms

To be eligible to receive these stipend, individual researchers must submit an abstract for presentation at the INS Annual Meeting and elect to be considered for a travel stipend when completing the online form. Submitted abstracts must meet all requirements outlined in the call for abstracts above and be accepted by the INS Program Committee. Only abstract authors with an accepted submission will be considered for the available travel stipends.

Funds may only be used to attend the 2019 INS Annual Meeting in Chicago. Original receipts for air travel and hotel accommodations are required for reimbursement. For additional information about the stipend or the distribution of stipend funds, please contact Kimberley Glover ([email protected]).

Support

Organizations and individuals providing essential support for the 2019 INS Annual Meeting.

SPONSORS

Janssen Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson
Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute
The Kavli Foundation
Taylor & Francis; Taylor & Francis Group

STIPEND CONTRIBUTORS

Individuals

  • James and Elisabeth Ewing
  • Dr. Michael Patterson
  • Anonymous
Neuroethics Canada; Brain, Health, Human Values
Penn Masters of Bioethics Program
Monash University: Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health
Wellcome Centre Ethics + Humanities

About INS

The International Neuroethics Society is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, scientists, clinicians, and other professionals dedicated to encourage and inspire 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.