Flux Virtual 2021

September 17 – 21, 2021

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel! But we are not there yet. There is still a ways to go before we can have an in person conference that welcomes all our membership.

After much discussion, the Board realized, as other societies have, that there are too many uncertainties regarding the ability for our members to attend an in-person meeting in the fall and commit now to such planning. It is uncertain whether a safe level of inoculation will have been reached world-wide by September. It is also uncertain whether many of our members, especially international ones, will still have travel restrictions and/or restricted funds for attending conferences due to the pandemic. Therefore, the Board and Chair of the Program Committee have made the decision that we will have a virtual meeting September 17-21,2021.

Given the success of our past virtual meeting where attendance around the world doubled, we are excited about taking advantage of this platform one more time and delivering a truly unique forum to present our latest findings with lively discussions from our members. We are committed to making the virtual Congress accessible to everyone. Thus, fees again will be commensurate with a virtual meeting, including the availability of lab memberships. We will again have pre-recorded scientific presentations to watch during and after the meeting, as well as designated conference times when the presenter can have live discussions. The poster sessions will be open throughout the conference providing an opportunity for increased interaction. We also heard your feedback and instead of having three 8-hour days, we will have five 5-hour days, striving to find times that can best accommodate the diverse time zones.

While we all proceeded with a predominantly stay-at-home approach, science continued, and we want to encourage you to share what you have been able to discover in your studies and engage in renewed discussions that will pave a renewed path in DCN. We are guaranteed a rich scientific program with Niko Steinbeis, a leader in developmental cognitive neuroscience from University College London, at the helm of the program committee.

During this year much was learned about virtual interactions in science and ways to have social interactions. We ask for volunteers to help support exciting ways to engage socially in this virtual platform including our traditional Karaoke! This is a critical part of Flux that supports the ability for important bonds to be formed. Please sign up to volunteer for helping with the Flux Social Event(s) by emailing our secretariat. We will also have a diversity session, which was a great success last year and a session to discuss the impact of the pandemic in our work and approaches going forward. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you as we share our research and ideas and support students and early-career researchers. We invite you all to again make lemonade out of lemons and have a successful and memorable experience that will motivate our work going forward. We also encourage you to invite your colleagues and more members of your research team to attend.

‘See’ you again in September and in-person in 2022 in either Paris or Santa Rosa, which we are actively determining.


Key Dates

Call for Symposium opens: January 11, 2021
Call for Symposium closes: March 11, 2021

Call for late breaking posters opens: June 21, 2021
Call for late breaking posters closes: July 4, 2021

Young Investigator Award nomination opens: February 15, 2021
Young Investigator Award nomination closes: April 15 15, 2021

Dissertation Award nomination opens: February 15, 2021
Dissertation Award nomination closes: April 15 15, 2021

Scientific Program Committee

Chair: Nikolaus Steinbeis (University College London)

Duncan Astle (University of Cambridge)

Anna van Duijvenvoorde (Leiden University)

Jessica Church-Lang (University of Texas at Austin)

Alexandra Cohen (New York University)

Tobias Hauser (University College London)

Rogier Kiviet (Radboud University)

Kieran O’Donnell (Yale University)

Jennifer Pfeifer (University of Oregon)

Yee Lee Shing (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Leah Somervile (Harvard University)

Sarah Yip (Yale University)

Lilla Zollei (Harvard University)

Code of Conduct

The Flux Society aims to advance the understanding of human brain development by serving as a forum for scientific discussion and educate the next generation of developmental cognitive neuroscience researchers. The success of this endeavour requires that we maintain a community where everyone is free to exchange their ideas in a safe, respectful, and fostering environment without bias, harassment (including sexual), incivility, or unprofessionalism.
The Flux Society Code of Conduct, below, reflects our Society’s values and our expectations for Society members and guests. While attending a Flux Congress, Satellite Meetings and any social event linked to the Flux Society, this Code of Conduct as well as the professional standards set by your home Institution or employer are always in effect.

1. Conduct should be free of biases regarding sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, cultural background, religion (or lack thereof), country of origin, disability, physical appearance, or other individual characteristics or expression. This conduct should be free of: stereotyping, undermining, using epithets/slurs, or acting in a threatening, intimidating, or hostile manner.

2. Members (and guests) should treat each other with respect. Flux Society has zero tolerance for sexual harassment including: any verbal or physical behavior that reflects unwelcome sexual advances or behaving in any way that another individual would feel that their boundaries have been impinged on. These unwelcome sexual behaviors include discussions, advances, comments, touching, propositions, social media communication, or display of sexual imagery. Particular care should be exercised by those with more senior professional rank so as to prevent junior members from perceiving that they are in an untenable or compromising position.

3. Discussions, including scientific, should be respectful, civil, professional, and constructive reflecting tolerance for disagreements and recognition of opportunities to learn from each other.