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BrainWaves: The Neuroscience Graduate Program Newsletter

Conference Corner (September 2023)

Author: Leanne Monteiro and Tegan Hargreaves

Presenting at conferences is a great way to reach a large audience, hear the latest research, network with experts in your field, strengthen your CV, and facilitate your future career. Here are some upcoming conferences that may be of interest to neuroscience graduate students. Be sure to take a look at the links below for the most up-to-date information about these and many more upcoming scientific meetings. 

ConferenceAbstract Submission DeadlineRegistration FeesLocationMeeting Dates
World Congress of PsychiatryPast$200 CADVienna, AustriaSeptember 28-October 1, 2023
Canadian Computational Neuroscience ConferencePast FreeVirtualOctober 5-6, 2023
2023 Innovations in the Science of Cannabis Conference  None Free (MGDCMCR2023-FREE)LR Wilson Hall @ McMaster University or VirtualOctober 10-12, 2023
The Canadian Psychiatric Association 72nd Annual ConferencePast $110 CADVancouver, BCOctober 18-21, 2023
International Conference on Neurology and Brain DisordersSeptember 28, 2023In-Person: $1130 CAD
Virtual: $725 CAD
Boston, MA October 19-21, 2023
 19th Annual NeuroMusic ConferenceSeptember 29, 2023In-Person: $75-100 CAD
Virtual: $30 CAD
McMaster University October 28, 2023
 Society for Neuroscience ConferencePast In-Person: $670 CAD
Virtual: $340 CAD
Washington, DC November 11-15, 2023
American College of NeuropsychopharmacologyPast In-Person: $270 CAD
Virtual: $175 CAD 
Tampa, FL  December 3-6, 2023
The New VISTAs in Vision Research September 29, 2023$100-130 CAD York UniversityDecember 4-7, 2023
Neuronal Circuits  January 12, 2024In-Person: $1125-1500 CAD
 Virtual: $235 CAD
Long Island, NY
March 20-23, 2024
Schizophrenia International Research Society ConferenceDecember 7, 2023TBDFlorence, ItalyApril 3-7, 2024
Cognitive Neuroscience SocietyDecember 5, 2023 TBD Toronto, ONApril 13-16, 2024
17th Canadian Neuroscience Meeting January 31, 2024$230-360 CAD (2023 rates)Vancouver, BCMay 19-22, 2024
Canadian Psychological Association December 2023$ 316.40 CADOttawa, ONJune 21-23, 2024
Organization for Human Brain MappingNovember 17, 2023 TBDSeoul, Korea June 23-27, 2024
Alzheimer's Association International Conference Opens December 2023 TBD Philadelphia, PAJuly 28-August 1, 2024
The Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  ConferenceTBD TBDWinnipeg, MBSeptember 21-24, 2024

How to Optimize Attending to Get the Most out of your Virtual Conference Experience

Attending conferences can be a great way to share your work and gain valuable feedback and opportunities for new collaborations now and in the future. Although many conferences are now occurring in-person, many are still online or offer a hybrid model of virtual and in-person events. Here are some tips to make the most out of virtual conferences.
  • Apply for conferences you normally would not be able to attend
    • Italy, France, Brazil? Travelling to these places during graduate school can be difficult. However, with online conferences, you don’t need to pay for travel expenses, blurring borders and opening opportunities for networking and sharing your knowledge with the top of your field from around the world
  • Register for everything you are interested in and attend what you can
    • Many conferences record the talks and upload them later
    • Try watching the most important talks for your research and catch up on the rest when you have time
    • Go to the posters of experts whose work you admire, ask them questions, and get their contact information
  • Ask questions online in the chat
    • If you are someone who gets intimidated asking questions in person, virtual talks can be a great way to overcome that by being able to submit your questions in the chat
    • This can also be a great way to work up your bravery to ask questions during in-person conferences and lectures

Travel Grants

McMaster’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) offers travel awards worth up to $500 to travel for conference presentations. Students can apply through the AwardSpring tile in Mosaic. In addition, each conference usually has different internal and external funding opportunities, so be sure to check for conference-specific funding wherever you register to attend.

The MiNDS program also offers a travel award up to $500 (to be matched by your supervisor). 

Regular attendance (80%) at Colloquium, Journal Club and Seminar Series talks is required to qualify 

The application can be found here or for more information, Sandra knows all!

Check out these links to keep up on the latest conferences: 

If you know of any other conferences that other students may be interested in, please reach out to us!