IBNS 31st Annual Meeting

WHEN: June 7 - June 11, 2022
WHERE: Glasgow, Scotland

Social: #IBNSconnect


Stay tuned! More details to come...

IBNS gratefully acknowledges the support provided by the Glasgow Convention Bureau.

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Call for Symposium Proposals
Deadline Passed: October 14, 2021

The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) was formed to encourage research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience. Founded in 1992, IBNS has members from 34 different countries and consists of scientists, clinicians, teachers, and others with a background and interest in the relationship between brain and behavior. Annual meetings include renowned keynote speakers and multiple symposia.

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.

A symposium includes four (4) speakers and is scheduled for two (2) hours. The time and date of symposia are set by the Program Committee. All symposium proposals should be submitted online and include:

  • Title
  • Name of the chairperson(s)
  • Substantive but succinct description of the topic and proposed talks (Limited to 4,400 characters, including spaces.)
  • List of four (4) speakers with affiliations and email addresses
  • Tentative talk titles
  • We welcome proposals using innovative formats (debate style, hands-on demonstration or workshop), for which the same 2-hour format will also be available

All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee and then submitted to the IBNS Council for consideration. Proposals that are not accommodated one year may be re-submitted the following year and will receive the same consideration as all other proposals.

Members and non-members of IBNS are invited to submit symposium proposals online using the link below.


Early career trainees (postdoctoral fellows/graduate students) are encouraged to submit symposium proposals together with senior investigators, to gain experience in organizing and co-chairing sessions as well as presenting their work alongside senior researchers in their field; a suggested format would be to include three (3) PIs and one (1) trainee in the panel. 

The International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience (IBNS) supports diversity in science. As such, we request that you include diversity information pertaining to your submission. Please recognize that diversity takes many forms, in terms of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, professional seniority​, institution type, etc. The Program Committee will take this information into consideration when prioritizing symposia proposals. Please (briefly) provide justification if more than one presenter comes from the same institution ​or if the panel consists entirely of only one gender. The Chair will also be required to attest that none of the participants have previously been found guilty of behavior in conflict with the IBNS Code of Conduct. ​

*Please note that IBNS does not provide financial support to symposium speakers or organizers. Each organizer and speaker are expected to cover their own fees, including registration and abstract submission fees.

Click here to submit your symposium proposal



Meet Your 2022 Speakers (preliminary list, more to come!)

Dr. Stan Floresco a Professor of Psychology at University of British Columbia and is a member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. He earned his PhD in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and did his postdoctoral training in the field of dopamine neurophysiology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Floresco attended his first IBNS meeting in 2008 and has organized several symposium sessions since. Dr. Floresco’s research program investigates neural circuits and underlying neurochemistry that facilitate different forms of learning and cognition, and how dysfunction in these circuits relates to deficits observed in mental illness. His emphasis is on interactions between different brain regions within the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system that facilitate cognitive processes, such as behavioural flexibility, cost/benefit decision making and reward-related learning. Using psychopharmacological, neurochemical, electrophysiological and optogenetic techniques, his laboratory has identified novel roles for prefrontal-striatal, amygdalar and dopaminergic circuits in regulating cognitive flexibility and decision making. His research program has received the American Psychological Association award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s Efron award for Outstanding Basic Research. He currently serves as associate editor for Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychopharmacology, Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience and Brain Research, and is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.


Dr. Narayanan is the Juanita J. Bartlett professor of Neurology Research and Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Research in the Department of Neurology at the Carver College of Medicine in the University of Iowa. He also is an Associate Professor an Associate Director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, and Associate Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Training Program.

He is originally from Seattle, Washington. He received BA from Stanford University and received an MD and PhD from Yale Medical School, where he also completed a residency in neurology. He came to the University of Iowa in 2012 to launch his lab studying the basic mechanisms of prefrontal dopamine. He leads a multidisciplinary clinic focused on Parkinson's disease.

He received the Donald B. Lindsley Prize for the best dissertation from the Society for Neuroscience, the S. Weir Mitchell Award for best residency research from the American Academy of Neurology, and the Jon Stolk Award for movement disorders research from the American Academy of Neurology.

Website: https://narayanan.lab.uiowa.edu/
Twitter Handle: @narayananlab


Christian Keysers is full professor for Social Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam and leads, together with Valeria Gazzola, the Social Brain Lab at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. His work combines rodent and human work to understand social behavior and its disfunctions. Highlights of his work include the discovery of auditory mirror neurons in monkeys; the demonstration that humans recruit brain regions involved in their own actions, emotions and sensations while witnessing those of others and that these vicarious activations are reduced in psychopathy. More recently, his lab focuses on rodent models of emotional contagion to study the cellular basis of the mammalian sensitivity to the emotions of others. This lead to the discovery that the cingulate, central to human empathy, contains emotional mirror neurons in rats, and that deactivating this region reduces emotional contagion and harm aversion. His work was cited >30,000 times. He is an ERC laureate, member of the Academia Europaea, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and authored of the award-winning book The Empathic Brain.


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Meeting Venue: Caledonian University 
Located in the heart of the energetic and historic city of Glasgow