Budapest was supposed to host ESCAN2020, which later became ESCAN2021. The current situation requires us to adapt further: while vaccination has started, planning a travel may still not possible and socializing may not be safe for all of us.

To allow equal access and stress-free participation for everybody we are happy to announce that ESCAN2021 goes virtual. Having seen the symposia proposals and the poster/free presentation abstracts flowing in we are very excited about the excellent content we'll have.

We invite you from all around the world to join this unique event. Let's make the best out of the opportunities this year offers – see you at ESCAN2021!

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Zsófia Anna Gaál, Ferenc Honbolygó, János Horváth
local organisers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory
University of Haifa

"The empathy feedback loop"

Simone Shamay-Tsoory is a professor at Haifa University, and lab director of Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab. Her main research interest is the understanding the neural mechanisms underlying social cognition and emotional experiences.

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Prof. Philippe Schyns
University of Glasgow


Philippe Schyns is a professor at University of Glasgow. His main research interest is the information processing mechanisms of face, object and scene categorization in the brain.

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Prof. Catherine Tallon-Baudry
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris


Catherine Tallon-Baudry seeks to understand how brain activity turns into conscious experience. She currently investigates the role of both gastric-brain and heart-brain coupling in very different aspects of subjectivity.

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Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Full refund cancellation of registration

Friday, 01 January 2021

Satellite submission deadline

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Symposia submission deadline

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Symposia decision

Monday, 15 March 2021

Individual oral/poster submission deadline

Monday, 22 March 2021

Individual oral/poster presentation decision

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Early registration deadline

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Cancellation of registration with refund

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

ESCAN 2021



Scientific Committee

Fernando Ferreira-Santos
Zsófia Anna Gaál
Ferenc Honbolygó
Bernhard Hommel
János Horváth
Suzanne Oosterwijk
Giorgia Silani
Manos Tsakiris
Matthias J. Wieser
Agnieszka Wykowska

Local Organizing Committee

Zsófia Anna Gaál
Ferenc Honbolygó
János Horváth

Main patron

György Pokol

Organizing Secretariat

Szent István krt. 7., H-1055 Budapest, Hungary
+36 1 350-1854

Virtual Conference Platform

The meeting will be held through EventsAIR OnAIR virtual event platform providing a transparent environment for a thought-stimulating and highly interactive program.

The virtual platform can be open by a personal password that will be sent to each registered participants a couple of days before the event.




Registration for satellites will open shortly
Early fees
before 20 April 2021
Late fees
after 20 April 2021
Fees include
ESCAN member Regular - Online fee* 120 EUR 220 EUR scientific sessions, certificate of attendance, VAT
ESCAN member Student - Online fee** 50 EUR 150 EUR
Non-member Regular - Online fee 190 EUR 290 EUR
Non-member Student - Online fee** 110 EUR 210 EUR

* Membership status will be verified by ESCAN. Be aware if your membership is not paid until 20 April 2021, the "Non member fee" will be applied.

** This discounted rate is valid for PhD students and students who has not earned their PhD yet. Student status shall be proved by a valid student ID or by a letter from your supervisor or university administration. Please send a copy of this document by email to info@escan2021.eu.

ESCAN Membership

Non-members should consider joining the society. Membership is inexpensive and among the many benefits, Members receive discounts on the meeting registration.

Two-year ESCAN membership fee:

  • Student: € 10
  • Regular: € 60

The membership fee applies to the period starting with July 2020 and ending prior to the ESCAN 2022 meeting. Join ESCAN


Acknowledgement of registration and receipt of fees will be sent soon after the registration form and full payment are received. Upon request, a letter of invitation will be sent.


All payments should be made in EUR and sent to Asszisztencia Kft. Payments should be made free of all bank charges and commissions.

Bank transfer

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Kindly instruct your bank that all charges are at your expenses, and indicate your name and address on your payment order form.

Online payment

Online payment is available with VISA, VISA Electron, V-Pay, MasterCard, Maestro and JCB cards only. Upon finishing your registration you will be redirected to the secured online payment site of K&H Bank Zrt. AMEX cards: Payment with AMEX card is only possible in a traditional mail order way. In this case please return the Credit Card Authorization Form with your card details.


Taxable invoice will be issued on all incoming payments. Invoices will be prepared for the customer name indicated on the registration form. Please note that the Congress Secretariat will not modify the customer name on issued invoices so please take care of the right billing address when you fill in the registration form.

Cancellation policy

All cancellations should be sent in written form to the Congress Secretariat.

  • If cancellation arrives before 20 April 2021 full refund less EUR 30 (as handling fee) of the registration fee will be applied.
  • No refund is available after this date, though substitution in person will be accepted.

Preliminary Schedule

22 June, Tuesday 23 June, Wednesday 24 June, Thursday 25 June, Friday 26 June, Saturday
09.00-10.30 Satellite symposium 1
Psychophysiological modelling workshop
Satellite symposium 1
Psychophysiological modelling workshop

Satellite symposium 2
Making a difference - the role of Social Neuroscience
in addressing pressing societal challenges
Symposium Symposium Symposium
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
11.00-12.30 Symposium Symposium Symposium
12.30-13.30 Lunch Break Lunch Break Closing
13.30-14.30 Keynote Keynote  
14.30-14.45 Coffee Break Coffee Break  
14.45-16.15 Symposium Symposium
16.15-17.30   Opening & Keynote Poster session Poster session  
17.30-18.30   Young Researcher Award ESCAN General Assembly  

Satellite Symposia

Satellite symposium 1 Satellite symposium 2
22-23 June, 2021

Psychophysiological modelling workshop
Chairs: Dominik Bach, University College London

Maximum participants: 25
Registration will open shortly

The workshop is aimed at newcomers to the method and at users who want to deepen their theoretical knowledge. We will focus on fostering an intuitive understanding and working with practical examples. The workshop will be divided into a theoretical overview and training with the software. Training will be adapted to participant's previous exposure to PsPM, SPM or Matlab. Participants are welcome to bring along specific questions on PsPM, or experiments that they are planning to analyse with PsPM.

23 June, 2021

Making a difference - the role of Social Neuroscience in addressing pressing societal challenges
Chairs: Claus Lamm (University of Vienna), Lasana Harris (University College London)

Maximum participants: 80
Registration for satellites will open shortly

8:20 -Registrations Opens

8:50 – 9:00Opening remarks

9:00 – 10:00Impact of the Environment on the Brain
 Simone Kuhn, Max Planck Berlin
 Daria Knoch, University of Bern

10:00 – 11:00Biased Communication and Media
 Manos Tsakiris, Royal Holloway University

11:00 – 11:30Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30Prosocial Apathy, Aging and Stress
 Patricia Lockwood, University of Oxford
 Paul Forbes & Claus Lamm, University of Vienna

12:30 – 14:00Lunch break including breakout session

14:00 – 14:30Group Processes and Empathy
 Grit Hein, University of Frankfurt
 Lasana Harris, University College London

14:30 – 15:30Lab-Style Interactive Workshops

15:00 – 16:00Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

Abstract Submission

Submissions are invited for satellites, symposia and individual oral/poster presentations.

Helpdesk: casm@asszisztencia.hu

Satellite Submission

The ESCAN 2021 organizing committee invites proposal for Satellite Events (workshops). Satellite Events are independent of but related to the ESCAN 2021, with the purpose of providing an interactive and focused platform for presenting and discussing new and emerging ideas of cognitive, affective and social neuroscience. If you wish to propose a Satellite Event, please fill out the below form.


Satellite submission deadline: 20 January 2021

Symposium Submission

For symposium on a given theme, the organizing author should pre-arrange for the different speakers (of different affiliations, as symposia are meant to bring different groups/perspectives to the same forum) and should conduct the full submission.

Symposium organizers will be expected to moderate their sessions during the conference.


Symposium submission deadline: 20 January 2021

Individual oral/poster submission

Individual submissions should be submitted by the presenting author, through the online abstract submission form. Click on below link to apply for a submission password, which will be sent to you in email. Add abstract topic, requested presentation type, abstract title, authors name and affiliation in the online form.

Oral presentations will be scheduled with 15 minutes.

Organizers may request you to change your preferred presentation type (oral or poster).


Individual oral/poster submission deadline: 15 March 2021

Virtual Exhibition & Sponsoring


The event platform offers several possibilities to sponsors and exhibitors to promote the company virtually to conference attendees.

  • virtual exhibition booths,
  • videos, digital ads and flyers,
  • workshops with live Q&A,
  • live chatting with company representatives.


Ms Ildikó Szilágyi
Telefon: +36 (1) 350-1854
Email: info@escan2021.eu

Congress Secretariat


Szent Istvan krt. 7.
H-1055 Budapest, Hungary
+36 1 350 1854
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