Past and future gatherings

BACN Annual scientific meeting 2019 

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Our 2019 meeting will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of September in the historical city of Cambridge. The meeting will feature a keynote address delivered by Kia Nobre (University of Oxford), two prize lectures and several free platforms and symposia.

Accommodation for the conference can be had at Robinson College or Westminster College. Other alternatives are a stay at the Hotel Felix, Hilton Cambridge City Centre, and the Hilton Double Tree. If you have any questions about accommodation contact Nick Cooper (

This year’s BACN prize lectures are:

The BACN Mid-career prize lecture by Professor Patrick Haggard (University College London). 
The BACN Early-career prize lecture by Dr Micah Allen (Aarhus University).

We would like to invite suggestions for symposia, and abstracts for oral and poster presentations.
If your would like to organise a symposium, please email Nick Cooper (, giving an explanation of the aims and content, and who you would aim to include in the symposium (3-4 speakers). The deadline for symposium suggestions is 30th April 2019.   

If your would like to present at the meeting, please submit an abstract using the linked Google Form here.

Please note that this year we will be be accepting pre-registration posters (e.g. posters that present a hypothesis and experimental design).If you have any questions, please email Nick Cooper ( The deadline for abstract submissions is 31st May 2019.

We are very please to announce that this year, childcare bursaries will be available, please contact Duncan Astle for further details:


BACN 2018 annual scientific meeting


The two-day meeting was hosted by Gregor Thut and Marios Philiastides at the University of Glasgow. It featured a keynote address by Charlotte Stag (University of Oxford) and two career prize winner talks delivered by Chris Miall (University of Birmingham; Mid-Career) and Joseph Galea (University of Birmingham; Early-Career).

In addition to high quality open platform talks and posters we accepted three symposia. Gregor Thut and Marios Philiastides chaired a symposium on the decoding and driving of brain activity. Olaf Hauk headed a symposium on neuroscientific investigations of language processing and Stephanie Rossit chaired a symposium on human neuroimaging of predictive processing.

Because we also like to have a good time at BACN conferences our hosts organised a delicious dinner at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor which was followed by our traditional ceilidh dance.


bacn 2017 annual scientific meeting


On the 7th and 8th of September, the 2017 meeting was hosted by Patric Bach and Jeremy Goslin at Plymouth University. The keynote was delivered by Steven Tipper (University of York) alongside prize winner talks given by Duncan Astle (CBU, Cambridge; early-career winner) and Matt Lambon Ralph (University of Manchester; mid-career winner).

Alongside stimulating open platform talks, the conference featured three symposia on the ‘Cognitive neuroscience of object affordance and it’s clinical implications’ chaired by Patric Bach, the ‘Neurofeedback for the 21st Century’ chaired by Katia Rubia and ‘New analysis methods of EEG in cognitive neuroscience’ delivered by Jeremy Goslin, Laura Astolfi, Marios Philiastinides and Bruno Rossion.


BAcn 2016 annual scientific meeting


The British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN) annual meeting was held on the 12th to 14th September 2016 in the beautiful city of Budapest. The 3-day meeting was held jointly with Valeria Csepe and Zoltan Vidnyanszky of the Brain Imaging Centre of RCNS of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The keynote was delivered by Edward de Haan (University of Amsterdam) alongside the BACN Mid-career award lecture by Masud Husain (University of Oxford) and the BACN Early-Career Prize Lecture Parashkev Nachev (UCL). Four symposia discussed: ‘Reading in the brain: From words to sentences’, ‘Human Brain Stimulation’, ‘Motivation, effort and reward in decision making’ and ‘Neurocognitive background of language and music processing from a developmental perspective’.

The evenings entertainment saw attendants enjoying the traditional ceilidh with a twist and provided the chance to enjoy local Hungarian delicacies.