Neuroscience 2021 to be Fully Virtual
Updated 0ct. 11, 2021
Updated Cancellation/Refund Policy:
Any registrant of Neuroscience 2021 who wishes to cancel their registration can do so on or before October 25, 2021 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and providing your full name, the email address associated with the registration, and the confirmation number found on the emailed registration confirmation. SfN is reversing the previous 2021 refund policy that was communicated and this change in policy supersedes any prior communication. We apologize for the confusion and contradictory information.
Please note, anyone who cancels their Neuroscience 2021 registration will not have access to virtual Neuroscience 2021 and, if an abstract was submitted, will not be able to present their poster. Echoing SfN President Barry Everitt, we hope Neuroscience 2021 registrants will elect to take part in the fully virtual Neuroscience 2021 meeting being held November 8-11.
Neuroscience 2021 Updated Pricing Policy:
Neuroscience 2021 advance registration rates will be applicable to all Neuroscience 2021 registrations, regardless of registration date. There will be no price increase for anyone wishing to register for the fully virtual Neuroscience 2021. This policy will be retroactive, meaning anyone who paid a higher amount will be refunded the difference automatically.
See the chart on the registration fees page for specifics applicable to your specific member category.
The Society for Neuroscience will hold Neuroscience 2021 as a fully virtual experience, eliminating all in-person options that had been planned for McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Neuroscience 2021 will take place online November 8-11, 2021, with Preview Days taking place November 3-7, which allows attendees to preview posters as well as full symposia and minisymposia talks prior to the official meeting dates.
The decision to transition to a fully virtual Neuroscience 2021 experience was necessary due to the impact of the continuing spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, causing a significant number of in-person speakers to withdraw and preventing SfN from holding a major portion of its in-person programming. Additionally, pandemic-related travel restrictions imposed on non-U.S. travelers as well as U.S. and international universities and institutions have caused a significant decline in registrations and hotel reservations to attend in-person.
In light of these challenges, the only way for SfN to mount the kind of cutting-edge scientific meeting with representation across disciplines that our membership expects is in a fully virtual format. Fully virtual Neuroscience 2021 will include a full program with all planned scientific and poster presentations. “We are extremely disappointed we could not continue with an in-person component for Neuroscience 2021,” said SfN President Barry Everitt. “The SfN Council considered all options, and this was not an easy decision. We all know the urgent need for scientific exchange in the field, especially in light of the turmoil of the last several months, and we are planning an exciting and scientifically excellent virtual meeting for all attendees. “While this is not the 50th meeting we had planned and hoped for, I’m confident that this virtual meeting will bring great value to the field and allow us to safely conduct the very necessary business of scientific exchange. With nearly half of speakers indicating they could not travel to present in Chicago, the fully virtual meeting was the only choice to ensure scientific coherence.”
SfN Council understands that cancellation of the in-person experience is frustrating and disappointing for the Neuroscience 2021 registrants who were planning to attend in person. In addition to registration offering access to the entire fully virtual Neuroscience 2021 meeting, with a full scientific program, virtual posters, and networking, all Neuroscience 2021 registrants will receive a 50% discount on 2022 SfN membership as a thank you for their ongoing loyalty and for standing by SfN through the changes, disruptions, and difficulties of the past year. An email with details for redeeming this discount will follow in the coming weeks.
Neuroscience 2021 advance registration rates will be applicable to all Neuroscience 2021 registrations, regardless of registration date. There will be no price increase for anyone wishing to register for the fully virtual Neuroscience 2021. This policy will be retroactive, meaning anyone who paid a higher amount will be refunded the difference automatically. Registration for virtual access will stay open until November 30th, when on-demand access ends.. Registration for Neuroscience 2021 is available here.