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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 Contact

Suzanne Oosterwijk (Secretary)

ESCAN Young Investigator Award 2022

The Young Investigator Award of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience honors the early achievements of scientists working in the area of Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and is meant to encourage the career development and scientific endeavors in the field. This year we have two ex-aequo winners of the ESCAN Young Investigator Award:

 Dr Camilla Nord (University of Cambridge, UK) and Dr Emiel Cracco (Ghent University, Belgium).

Dr Camilla Nord has made substantial and innovative contributions at the intersection of cognitive-affective neuroscience and mental health as evidenced by numerous high quality publications that highlight the translational importance of reliable and robust measures.

Dr Emiel Cracco has made substantial and innovative contributions in the fields of social perception and action representations as evidenced by a number of high quality publications that advance a coherent theoretical framework of social perception that scales up from one person to many actors.

Both awardees have shown academic independence, a strong commitment to Open Science practices, and possess a strong track record in wider dissemination of academic research.

We offer our warmest congratulations to both. We look forward to their future research and to meeting them at the ESCAN conference 2022 in Vienna to hear more about their research.

Beyond these awards,  ESCAN would like to confer a ‘Commendation Award for Open Science’ to Dr Lei Zhang for their commitment  to advance Open Science tools in the fields of social, cognitive and affective neuroscience.


With warm wishes,

The ESCAN Board

ESCAN 2022 Vienna

We are very happy to invite you to the sixth bi-annual conference of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN) that will be held in Vienna, Austria, between 19th and 22nd of July 2022.

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 Vienna!

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


ESCAN2021 conference fee waiver

The ESCAN Board is offering a conference fee waiver for ESCAN members (pre-doctoral and PhD students) who have financial difficulties to afford the registration fee for the online conference ESCAN2021.

Please send a request to waive the ESCAN2021 registration fee to and include the following:

- Your name, affiliation, position and contact information.

- A brief statement (1/2 page) to explain your motivation to attend ESCAN2021 and your financial circumstances.

- A formal letter from your university or supervisor in which it is stated that the conference fee will not be reimbursed.

Note that you can apply for the conference fee waiver when you have paid the early registration fee and when you have paid the late registration fee, but that the waiver is only applicable to the conference registration fees for ESCAN members.

The deadline for submitting a request is June 4th, 2021. We aim to inform applicants who will receive the waiver by June 11th, 2021. If we receive a large number of requests, the ESCAN Board will allocate conference waivers through a lottery. 

ESCAN 2021 Budapest Going Virtual

The 5th international conference of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN) will take place virtual on 23-26 June, 2021.


ESCAN Elections 2020: results

Following the electronic ballot for the ESCAN elections 2020 that was concluded earlier this month (with a participation of 34.4% of all voting members), we are pleased to share with you the results of the election.

We have four new ESCAN board members: Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou (University College London), Henk van Steenbergen (University of Leiden), Lorena Chanes (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and Shaimaa Nasr Amin (Hashemite University - Cairo University). Congratulation to all!

Manos Tsakiris (Royal Holloway, University of London) has been confirmed as the new president of ESCAN. Congratulations Manos, and good luck in leading the society in the coming years with hopefully better times ahead.

The results for election of the new President-Elect led to a tie: both candidates (Agnieszka Wykowska, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, and Giorgia Silani, University of Vienna) received exactly the same number of votes!

The board agreed that this is an exceptional event and both candidates should have the possibility to take on the role of President. Therefore, for the duration of the presidential mandate of 2023-2024, both Agnieszka and Giorgia will share the role of ESCAN President. The candidates will alternate in holding the executive powers of presidency: Agnieszka in 2023, Giorgia in 2024. Until then, both candidates will share the responsibilities of Presidents-Elect. Congratulations to both!

2020 Conference in Budapest postponed to 2021


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the ESCAN 2020 Organizing Committee, the ESCAN Board, and the management of Asszisztencia Congress Bureau agreed to postpone the ESCAN 2020 Conference to next year. We trust that by then the global pandemic will no longer be part of our daily lives, and will not impact business operations, travels and conferences anymore. This decision was taken in the interest of all and serves the safety and good health of delegates, speakers, exhibitors, organizers, and service providers.

The 2021 conference location will not change (Budapest, Hungary) and the new dates are June 23-26 2021.
For more information please read the full statement at the conference website:

ESCAN Young Investigator Award 2020

The ESCAN Board is pleased to announce that the ESCAN Young Investigator Award 2020 has been attributed to Leor Zmigrod (University of Cambridge). Congratulations and looking forward to the award address that will take place at the ESCAN Conference!

Access your personal data - Your privacy 

As an ESCAN member, you can always check and correct the personal data we have about you.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation of the EU regulates the storage, use and sharing of individual's personal data. As a result of your ESCAN membership, your contact information is currently stored in our members’ database. These data are used for the purposes of management of the society, publication of ESCAN events, and contacts via the ESCAN mailing list. The data are never provided to third parties under any circumstances.

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