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ICON stands for International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience.

ICON has taken place every 2-3 years since 1980 (click the "Where?" tab for an historical overview). ICON brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds, joined by their interest in studying the relationships amongst brain, mind, and behavior.

Central to the ICON idea is the dissemination and exchange of high-level scientific findings, methods, and ideas across various areas of cognitive neuroscience including all topics such as language, attention, decision making, and many more.

ICON conferences are always a big success, and 2017 in Amsterdam will follow this same tradition!

For questions about the meeting, contact icon2017@icon2017.org.

Requisite pictures of Amsterdam:

ICON 1982 in Kingston Ontario:

ICON has a long history of being in beautiful exotic locations (and close to the beach!). The table below lists all previous ICONs.

The next ICON will be no different. ICON 2017 will be located in the heart of the beautiful and cultural city of Amsterdam (Netherlands). And yes, it's close(ish) to the beach.

The venue will be the breath-taking Beurs van Berlage conference hall. It is located in the heart of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, in turn, is easily accessible from almost anywhere on planet Earth.

The closest airport is Schiphol, a 20-minute train ride from the city center. Amsterdam is also easily accessible by international trains, and the conference location is a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station.

For practical information about traveling to Amsterdam, click on the "Info!" tab.




Near beach?

Not really
You call that a beach?
Close enough
Couldn't be closer
Too much good beer to notice
Couldn't be closer
Sure hope so!

ICON will take place from the 5th to the 8th of August, 2017

Mark your calendars and plan your research accordingly!

Specifc dates for submissions and registration are listed below:

Registration opens 2 January 2017
Symposia/A.T.E./Hackathons submissions close 1 February 2017
Poster submissions close 31 March 2017
Notification of submission acceptance 1 May 2017
Early-bird discount registration ends 15 May 2017
Late registration fees apply 3 July 2017

Please note that ICON2017 weekend is also the weekend of the gay pride celebration in Amsterdam (auspicious though unintentional serendipitous timing). Don't wait until the last minute to book your accomodation!

Executive committee

(Please direct conference-related questions to icon2017@icon2017.org.)

Program board

Scientific committees:

Anatomy Rogier Mars
Attention Kia Nobre
Clinical Cam Carter
Cognitive modeling Scott Brown
Connectivity/networks Andreas Engel
Consciousness Rufin VanRullen
Decision-making Tobias Kalenscher
Developmental Eveline Crone
Electrophysiology methods Eric Maris
Hackathons/tutorials Tal Yarkoni
Language Simon Fisher
Memory Charan Ranganath
MRI methods Russ Poldrack
Neural modeling Gustavo Deco
Open science and replication Dorothy Bishop
Sensory processing John Serences
Social behavior Christian Ruff

Honorary executive members (previous ICON organizers)

We strive to make ICON2017 a world-class conference that includes both a standard conference program and some novel options.

We believe that ICON should showcase high quality science that values scientific rigor and careful experimentation over "sexy" results. We encourage people to present their best research even if it includes null findings.

ICON is an international conference featuring all topics around the cognitive neurosciences such as:

Standard program material:

Novel program options:

Let's make the world a better place

Information about our blind review process

Part of our commitment to advancing fair and high-quality science is a blinded review process, in which reviewers do not see authors' names or institutions. This helps ensure that there are no unintentional biases.

To maintain blindness, we request that you avoid using speakers' names in abstracts. For symposia abstracts, you should refer to "Speaker 1" and "Speaker 2" rather than names. Thanks in advance for your help with making the review process fair!

Click here for the official registration/submission site

Submission guidelines

Poster presentation




Download an information brochure about Amsterdam!

Some highlights of the practical information about Amsterdam in August:

Information about accomodation

Information about visas

We want to make ICON2017 an amazing conference, and we have worked hard to make it affordable.

The registration costs after 15 May are €500 for students (masters and PhD levels) and €700 for full registration (including postdocs). Late registration after 3 July will involve an additional charge, so don't wait until the last minute to register!

Registration includes breakfast and lunch every day (sandwiches/salad/fish/veggies/fruit/bread), juice/tea/coffee and lots of stroopwafels, and the opening night reception at the beautiful Hotel Krasnapolsky!

Click here for the official registration/submission site.

Note these important registration dates!

Registration opens 2 January 2017
Early registration ends 15 May 2017
Late registration fees apply 3 July 2017

Cancellation/registration-transfer policy

Visit the program page to see the preliminary schedule and search through all program material!

We are pleased to announce the following ICON keynote speakers:

John Duncan (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)
Eleanor Maguire (UCL)
Satu Palva (University of Helsinki)
Daphna Shohamy (Columbia University)

Accepted symposia (title and main organizer):

The Anterior Cingulate Cortex and Social Cognition: Evidence from anatomy, electrophysiology, computational and translational neuroscience   Joshua Balsters
Oscillations in the broad alpha band: New Findings   Manuel Schabus
You know it's time: The beneficial effects of temporal attention on perception   Felix Ball, Toemme Noesselt
Neural oscillatory mechanisms in temporal prediction   Assaf Breska
The temporal dynamics of response inhibition: neural markers, modes, and modulations   Rene Huster
Cognitive and neural mechanisms of attention development   Joe Bathelt
Cognitive modeling
New computational approaches to P300 research in humans   Francisco Barcelo
Models of category formation and adaptation: distributional learning of speech and language   Katerina Chladkova
Toward a unified account of frontopolar function in higher-level cognition   Micah Goldwater
The Influence of Cortical Field Potentials on Perception, Action, and Cognition   Jason Palmer
Connectivity research in cognitive neuroscience: Hype or approach of the future?   Rogier Mars
Contemplating conflict: the role of metacognition and performance monitoring in voluntary action   Frederike Beyer
Dilemmas in the face of uncertainty: Computational approaches to adaptive behavior   Zsuzsika Sjoerds
Neurobiology of Motivation: Anatomy, pharmacology, pathology, and computation   Matthew Apps
Principled computations of goal-directed perceptual inference: from the cortical column to the large-scale network   Saskia Haegens
Deciding how to decide: when and how the brain takes short-cuts to make decisions   Hanneke den Ouden
Functional interactions between neural systems for attention and decision making   Mark Bellgrove
The neural basis of social decision-making   Jan Engelmann
Functional and structural determinants of lifespan differences in cognition   Linda Geerligs
Building Cognitive Architecture in Atypically Developing Populations: Assessing The Potential of Targeted Cognitive Training   Kim Cornish
Electrophysiology methods
Eye movement-related brain activity in perceptual and cognitive processing   Andrey Nikolaev
Can we measure without influencing the measured: Rhythmic sensory stimulation in brain research   Rasa Gulbinaite
MRI methods
Dynamic Causal Modelling: a promising tool for studying the putative mechanisms underlying brain function?   Elinor Tzvi
Mnemonic priorities: dynamic interplays between attention and working memory   Nahid Zokaei
Theta oscillations in the human medial temporal lobe - From single units to MEG   Simon Hanslmayr
Is visual cortex relevant for visual working memory?   Annelinde Vandenbroucke
Theta-gamma coupling as a mnemonic mechanism in the human brain   Moritz Koester
The role of expectancy in episodic memory encoding   Andrea Greve
Hippocampal representations of realistic memories: event segmentation, integration and organisation of memories in naturalistic contexts   Branka Milivojevic
Sensory processing
Modulation of perceptual processes by motor processes: the role of neuronal oscillations.   Alice Tomassini
Predictions in perception and action: neural mechanisms, cognitive determinants, and computational architectures   Ryszard Auksztulewicz
Sensory and Cognitive Plasticity Following Visual or Auditory Impairment   Stephen Lomber
Perspectives on sensory prediction   Juanita Todd
How can deep neural networks help us understand sensory processing in the human brain?   Iris Groen
See, smell, and taste this! The neuroscience of multimodal food perception   Kathrin Ohla
Open science, replication
How to organize open and reproducible science?   Eric Maris
Open and reproducible neuroscience: What, Why and How?   Dorothy Bishop

Accepted hackathons (title and main organizer):

A tutorial on multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA) of fMRI data in Python   Lukas Snoek
The Amsterdam Decoding And Modeling toolbox (EEG/MEG)   Johannes Fahrenfort
Stochastic modelling for neurosciences in R   Jan Kirchner

Accepted ask-the-experts (title and main organizer):

Leveraging electrophysiology to study visual perception across non-human and human primates   Vinitha Rangarajan
Towards a theory of Prefrontal Cortex: Throwing out the babies with the bathwater?   Eliana Vassena

Overview of the daily ICON schedule:

Registration/coffee  8:00-8:30
Morning parallel sessions  8:30-10:50
Welcome address or keynote  11:00-12:00
Poster session and lunch  12:00-13:30
Afternoon parallel sessions  13:30-16:00
Poster session and snacks  16:00-17:30
Keynote address  17:30-18:30

Note about posters: Posters should be formatted in landscape, with a maximum of 97x147 cm.

Pre-conference satellite sessions:

Satellite meeting "Psychophysiology and behavioral observation in traffic research"

Organized by NVP (Dutch Psychonomic Society)

This meeting will take place in Leiden on 3 and 4 August 2017, that is just prior to ICON XIII. Leiden is at a train distance of 15 minutes from Schiphol airport and 30 minutes from Amsterdam.

In this meeting, researchers interested in air, road, rail and maritime traffic safety are invited. International experts will discuss recent views on the reliable assessment of drowsiness, fatigue, attention, alertness and mental workload — in other words; fitness to fly, drive, or sail. How much can we read with a wearable heart rate device? Which information can be obtained with a webcam? How useful is a wireless EEG headset? Technical notes will address current methods available for data acquisition during traffic participation, and advanced online data analysis. Discussions will focus on defining the main technical challenges for assessing mental states in traffic users.

Confirmed speakers: Gianluca Borghini, Karel Brookhuis, Ellen Jongen, Andrew Spink, Jan van Erp, Leon Kenemans, Wendie Uitterhoeve, Scott MacKinnon, Bruce Mehler, Andre Kamphuis, Melcher Zeilstra, Rolf Zon, Paul van Gent, Divera Twisk, Renzia de Koning and Giovanni Vecchiato.

For more information, see this website or contact band-at-fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Summer school: "Model-based Neuroscience Summer School"

The University of Amsterdam will host the fourth Summer School in Model-Based Neuroscience

Dates: July 31 - August 4, 2017
Location: Amsterdam

The school will provide students with hands-on experience in both cognitive modeling using diffusion and accumulator models and cognitive neuroscience methods. In addition, the program includes various lectures on model-based decision neuroscience both in humans and non-human primates.

For more information, visit the course website.

Post-conference satellite session:

Vision, Attention, Memory, at the VU (Free University) Amsterdam!

Organized by Sara Jafari and Tomas Knapen.

For more information, see this flyer.

A related conference that ICONeers might be interested in:

Annual Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (CCN)

September 6-8, 2017

We are excited to announce the inaugural conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (CCN)! Held over three days at Columbia University in NYC, CCN will serve as a forum for cross-talk between neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence researchers who are dedicated to understanding the neural computations that underlie complex behavior. For more information, see this flyer.

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