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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Young Researcher Award

Dr Leor Zmigrod
University of Cambridge

Dr Leor Zmigrod is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research harnesses experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to investigate the neurocognitive traits that underpin ideological dogmatism and extremism.

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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.


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

Account holder: ASSZISZTENCIA Kft.
Account number IBAN: HU18 1040 1000 5051 5048 5750 1013
Bic or SWIFT code: OKHBHUHB with
K&H Bank ZRt. (Lechner Ödön fasor 9., H-1095 Budapest, Hungary)

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

Indicated schedule times are on CEST (GMT +2)

21 June, Monday

CEST (GMT +2) Channel 1
10:00-11:00 Satellite 1/1

22 June, Tuesday

CEST (GMT +2) Channel 1 Channel 2
10:00-11:00 Satellite 2
13:00-14:00 Satellite 1/ 2

23 June, Wednesday

CEST (GMT +2) Channel 1 Channel 2
09:50-10:00 Opening
Keynote lecture by Prof. Catherine Tallon-Baudry
10:50-11:00 Break
Cognitive fatigue in the brain and body: A multi-method approach
The neural mechanisms underpinning joint action
12:20-12:50 Break
The social cerebellum and its role in interaction sequences
Cortical and subcortical inhibition systems: Overlap and/ or interaction?
14:00-14:15 Break
Poster session Wednesday
16:15-16:30 Break
Who doesn’t like to be touched? Social and biological factors influencing affective touch perception
Person perception as a function of attention, emotion and learning history: Recent findings from electrophysiology
17:50-18:05 Break
The critical role of the right temporo-parietal junction for adaptive social functioning
Neurobiological underpinnings of event representations

24 June, Thursday

CEST (GMT +2) Channel 1 Channel 2
Keynote lecture by Prof. Philippe Schyns
10:50-11:00 Break
Social motivation and beliefs in health and psychopathology
Neurocognitive mechanisms in emotional vulnerability and resilience: Implications for intervention and treatment
12:20-12:50 Break
The neurobiological basis of naturalistic social interactions
Features of the cognitive development of the students with different levels of intelligence
14:00-14:15 Break
Poster session Thursday
16:15-16:30 Break
What do you desire? Multiple facets of motivation in social decision-making
‘Better safe than sorry’. An overview on safety learning and its consequences when impaired.
17:50-18:05 Break
Enhancing replicability: standardising and optimising measurement in behavioural research
Using data-driven approaches to reveal the structure of emotion
19:15-19:40 Break
Lecture by Leor Zmigrod (recepient of the 2020 Young Researcher Award of ESCAN)

25 June, Friday

CEST (GMT +2) Channel 1 Channel 2
Keynote lecture by Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory
10:50-11:00 Break
Neural and hormonal mechanisms of social exclusion and social isolation
When memories become intrusive: How adversity affects context learning, coherence and memory control
12:20-12:50 Break
Feeling Me, Feeling You: from Bodily Self-Consciousness to Social Interactions
Action-related sensory predictions
14:00-14:15 Break
Poster session Friday
16:15-16:30 Break
When stimulation of the skin reaches the vagus: current evidence for autonomic and noradrenergic biomarkers
Neurocognitive Perspectives on Political Polarization
17:40-18:00 Break
18:00-18:50 General Assembly
18:50-19:00 Break
19:00-20:00 Social evening

26 June, Saturday

CEST (GMT +2) Channel 1 Channel 2
Characterizing bodily self-awareness from touch to action
Integrating multiple sources of information about other people: behavioral, physiological and neural mechanisms
11:20-11:35 Break
Dynamics of metacontrol: balancing flexibility and persistence
12:45-12:55 Closing

Satellite Symposia

Satellite symposium 1 Satellite symposium 2

Psychophysiological modelling workshop
Chairs: Dominik Bach (University College London)

21 June, 2021 10-18:00 (CET)
22 June, 2021 13-18:00 (CET) optional practical sessions with flexible timing

Maximum participants: 80

Registration fee: 10 EUR
(registration is possible with ESCAN conference registration only)

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 in smaller groups. 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.

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

22 June, 2021 10-16:00 (CET)

The symposium is submitted and will be chaired by
Claus Lamm, University of Vienna, and
Lasana Harris, University College London

We will have invited talks, by experienced PIs in the field. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion, to increase interaction and exchange between speakers, chairs, and attendees. Talks will be 20/25 min + 5/10 min discussion (used at discretion of speakers)

Maximum participants: 80

Registration fee: 10 EUR
(registration is possible with ESCAN conference registration only)


09:45 Virtual Meeting Opens
09:55-10:00 Opening remarks (Lamm, Harris)


Environment and Brain
10:00 Simone Kuhn, Max Planck Berlin
10:30 Benedikt Langenbach, University of Bern & Klinikum Essen
11:00 Damien Brevers, University of Luxembourg




Biased Communication and Media
Manos Tsakiris, Royal Holloway University

12:30 Virtual interactive Lunch break


Prosociality: Aging, and Stress
13:00 Patricia Lockwood, University of Oxford, University of Birmingham
13:30 Paul Forbes, University of Vienna


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




Moderators: Chairs Lamm and Harris;
Panel: all speakers

Information for Presenters

All authors of accepted oral presentations / posters are required to create a pre-recorded video / PDF of their accepted oral presentation / poster.

    The authors are free to decide whether to submit
  • a mp4 video presentation of max. 12 mins, OR
  • a PDF poster with an optional mp4 video of max. 3 mins

Both videos and posters will be available on the virtual event platform in a poster gallery from the opening of the platform in June until the end of August.

    Please ensure you
  1. register to the event by as soon as possible (please note that early registration fees apply until 20 April), and
  2. finalize and upload your video/poster by 6 June 2021.


The e-poster must be a one page PDF file. Please do not upload Powerpoint or other files.

  • All eposters should have one page only, in landscape.
  • To assure the best quality of your ePoster, we recommend that the .pdf file has the size of an A0 sheet (1189mm x 841 mm or 46.81 × 33.11 inches). In case you are using Photoshop to create your eposter, you can also see its resolution, which should be a minimum of 200dpi.
  • Hyperlinks, animated images, animations and videos are not permitted for eposters.
  • QR Codes can be included.
  • Always compress your pdf online before uploading. Maximum file size for uploading is 10MB

Some tips on how to create a better research poster in less time, can be found here.
Here is a short info on how to prepare your (paper or virtual) poster.

Please be sure the e-poster includes the title of the paper, the authors, and a reference to ESCAN2021.

There are multiple ways to create an excellent quality recording.

I. Any conferencing tool can record your lecture:

II. You can use Power Point as well for this purpose:

  1. Create a Voice Over Power point file
  2. Convert it to MP4 with MS PowerPoint - use the lowest resolution
  3. Finally compress your MP4 video file to reduce the file size with up to 80% without losing quality

Tip: it results a better visual experince for the participants if they can see the presenter on the recording.

If you record a webcam picture, make sure you position your camera correctly and you take care of appropriate lighting.

Please be sure the video includes the title of the paper, the authors, and a reference to ESCAN2021.


  • File size: 80MB max - always compress your MP4 file, see above!
  • Video file format: mp4
  • Bitrate: max 1 mbps - To check the bit rate, right click on the file name, click on properties, go to the details tab, and look for total bitrate.
  • Resolution: maximum 720p HD
  • Dimensions: Minimum height 480 pixels, aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Please be sure the video includes the title of the paper, the authors, your disclosure and a mention to ESCAN2021. Please add your disclosure as the first slide even if you have nothing to disclose.


  1. Use as quiet an area as possible
  2. Avoid areas that have echo
    • Rooms should be fairly small
    • Sound dampening with carpeting, curtains, furniture
  3. Good headset with microphone close to mouth BUT away from direct line of mouth to reduce "pops".  Avoid using default built-in microphone on computer.
  4. Do a test recording of a couple of minutes and review the sound and picture quality, MP4 format, and bit rate before recording the entire presentation. Make adjustments if needed.


  1. You will receive a unique upload link by 15 April 2021. Please check your spam folder first as our message might have landed there. Click on the upload link.
  2. Upload your MP4 presentation or PDF poster (the system will allow you to upload one file only for each abstract).

Important note for PDF poster submitters: if you intend to submit a PDF poster with a short video, please upload your PDF only. Should you wish to upload an additional short video please wait for further instructions.

If you have any issues with uploading your presentation, please contact info@escan2021.eu
As a reminder, videos/posters that are not received by the deadline will be considered no-shows.

Please note the final specifications will be checked at the time of submission and files not compliant may not be uploaded.

We look forward to making ESCAN2021 a success within this virtual conference format. We thank you for your cooperation in this endeavor.

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


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