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European Society
for Cognitive and
Affective Neuroscience

The European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience aims to promote scientific enquiry within the field of human cognitive, affective and social neuroscience, particularly with respect to collaboration and exchange of information between researchers in different European countries through scientific meetings, workshops, summer schools, and such other activities.

ESCAN-Social Neuroscience preconference 

The SIG ESCAN-Social Neuroscience organizes the preconference program Toward Dynamic Social Cognition and Affect: The role of the Cerebellum and Neocortex on 22 May 2024. Please check out the full program here.

ESCAN Junior Committee survey

The Junior Committee aims to serve as a point of contact and work towards increasing junior members' engagement within the ESCAN.

To this end, the ESCAN Junior Committee is seeking feedback from early career researchers (including Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhDs, and early career PostDocs) to guide the Committee's activities and tailor them to the needs of our junior members. We invite you to participate in the survey. 

The ESCAN Junior Committee sincerely appreciates your time and effort.

ESCAN-Social Neuroscience as new Special Interest Group.

ESCAN and ESSAN (changing soon into ESCAN Social Neuroscience) will merge! A new Special Interest Group (SIG) ESCAN-Social Neuroscience will be integrated in ESCAN and a dedicated section will be ready by early 2024 in our Society webpage. The integration will come with some changes in the ESSAN society and membership. Please stay tuned for more information.

ESCAN statement against war 

Following the events that have shaken the world in the past weeks, the board members of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN) firmly condemn war and the committed atrocities against civilians. Our mission as neuroscientists, psychologists, and scholars of the human mind and behavior is rooted in the understanding and promotion of human well-being, cooperation, and empathy.  

War inflicts immeasurable suffering, causing both physical and psychological trauma to individuals and communities. It disrupts the delicate balance of human societies and undermines the progress that we, as a global community, strive to achieve. The psychological and emotional scars that war leaves behind can persist for generations, perpetuating a cycle of violence and division.

ESCAN stands for the values of tolerance, and the peaceful resolution of disputes, as science has repeatedly demonstrated the fundamental capacity of human beings to empathize, cooperate, and find non-violent solutions to conflicts. War contradicts our innate potential for understanding, compassion, and reconciliation.  

As members of ESCAN, we urge governments, international organizations, and individuals to prioritize diplomacy, dialogue, and peaceful conflict resolution methods as the primary means of addressing differences and disputes.  We believe that our voice is just one among many others, and we hope that together we will be heard.

Board of ESCAN

ESCAN 2024 in Ghent

We are pleased to announce the 7th bi-annual ESCAN meeting which will take place in Ghent, Belgium, between 22nd and 25th of May 2024. 

Information can be found at

If you have any questions,  please do not hesitate to contact the local organizers at

We look forward to seeing you in Ghent!

Phishing emails from ESCAN Board Members

Dear members,

It has come to our attention that some members of the Society have been receiving emails from what appear to be the email addresses of board members asking for help, which typically involve money transfers. Please note that:

  1. We are aware of the situation
  2. The email addressed that they use are not correct but look very similar to our actual email addresses
  3. We would never under any circumstances ask you to make any money transfer

Please ignore such emails and stay vigilant for online scams

Best wishes


ESCAN Contact

Laura Crucianelli (Secretary)