Past meetings

The first Australasian Social Neuroscience Meeting was organised by Sarah Whittle, Nik Allen, Christopher Davey, Yoshihisia Kashima, Luke Smillie, Izelle Labuschagne and Cali Francine Bartholomeusz at the Melbourne Brain Institute on the 5th and 6th of March 2014. For an overview of the 2014 program click HERE. This meeting was a great success with 200 people attending the inaugural meeting. It was then decided to organise an annual meeting from then onward at a different location in the Australasian region. In 2015, the second Australasian Social Neuroscience Meeting took place on the 4th and 5th of June at the University of Queensland in the Queensland Brain Institute. The event was co-organised by Pascal Molenberghs and Eric Vanman. For the 2015 program click HERE. In 2016, Skye McDonald, Margaret Eagers (PCO), Cynthia Honan, Michelle Kelly, Fiona Kumfor, Steve Most, Olivier Piquet, Jacqueline Rushby and Branka Spehar organized the 3rd Annual meeting (now called Australasian Social and Affective Neuroscience Meeting) in Sydney on the 23rd and 24th of June 2016. For the 2016 program click HERE. The 2017 AS4SAN conference was organized by Emiko Kashima, Pascal Molenberghs, Bernadette Fitzgibbon, Sarah Whittle and Emma Burrows on the 15th and 16th of June in Melbourne at the Melbourne Brain Centre. For the 2017 program click HERE.  In 2018, the conference will take place in Brisbane and will be organised by David Shum & Maryam Ziaei. The aim is to foster Social and Affective Neuroscience research in the Australasian region and beyond.

Formation of an official society

On 23rd September 2015 the Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (AS4SAN) was officially recognised as an incorporated association. You can see the rules of the society HERE. Original members included Pascal Molenberghs (President), Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Vice-President), Sarah Whittle (Treasurer), Michelle Kelly (Secretary), Fiona Kumfor (Media), Emma Burrows (Awards), David Andrewes (External Relations) and Julie Henry (Student-coordinator). At the same time, the founding committee members updated the name of the society, to recognise the inclusion of affective neuroscience research. The first annual general meeting was held on the 26th of June, 2016. Minutes from the meeting can be found HERE. The second annual general meeting was held on the 16th of June, 2017. Minutes from the meeting can be found HERE. The current committee members are:

President: Fiona Kumfor (Sydney University) 

Vice-President: Michelle Kelly (The University of Newcastle)

Treasurer: Sarah Whittle (The University of Melbourne) 

Secretary: Lincoln Tracy (Monash University)


Maryam Ziaei (The University of Queensland)

Pascal Molenberghs (Monash University)

Femke Buisman-Pijlman (The University of Adelaide)

Juan Dominguez (Monash University) 

Despina Ganella (The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health)

Sally Grace (Swinburne University)

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Monash University)

Alumni committee members:

Emma Burrows (The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health)

Hannah Rosenberg (University of New South Wales / Eastern suburbs Child Psychology)

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Monash University)

David Andrewes (The University of Melbourne)

Julie Henry (The University of Queensland)

Guy Prochilo (Monash University)

Linda Campbell (The University of Newcastle)

 © 2014 Australasian Social and Affective Neuroscience Society