Who We Are

The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) encourages research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience.  The Society shall collaborate with existing public and private organizations to promote and encourage education and research in Behavioral Neuroscience and will participate and assist in the coordination of efforts or formulation of research and clinical programs. Founded in 1992, the IBNS has members from 34 countries and consists of scientists, clinicians, teachers, and others with a background and interest in the relationship between brain and behavior.


  1. Discounted annual meeting registration fees 
  2. Networking and new contacts through our membership database
  3. Keep up with current IBNS and neuroscience news and events with our monthly newsletter

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2022 Call for Symposia Proposals

We are pleased to announce that the IBNS Program Committee is now accepting proposals to develop an exciting program for the 2022 Annual Meeting, to be held June 7 - June 11, 2022, at Caledonian University in the heart of the energetic and historic city of Glasgow, Scotland. Symposia play a major role in shaping the IBNS annual meeting by focusing on timely, relevant and innovative research in the field of Behavioral Neuroscience. More information is provided below, so please share the Call with your friends and colleagues.

October 14, 2021 is the deadline for priority consideration of symposium.


Submit your Symposium Proposal


Call for IBNS Pre-Review Program Mentors - NEW!!! 

In support of IBNS’ mission to promote participation, achievement, and increasing cultural and international diversity of trainees in behavioral neuroscience, we are launching the IBNS Pre-review Program. This Program will assist junior scientists (undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs) in submitting competitive travel award applications to the Annual Meeting by pairing applicants with mentors who will pre-review and provide feedback on their award pre-application. The IBNS Pre-review Program will enhance diversity and strengthen international peer networks by supporting trainees from underrepresented populations and institutions within IBNS membership.

We are currently seeking volunteers who are interested in serving as mentors for this Program. Volunteers must hold a PhD (or equivalent degree) in a field related to IBNS or be a previous IBNS award winner. Volunteers will be asked to review and provide constructive feedback on an IBNS travel award pre-application in late November (1-3 hours time commitment). Volunteers who are trainees will not be assigned to pre-review applications at their career stage and will remain eligible to apply for an IBNS Travel Award at their level.   

If you’d like to serve as a mentor for the IBNS Pre-review Program, please complete the form below by September 30, 2021


Volunteer as a Mentor

Letter from the IBNS President - Dr. Jill McGaughy

August 2021 

Attendance at the 2021 was our highest to date, with nearly 460 participants both in person and virtually. This year’s meeting continued to provide access to top-tier science in the symposia, poster sessions, and keynote speakers. We were spoilt for choice about the many excellent sessions. As a reminder, recordings of sessions are still available for registered attendees (You can also still register): IBNS 2021 Puerto Vallarta. This year we also expanded the program to include several new events organized by the Diversity and Ethics committee described in the update from the outgoing committee chair, Debra Bangasser, in this issue of the newsletter. I look forward to continuing our collaborations with Women in Learning (WiL) and Black in Neuro (BiN) in the 2022 meeting.

While in Puerto Vallarta, I was fortunate to visit the Fundación Corazón de Niña and Casa Corazón to give them our donation of ~$1050. This organization was founded in 2012 to work directly with the at-risk youth of Puerto Vallarta. At the time of our visit, the home had approximately 90 boys and girls from ages 1-20 years of age. The staff was very warm and welcoming, and the children were very excited to meet us. We discussed their studies and told them a bit about our work. It was wonderful to spend time with founder Melissa Canez to hear about the successes and challenges she has experienced. Thank you to all who donated! Our very own Marianne Van Wagner has provided photos of our visit.