2017 Annual Meeting
Washington, DC, USA
November 9-10

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Call for Abstracts

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) invites researchers around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at our 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting will feature a wide range of exciting scientific lectures, discussions, and numerous networking opportunities with experts, researchers, and up-and-coming leaders in the field of neuroethics.

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 an empirical and philosophical nature related to the field of neuroethics. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit one or more abstracts.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. All oral and poster presentations will take place on Friday, November 10, 2017.

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


Abstracts submitted by the June 23 deadline (extended from June 15) will be considered for the following opportunities. To be eligible, presenting authors must be INS members and must indicate their interest in each of these following opportunities when completing the online submission form.


Poster presenters

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

Thematic Session Panelist – Two sets of 3 or 4 authors will be selected (on the basis of abstract topic and quality of submissions) to give a 10-minute oral presentation about their research and participate in a facilitated group discussion. Sessions will be organized based on the following broad themes: "Ethics of Neuroscience" and "Neuroscience of Ethics."

Flash Poster Preview – Up to 10 authors will be selected to each give a quick elevator pitch about their research to entice attendees to visit their poster.

Poster Presentation – Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to present a poster (except thematic session panelists). 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 professional traveling internationally.

Funds may only be used to attend the 2017 INS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC and original receipts for air travel and hotel accommodations are required for reimbursement.

Travel Stipends – Funds to support travel to the 2017 INS Annual Meeting are awarded competitively based on the quality of abstract submission by the INS Program Committee. To be considered for a travel stipend, please indicate from which country you will be traveling when completing the online submission form. The following individuals and institutions have generously provided travel stipends.

  • International Neuroethics Society – Two $250 stipends available
  • Additional travel stipends to be announced

Poster Awards – Top poster presentations will be selected to receive prizes generously donated by the following individuals and institutions. Authors will present their posters at 8:00 a.m. on Friday to poster judging teams assembled by the Program Committee. Attendees will also be able to vote for their favorite poster presentation.

  • Prizes to be announced


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 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, CA.

All abstracts must be received before the June 23 deadline (extended from June 15) via the online abstract submission form. Incomplete or late submissions will not be reviewed. Please send a separate copy of any abstracts containing charts, images, or text formatting essential for the review process via email to administrator@neuroethicssociety.org in an .rtf, .pdf, .doc, or .docx file.

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)
  • One author who is an INS member and will be able to present the abstract at the meeting
  • Institution affiliations for each author
  • 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 and a well-defined purpose
  • Include goals that advance the empirical or conceptual understanding of the problem
  • Employ research and/or theoretical methods appropriate for the problem and questions raised
  • Clearly present results and ethical implications consistent with the problem and methods
  • Include background information relevant to previous literature and broader issues and themes
  • Represent a contribution to the field of neuroethics

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

Authors will receive an email confirming the receipt of their submission. 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 August 31 in our email 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 at administrator@neuroethicssociety.org. If you are unable to submit your abstract using the online form on the day of the deadline, abstracts received by email will be considered on time. At any time, authors retain the right to rescind their submission from consideration or request that their abstract not be published online or in any print materials.


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 who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience. Our mission is to promote the development and responsible application of neuroscience through interdisciplinary and international research, education, outreach and public engagement for the benefit of people of all nations, ethnicities and cultures.