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ESCAN Elections 2020

In spite of the ESCAN 2020 conference and plenary meeting having been postponed to 2021, the board is presently organizing elections for positions in the board and presidency of the society:

1) Election of new board members
2) Confirmation of the new President
3) Election of the new President-Elect

Voting on new board members, confirmation of the new President, and election of the new President-Elect will take place via an electronic ballot that will be open for voting from 20/10/2020 until 10/11/2020. All full members of ESCAN in good standing will receive an e-mail sent to the e-mail address that is registered in their member profile at the ESCAN website with an individual link to vote.

The list of candidates (including motivation and biosketch) are available at

Election of new board members - Call for nominations

ESCAN will hold elections for up to four new board members in the Fall of 2020 via electronic ballot. As such, we are announcing a call for nominations among the ESCAN membership for the upcoming elections. ESCAN full 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.

We aim to increase the diversity and inclusivity of ESCAN, and that includes the ESCAN board. As such, we encourage members from different backgrounds to apply to board membership in the upcoming elections.

Information on the call will be sent to members via e-mail.

ESCAN Round Table sessions 2020

On July 3rd, 2020, ESCAN organizes a series of online “round table” sessions. In these small-group online discussions (targeted at PhD students and postdocs), ESCAN members can informally discuss a set of pre-determined topics, moderated by scientists with expertise on the topic.

After the round table sessions, there will be an Open Flash Talk session in which ESCAN members can share their most recent research findings with other members. The goal of the Open Flash Talk session is to give you the chance to present your research in a short 2-minute video “flash talk” format. The full details for this session can be found in the flash talk submission form.

Time Table - July 3rd, 2020:

15:30 - 16:30 | Round Table sessions
  • Challenges for women in science (Moderator(s): Barbara Schober & Giorgia Silani)
  • Good Research Practices (Moderator(s): Suzanne Oosterwijk & Lukas Snoek)
  • Online testing and experimentation (Moderator(s): Cesco Willemse)
  • How to become a PI/Grant writing (Moderator(s): Manos Tsakiris & Agnieszka Wykowska)
  • EEG analyses/hyperscanning (Moderator(s): Ivana Konvalinka & Suzanne Dikker)

17:00 - 18:00 | Open Flash Talk session

If you would like to sign up for one of the online round table sessions, please fill out the following form:

If you would like to submit a flash talk for the Open Flash Talk session, please fill out the following form:

Registration for the sessions closes on July 1st. If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to

Online Round Tables survey

Since the ESCAN 2020 conference has been postponed to next year, we are considering to organize online "round table" sessions on the dates of the original ESCAN conference (1 - 4 July 2020). In these round table session members discuss pre-determined topics in small informal groups.

We would like to invite you to fill out a short survey in which you can express your interest in attending such sessions. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and can be accessed until June 5th:

We really appreciate your input! Thank you!

New Initiatives

The board of the society is in the process of renovating rules and structure of the society and has developed new tools to support our members. Among other things, we recently opened a Twitter account: @ESCAN_EU. Members are encouraged to follow. If you want to communicate important information to all the followers of the ESCAN twitter account, please tag us @ESCAN_EU and we will retweet your message.

We are currently announcing calls that you may be interested in:

ESCAN election: Results

The results of the ESCAN election are out, and we are happy to announce the election of the four candidates Agnieszka Wykowska, Giorgia Silani, Matthias J. Wieser, and Suzanne Oosterwijk. Congratulations!

Participation in the ballot by members eligible to vote was 30.4%.

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 election: Voting!

We are happy to announce the four candidates that have come forth in their interest to join the ESCAN board (ordered alphabetically):

  • Agnieszka Wykowska
  • Giorgia Silani
  • Matthias J. Wieser
  • Suzanne Oosterwijk

There are up to four available positions in the board. Read the candidates' application statements and biosketches.

The dates for the election are between the 7th and 18th of January 2019. An official notification from BallotBin has been sent via e-mail to voting members (as per Article 13, point 2 of the Constitution: "Every full member, retired member or honorary member who is not suspended has one vote. All other categories will be considered special members who have not the right to vote.").

Check your e-mail to vote!

For any queries please contact the ESCAN Board Secretary, Fernando Ferreira-Santos (

ESCAN Meeting in Budapest, postponed to 2021

ESCAN 2020

The 5th International Conference of the ESCAN will take place in Budapest, but has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full statement at the conference website:

Next Conference Budapest 1 - 4 July 2020

We hope to see you all in Budapest! 

More information >>

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.

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


Matthew Apps recieved the ESCAN young researcher award during the Porto 2016 conference.

At the conference he presented a talk on "Neurocomputational basis of social signals in the anterior cingulate cortex".



ESCAN 3rd international conference

We are pleased to announce the 3rd international conference of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, that will take place in Porto, Portugal, between 23-26 of June, 2016, at the Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa.


ESCAN meeting in 2016

Venue: Porto (Portugal)

Dates: JUNE 23-26, 2016

ESCAN meeting in 2014 

The Board is pleased to announce that Michael Falkenstein, one of our founding members, and his team will be organizing the ESCAN2014 meeting.

Marseille 2012

We look back at a succesful and well-attended first scientific meeting from 9 to 12 May 2012 in Marseille.

ESCAN meeting in Amsterdam

The ESCAN kick-off meeting (10-12 December 2009, Amsterdam) was the first public manifestation of the society. 70 participants from all over Europe attended 20 scientific presentations.


Call for Papers

50th Anniversary Congress of the German Psychological Society - LeiPSYCH.

Paper submission is possible from 2 November 2015 until 29 January 2016.

online submission