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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 Meeting in Budapest, 2020

ESCAN 2020

The 5th International Conference of the ESCAN will take place in Budapest.

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As 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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Call for nominations: Election for ESCAN board members 2018

The ESCAN board is preparing an election to select new board members, that is scheduled to take place later in 2018 via electronic ballot (more information on the election will be provided at a later date).

As such, we are announcing a call for nominations among the ESCAN membership for the upcoming election. ESCAN members in good standing that are committed to the duties and mission of the society are eligible to become candidates either by self-nomination or by suggestion.

Members will be contacted via the e-mail address with which they are registered in the society with further instructions to submit a nomination/suggestion.

ESCAN meeting in Leiden, 2018

The 2018 international conference of ESCAN was the largest yet and a great success! If you feel nostalgic, you can revisit many of the conference highlights on Twitter: #ESCAN2018.

ESCAN 2016 conference

The 2016 international conference of ESCAN was a great success with many talks in the domains of cognitive, affective, and social neuroscience. Enjoy the pictures here below from the venue in Porto, Portugal.


Our new president (2016)

Sonja Kotz will be the president for the next 2 years, as of the 2016 meeting in Porto.

Prof. Dr. Sonja Kotz is Chair in Neuropsychology and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurocience at Maastricht University Unversity, Maastricht, The Netherlands and Research Associate in the Neuropschology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.

Bernhard Hommel is our president-elect.

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hommel holds the chair of "General Psychology" at Leiden University since 1999, after having worked as senior researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research (PhD at the University of Bielefeld in 1990; Habilitation at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich). He is a co-founder and board member of the Leiden Institute for Brain & Cognition (LIBC), secretary of the International Association for Attention and Performance, and member of the German National Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on cognitive, computational, developmental, neural, and neurochemical mechanisms of human attention and action control, and the role of consciousness therein. Recent work also addresses the role of emotion, creativity, and religion in human cognition. He is chief editor of two journals and has (co-)authored more than 230 articles in international journals and more than 40 chapters in readers and psychological textbooks, (co-)edited three books on action control and the relationship between perception and action, and (co-)edited several special issues on attention and action control

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New ESCAN board members 2016

2016 ESCAN board

Please welcome our new board members

Lorenza Colzato, ESCAN Secretary
Fernando Ferreira-Santos
Manos Tsakiris

New functions in the board

Bernhard Hommel, ESCAN Deputy-Treasurer

Leaving the board ...

Gilles Pourtois
Pedro Montoya
Lars Nyberg