The International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA)

ISRA is a professional society of scholars and researchers engaged in the scientific study of aggression and violence. The Society is both interdisciplinary and international, with biennial meetings that alternate between North America and Europe and, most recently, Australia. Members come from several dozen countries with disciplines including anthropology, behavior genetics, criminology, education, ethology and animal behavior, neuroscience, political science, psychiatry, psychology and sociology.  For more information on the society or to become a member please visit www.israsociety.com

About ISRA 2020

COVID-19

A Message about the 2020 ISRA World Meeting – March 20, 2020 [Note: World Meeting dates updated on March 31, 2020]

ISRA’s leadership and the organizing team of the World Meeting have been monitoring the evolving issues related to COVID-19 in Canada and worldwide. Considering the health risks and disruption to the everyday lives of people around the world, we have no choice but to reschedule the 2020 ISRA World Meeting. The purpose of this statement is to provide additional information about what this means and next steps for those who have submitted symposia, papers, or posters for ISRA2020.

What are the dates of the rescheduled World Meeting?

  • The World Meeting will be rescheduled – it is not being cancelled. The 2021 ISRA World Meeting will be held from July 20-23, 2021 in Ottawa, Canada.

The World Meeting will be rescheduled – it is not being cancelled. The 2021 ISRA World Meeting will be held from July 20-23, 2021 in Ottawa, Canada.

I submitted an abstract.  What happens now?

  • On March 15th, the Program Committee had received many submissions for symposia, as well as oral and poster presentations. The Program Committee will review these submissions and issue decisions according to our original timeline.
  • If your presentation is accepted, you can list it on your CV as “accepted for presentation” and plan to present it at the 2021 World Meeting.
  • We recognize that between the time of acceptance and the 2021 World Meeting, the abstract may change (e.g., additional data collected, new interpretations of those data, etc.). We welcome you presenting your original work or an updated version of your work.
  • If you wish to withdraw your submission prior to review, please contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Eric Dubow (edubow@bgsu.edu) by April 1, 2020.
  • ISRA will also re-open the submission portal in early 2021 to accommodate new submissions. The World Meeting website lists the updated submission deadlines.

I applied for the YI Program and/or a Student Travel Award.  What happens now?

  • Student Travel Award applications will not be reviewed until 2021. Some applicants are presently students, but would graduate before the 2021 World Meeting – and thus not meet student status anymore. ISRA will consider these individuals to be students and thus eligible for the Student Travel Award.
  • YI applications that were received by the submission deadline will be held by the Co-Chairs until March 15th, 2021, at which time the review of these applications will commence. If you submitted a YI application, you can contact YI Co-Chair Dominic Parrott (parrott@gsu.edu) to update it.  If you do not update it, your application will be reviewed as submitted.
  • New YI applications will be accepted in early 2021, with a March 15th, 2021, deadline. ISRA will amend the definition of an early stage investigator to include graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty within four years (not three) of their terminal degree.

Please continue to monitor this website, the ISRA Society website, our social media accounts on Twitter (@ISRA_Society, @ISRA20204) and Facebook (@ISRASociety), and messages from the ISRA Executive Secretary for updates.

We recognize that these are unusual times and a challenging time globally and for everyone.  We wish you strength and patience as you cope with this crisis.

Please contact the local organizing team at isra2020@uottawa.ca should you have any questions.

 

OTTAWA

Ottawa is home to Canada’s federal government, national associations, international embassies, and national and international media. It is a G7 capital and one of the safest and cleanest cities in the world.

To learn more about Ottawa see www.ottawatourism.ca.

uOTTAWA

uOttawa is the largest French–English bilingual university in the world, with 10 faculties and 43,000 students registered for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral studies. The University of Ottawa, located in the heart of Ottawa’s tourist area, ranks among the top 10 leading research universities in Canada.

ACCOMODATIONS

We have secured special rates with a number of local hotels. Please click here for details

 

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

The scientific program will include invited speakers, symposia, and poster sessions.

See Call for Submissions below

SOCIAL PROGRAM

The social program will include a welcome wine and cheese reception, sound and light show at Parliament Hill, and a barbeque gala dinner closing reception. An optional dinner cruise on the Ottawa River will be available to participants.

Details

Conference participation

 

Call for Submissions

The full Call for Submissions is now available. ISRA2020 Call for Submissions

Please see below for instructions on preparing your submissions.

The ISRA 2021 submission portal will open in early 2021.

 

Preparing Contributions to the Scientific Program

Symposia (due February 15, 2021)

Submitting a symposium requires the proposer (organizer or “chair”) to organize multiple presentations around a central topic.  Session length will be 90 minutes. Individual presentations will be 20-25 minutes including time for discussion and questions.

In order to participate, the symposium organizer should provide the following information:

  1.     A general abstract of no more than 300 words,
  2.     Names and affiliations of all contributing authors,
  3.     Abstracts for individual presentations (max. 250 words for each presentation)

A symposium should consist of up to five presentations (including discussants).

For individual papers to be considered for a Lagerspetz Award, please tick the appropriate box. Papers can be considered if the first author meets the eligibility criteria (either a student in a terminal degree program or within 2 years of having completed a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D.).

The Program Committee will review submissions. Deadline for the submission of symposia is February 15, 2021. Notifications will be sent to authors by April 15, 2021.

Individual Paper (Oral Presentation) (due March 15, 2021)

This is the “standard form” of contributing to the scientific program. Presentations will be arranged in themed panels assembled by the program committee.  Each presentation will be 20 minutes including time for discussion and questions.

In order to participate, please provide the following information:

  1. An abstract of not more than 250 words,
  2. Names and affiliations of all contributing authors

For individual papers to be considered for a Lagerspetz Award, please tick the appropriate box. Papers can be considered if the first author meets the eligibility criteria (either a student in a terminal degree program or within 2 years of having completed a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D.).

The Program Committee will review abstracts. Deadline for the submission of oral presentations is March 15, 2021. Notifications will be sent to authors by April 15, 2021.

Poster (due March 15, 2021)

To submit a poster, please provide:

  1. An abstract of not more than 250 words
  2. Names and affiliations of all contributing authors

For posters to be considered for a Lagerspetz Award, please tick the appropriate box. Posters can be considered if the first author meets the eligibility criteria (either a student in a terminal degree program or within 2 years of having completed a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D.).

The Program Committee will review all abstracts. Deadline for the submission of posters is March 15, 2021. Notifications will be sent to authors by April 15, 2020.

Note:  Poster boards are 4′ x 4′ (120cm x 120cm) and posters must be attached by push pins only (no tape or stickers).

If you submitted an abstract for ISRA2020

  • On March 15th, the Program Committee had received many submissions for symposia, as well as oral and poster presentations. The Program Committee will review these submissions and issue decisions according to our original timeline.
  • If your presentation is accepted, you can list it on your CV as “accepted for presentation” and plan to present it at the 2021 World Meeting.
  • We recognize that between the time of acceptance and the 2021 World Meeting, the abstract may change (e.g., additional data collected, new interpretations of those data, etc.). We welcome you presenting your original work or an updated version of your work.
  • If you wish to withdraw your submission prior to review, please contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Eric Dubow (edubow@bgsu.edu) by April 1, 2020.
  • ISRA will also re-open the submission portal in early 2021 to accommodate new submissions. We expect the same general timeline to apply, with symposia due in mid-February, oral and poster presentations due in mid-March, and all decisions rendered by mid-April.

Additional information

The ISRA 2021 submission portal will be open for new submissions in early 2021.

World Meeting Registration Fees per Person (Canadian Dollars, $)

With BBQ Gala Dinner Without BBQ Gala Dinner
Type Early Late On-Site Early Late On-Site
Member $450 $510 NA $420 $480 $500
Non-Member $530 $590 NA $500 $560 $590
Student $220 $280 NA $190 $250 $270
Accompanying persons BBQ gala dinner only $75 $95 NA NA NA NA

Early registration now open (reduced fees)

Late registration begins July 1, 2020 (additional fees)

The ISRA 2021 registration portal will open in 2021

Young Investigators Program

ISRA began its YI Program at the 2008 World Meeting in Budapest to encourage and assist young scholars who are getting started or are in the early stages of their aggression research career. The YI program at the July 2020 meeting in Ottawa, Canada, will continue this tradition via a focus on supporting and facilitating the professional development of young aggression scholars. The YI Program will include:

  1. A Pre-Conference YI Workshop (July 19, 2021 – 12pm-4pm): The 2021 Workshop will bring together YIs and group leaders to engage in didactic and group activities designed to support and facilitate YIs professional development and, ultimately, research-based career trajectories. Activities will include a focus on manuscript and grant writing, reviewing and evaluating research, strategies for building a research program, and being competitive on the job market. YIs will be encouraged to read assigned articles prior to the Workshop and submit their own work (e.g., a manuscript or grant proposal in preparation) to be discussed in the Workshop.
  2. Meet with mentors: YIs will meet with a different panel of senior mentors during lunch or dinner each day for informal discussion. Mentors may include plenary speakers who will be available for follow-up questions about their presentations.
  3. Networking: YIs will meet with senior members of ISRA. They will also have opportunities to interact professionally and socially with other young investigators during and outside of the pre-conference workshop. Mutual support and fruitful collaborations have developed out of past YI interactions.
  4. Financial support: Awardees will receive partial monetary support to attend the 2021 ISRA World Meeting

YI PROGRAM APPLICATION: WHO AND HOW (Deadline March 15, 2021)

We encourage graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty within 3 years of their terminal graduate degree to apply. The YI Review Committee selects YI participants based on the originality and promise of their work in human or animal, observational, experimental, or theoretical analyses of aggression.

Please submit the following materials via email to YI Co-Chair Dominic Parrott at parrott@gsu.edu by March 15th, 2021.

  1. The abstract of the scientific work you have submitted for presentation at the ISRA 2010 meeting.    Note: You will submit this abstract twice: (1) A formal submission through the World Meeting submission portal (be sure to check the box to indicate that you wish to be considered for the YI Program), and (2) inclusion of this same abstract as part of your overall YI application materials submitted via email as indicated above.
  2. A standard Curriculum Vitae
  3. A 250-word statement summarizing your research interests and how participating in the YI Program would advance your professional development.
  4. Predoctoral students only: Please include a letter from your advisor verifying your student status.

Direct any questions about the Young Investigators Program to YI Co-Chair Dominic Parrott at parrott@gsu.edu. Interested applicants can find more information about the Young Investigators Program and previous YI’s on the ISRA website and at the Young Investigator’s Corner.

If you applied for the ISRA2020 YI Program:

  • YI applications that were received by the submission deadline will be held by the Co-Chairs until March 15th, 2021, at which time the review of these applications will commence. If you submitted a YI application, you can contact YI Co-Chair Dominic Parrott (parrott@gsu.edu) to update it.  If you do not update it, your application will be reviewed as submitted.
  • New YI applications will be accepted in early 2021, with a March 15th, 2021, deadline. ISRA will amend the definition of an early stage investigator to include graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty within four years (not three) of their terminal degree.

Awards

Students who first author any presentation at the World Meeting can apply for a monetary award to support their travel to the World Meeting.  Applicants must indicate that they wish to be considered for a travel award when they submit their abstract.  A current CV must also be submitted to israpsych@bgsu.edu.

If you applied for the ISRA2020 Student Travel Award:

  • Student Travel Award applications will not be reviewed until 2021. Some applicants are presently students, but would graduate before the 2021 World Meeting – and thus not meet student status anymore. ISRA will consider these individuals to be students and thus eligible for the Student Travel Award.

In honor of Kirsti Lagerspetz, ISRA co-founder and contributor to aggression research, the Lagerspetz awards are given to students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty for excellent presentations at the meeting. No application necessary: Submit an abstract, show up and do your best!

Applicants must indicate that they wish to be considered for the Lagerspetz award when they submit their abstract.

The John Paul Scott award was created in 2006 and is named after John Paul Scott, one of the founders of ISRA, whose research was on aggression in animals, mainly in the 1940s and 1950s. This award recognizes a lifetime or substantial contribution to aggression research.   The recipient will formally receive the award and deliver the Scott Award Address at the World Meeting.

The 2020 Scott Award recipient is Carmen Sandi, Brain Mind Institute; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Carmen Sandi is a Full Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she leads the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics. She did her PhD at the Cajal Institute in Madrid and postdoctoral work in France and the UK. Carmen Sandi is a world leader in the field that connects stress with brain function and behavior and has made seminal contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms whereby stress affects cognition, aggression and psychopathologies. Her lab adopts an integrative research program in rodents and humans, and places a strong emphasis on individual differences. She has received several prizes and distinctions, including being elected inaugural Fellow of the Society for Social Neuroscience (2015), and awardee of the Ron de Kloet Prize for Stress Research (2018). She was director of the EPFL Brain Mind Institute (2012-2018), and is currently co-Director of the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research Synapsy and co-President of the Swiss Stress Network. She was President of the European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS; 2009-2011), and is currently the President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS; 2018-2020).

Previous recipients are the following:

  • Jerry Patterson (2006)
  • Richard Tremblay (2008)
  • Len Berkowitz (2010)
  • Ken Dodge (2012)
  • Rowell Huesmann (2014)
  • John Archer (2016)
  • David Farrington (2018)

Programs

The scientific program of the 2021 World Meeting aims to represent multidisciplinary research on aggressive behavior. The foundation of the scientific program will include oral paper presentations, poster sessions, and invited talks. The World Meeting will also include a pre-conference workshop for young investigators from all around the world; a presidential symposium; the Scott Award Address; our plenary distinguished keynote speakers to discuss their varied perspectives and different levels of analyses in the study of aggression; networking opportunities; and a meeting of members. We invite you to register for the World Meeting and submit abstracts for symposia, oral presentations, and/or poster presentations on the World Meeting registration and submission portal that will open early 2021.

 

Plenary Speakers include

  • Dr. Brad J. Bushman
  • Dr. Wendy Craig
  • Dr. Ute Habel
  • Dr. Gary Slutkin

The scientific program will feature two invited symposia

  • Collective violence
  • Bullying research in Canada

Details to come!

Sponsored by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Ottawa, Public Safety Canada, and Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network

The social program will include a welcome wine and cheese reception, cocktail hour, sound and light show at Parliament Hill, and a barbeque gala dinner closing reception.

An optional dinner cruise on the Ottawa River is also available to participants.

To learn more about what to do while in Ottawa see www.ottawatourism.ca.

As an ISRA2021 conference attendee you will be entitled to Ottawa Tourism’s Flash Your Badge program where you will receive discounts at restaurants and attractions.

How to get here and where to stay

Find out more!

Ottawa has a number of options from hostels to 5 star hotels with a wide range of prices- all within a 20 minute walk of Ottawa University.  *Rates may be updated to reflect 2021 pricing*

ISRA Negotiated rates, per night

Ottawa University Residence

  • $120 per night (up to 4 people per room)
  • On campus
    • 90U – 5min, 400m
    • Rideau – 13 min walk, 1km
  • Use code ISRA2020 
  • Please contact guest services for accessible rooms, questions, or to add an individual to your room 1-888-564-4545
  • cutoff date June 8

Lord Elgin

Les Suites

Novotel

Courtyard Marriott Ottawa Downtown

The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel

  • $209 per night
  • 32 min walk, 2.4 km
  • Cse corporate code ISRA2020

Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites

  • $189
  • 26 min walk, 2.0 km
  • Call (800) 465 7275 or (613) 567 7275
    • Ask for the ISRA2020 Corporate Rate

Quoted rates do not include taxes or additional fees, limited rooms per hotel

Ottawa airport

The closest airport is Ottawa International Airport

Transportation within Ottawa

Airport taxi – $28-37

Airport Uber – $21-27

Bus OC Transpo – $3.50/ride (with 1.5hr transfer); $10.50 day pass; 3, 5, and 7 day passes can be  purchased from ticket machines

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