The Social Neuroscience of Relationships, Attachment & Caregiving (#SNRAC2023)

Two-Day Hybrid Conference (August 14-15, 2023)


Prof Tsachi Ein-Dor and Dr Pascal Vrticka are very pleased to announce a two-day hybrid conference on the topic of The Social Neuroscience of Relationships, Attachment and Caregiving that will take place at the University of Essex in Colchester (UK) on August 14-15, 2023 (and online).

Since 2020, Prof Ein-Dor and Dr Vrticka – always in association with SIRG SoNeAt within the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS) – have successfully organised & hosted a conference every year. While the first two editions in 2020 and 2021 were entirely online, the 2022 edition took place in-person and remote in a hybrid format. The list of expert speakers who already participated and topics covered is long and comprehensive. But we can do more!

Please join us for the 2023 conference edition with 8 confirmed expert keynote speakers as well as lots of room for early career researcher talks and poster presentations – including talk and poster prizes.


Preliminary Program (see also here)

Each of the two conference days will feature four keynotes on central issues within the social neuroscience of relationships, attachment & caregiving by well-known expert speakers within the field. Topics will include most recent theory and research as part of the two neuroanatomical models of organised and disorganised human attachment (NAMA & NAMDA), the maternal brain, homeostasis, allostasis & co-regulation, genetics & epigenetics, oxytocin and social touch.

Keynote Speakers:

Pascal Vrticka
University of Essex, UK

Lars White
University of Leipzig, Germany

Shir Atzil
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Jodi Pawluski
Irset, UMR_S 1085, Rennes, France

Tsachi Ein-Dor
Reichman University, Herzliya, Israel

Patricia Pelufo Silveira
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Katie Daughters
University of Essex, UK

Rebecca Böhme
Linköping University, Sweden

After a well-deserved lunch break, each day’s keynote speakers will be present for a panel discussion to engage in a dialogue with one another as well as the audience.

Each conference day will then feature dedicated early career researcher sessions consisting of short talks as well as a poster session. We are very happy to be able to provide prizes for both the best short talk and poster presentation.

Preliminary Program in a Nutshell (all times are UK times):
09:00 – 12:30 Keynotes including a 30-minute break
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 17:00 Panel Discussion and Early Career Researcher Talk & Poster Sessions

All keynote speakers will be present in person. Conference attendance is possible both in person and remotely. Please be advised that early career researcher presentations can only be remote in the case of short talks. However, posters can nonetheless be submitted remotely and will be uploaded to a dedicated online conference repository.

Keynotes will be recorded and made available to conference attendees in a dedicated online conference repository for extended and asynchronous viewing.

Registration & Abstract Submission (see also here)

Conference participation as a listener only (in person and remote) as well as with abstract submission for oral (in person and remote) and poster (in person only) presentations is possible.

Abstracts should include original work (already obtained data, projects being currently carried out or in preparation) within the scope of the conference topic and ideally comprise at least one social neuroscience method (i.e., physiology, endocrinology, brain activation & synchrony), although behavioural data is also going to be considered.

Registration and Abstract Submission are now open. Deadline for abstract submission is June 15, 2023. A selection committee will then evaluate all submissions and decisions will be sent out by June 30, 2023.

Travel & Accommodation (see also here)

The conference will take place at the University of Essex in Colchester, UK. Colchester can be easily reached by public transport from London.

Please check the dedicated accommodation page for more information regarding affordable on-campus accommodation (information will be made available as soon as possible).

Contact Form

Please use the contact form to get in touch with SIRG SoNeAt in case of any questions or inquiries. Thank you.