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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: Social Cognitive Neuroscience ESF-JSPS Frontier Science Conference for Young Researchers


ESF-JSPS Frontier Science Conference for Young Researchers
Chaired by

Professor Gn R. Semin 
Utrecht University. Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands

Professor Shun-Ichi Amari
RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Laboratory for Mathematical Neuroscience, Saitama, Japan


Dr Atsushi Iriki, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Saitama, JP - Dr Ellen de Bruijn, University of Nijmegen, NL - Prof. Harold Bekkering, University of Nijmegen, NL - Prof. Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University, Inuyama, JP - Prof. Shigeru Watanabe, Keio University, Tokyo, JP - Prof. Toshikazu Hasegawa, University of Tokyo,  JP

27 February - 4 March 2009


Hotel Villa del Mare, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy
The conference will be held at Hotel Villa del Mare in Acquafredda di Maratea. Acquafredda di Maratea is situated on the coast, on the Gulf of Policastro, between Sapri and Maratea, about 200 km (125 miles) south of Naples and about 400 km (250 miles) south of Rome. Group transportation will be organised on arrival and departure days from/to Naples airport and from/to Sapri train station.

Practical Information Guide PDF (196 KB)
Preliminary Programme

Botticelli - Madonna del Magnificat (detail). Galleria degli Uffizi (IT)  Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali, Italy

The perspective that is emerging on human functioning is best captured by the confluence of different disciplinary perspectives  cognitive sciences, neurosciences, psychology, comparative social cognition and biology.

This disciplinary synergy leads to a vision of behavioral sciences that locates its thematic focus as situated in a social context, involves complex action and interaction, and is grounded by neural as well as socio-cultural processes. The different traditional disciplinary boundaries appear to be gradually fading to give rise to a broadly focused social-cognitive-neuroscience.

This emerging perspective is likely to furnish a transdisciplinary vision of human behavior in a social context. Current developments indicate that there is a paradigm in the making and that it appears to hold the promise of focusing intellectual energy and unifying scholarly activity under the umbrella of social-cognitive neuroscience, the theme of this ESF-JSPS Conference.

Preliminary Programme PDF (240 KB) Last Updated 28-May-2008
Conference Flyer PDF (71 KB) Last Updated 28-May-2008
Application Form
Applications will be accepted from young scholars and scientists, based in countries of ESF membership and Japan, who are doing outstanding and innovative work in their fields. To be eligible, young researchers must either have obtained a doctoral degree within 10 years prior to the conference or be scheduled to obtain a doctoral degree no later than 18 months after the conference. Selection will be based upon institutional affiliation of the participants. Participants are required to attend all sessions and programmes of the conference.

To apply, fill in an Application Form.
Closing date for applications (as well as for abstract submission): 14 October 2008 

Financial Support
All accepted participants will receive financial support to cover their registration fee, accommodation and meals during the conference. Travel expenses will be covered as much as possible, according to budget availability. Participans from Japan will be sponsored by JSPS and participants from Europe by ESF.

ESF Contact
Conference Officer
Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2023
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-263 in any correspondence.

This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).