by Charles Hofacker
Society for NeuroEconomics, Virtual conference, 7-9 Oct 2020; Deadline 31 Jul
Author: ELMAR Moderator
The SNE Annual Meeting is Going Virtual!
Dear colleagues and friends,
Our recent membership survey indicated a clear desire to share research, stay connected, and support students and early career scientists during these unprecedented times. Accordingly, the board and I have decided to hold a SNE virtual meeting this year, from 7-9 October 2020.
The exchange of our latest scientific knowledge is essential for fostering our community, and we need to advance and share the work of our membership, especially our early-career researchers. A virtual conference this year will enable us to meet these goals, and with Society members from more than 30 countries, this gathering will provide an opportunity for our community to come together in an accessible, safe, and inclusive environment.
The 2020 virtual conference will utilize a professional online meeting platform, and thus the meeting will be organized in a similar format to our typical in-person conference, with the addition of some new features possible in an online environment. We will communicate more detailed logistics as to how the virtual conference will operate on the Society’s website in the coming weeks. We are happy to announce now that abstract submissions are reopened, until July 31.
We are committed to making our conference as accessible as possible despite the challenges of the current environment, and have made decisions to ensure we can accommodate as many interested researchers as possible in our 2020 meeting. Though this will likely mean that we will not cover our annual Society expenses this year, we believe that we have an important duty to help our members and maintain our ability to disseminate and discuss our research. Specifically, we have decided that:
- We will offer complimentary conference registration to Society members.
- We will reduce conference registration costs substantially for non-members.
- We will institute a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Fee Waiver Program to those members that can demonstrate that they will not be reimbursed by their university / employer due to a COVID-19-related expense freeze.
- We will extend our existing International Diversity Fellowship to additionally facilitate conference attendance of members of a group that is underrepresented in the field (undergraduate-faculty level).
- We will waive conference registration costs for interested Undergraduate students.
We encourage you to take advantage of these policies and spread the good news by inviting your colleagues and members of your research teams to attend the 2020 Meeting. We believe this year’s meeting offers an excellent opportunity to extend our Society’s reach and broaden our membership, so please help us achieve these goals by encouraging others to visit us (virtually) in October!
Another piece of exciting news is that the COVID-19 crisis has led us to reflect on whether we could provide our members with additional benefits to better develop our society’s mission. To this end, we have decided to launch a new webinar series entitled “Growing up in Neuroeconomics” that will feature senior PI’s within our community sharing their own academic story and, most importantly, answering your questions. We will also introduce Society-sponsored “Best Paper of the Year” & “Best Dissertation of the Year” awards. More details to follow soon!
We thank you for being part of the SNE community and for your ongoing dedication to our mission. We hope that we can rely on your participation to ensure the success of this year’s Meeting.
- Hilke Plassmann, SNE President
- Todd Hare, SNE President Elect
- Alan Sanfey, SNE Immediate Past President
- Lesley Fellows
- Catherine Hartley
- Kenway Louie
- Kerstin Preuschoff
- David Redish
- Robb Rutledge
- Tali Sharot
- Agnieszka Tymula
- Carolyn Yoon