Virtual Meeting Engagement

Virtual Conferences cannot replace the engagement of an in-person conference, however, we want to ensure you get the most out of vSNE.  Below are a number of ways, in addition to the virtual platform, where you can engage with other attendees.

Throughout the Meeting


Connect with others and discuss the Meeting @SocforNeuroecon with #vSNE2020 is a video-calling experience designed to help people gather online. Create your avatar, use a video-calling interface, search for specific attendees or just wander around the 2D style space and walk in and out of conversations, just as you would in real life.  As you move around the space with your keyboard arrows, the webcam video and microphone audio of the other people in the room increases or fades based on your distance to them mimicking walking the hallways at a conference.

This space will be set up for use throughout the Meeting but with larger capacity during the poster session times, networking event and social hour.  You will have the opportunity to experience the platform ahead of time so that you are comfortable using and navigating the space during the Meeting.

Gather.Town is ONLY supported by Chrome and Firefox.

The space is available starting Friday October 2nd so feel free to check it out ahead of time.  Gather Town is accessible on a 24h basis from that time to the end of vSNE and we will congregate there during the Poster Sessions and Social Hour.  Feel free to use the space at anytime to organize small meetings or just to hang out, run into friends or meet strangers. 

A few reminders and tips:

  • The room uses a whitelist connected to your registration email address.
  • When you steer your avatar close to a person, you will automatically be connected with them via video chat.
  • To locate someone, use the search function in the ‘Participants’ box on the right, click on the person, and then click on ‘locate’.
  • Also note the toolbar at the lower left which has some useful functions and settings.
  • In addition to video chat, Gather Town can also be used to send private text messages. There is also a global chat for broadcasting messages to everyone. Use it sparingly.
  • If you are a senior researcher, please be approachable to colleagues and particularly early career researchers and students.
  • If you are an early career researcher or student, please don’t hesitate to politely approach more senior colleagues.
  • Please remember that so long as the is open in a tab in your web browser, you are streaming your video and sound.
  • If you encounter A/V issues, get some guidance here If the linked content does not address your issue, then email your issue to


Poster Session on Gather.Town

We understand that a virtual platform reduces the opportunity to have those chance encounters and hallway chats that often take place at an in-person event. We’d therefore like to try something new for vSNE by adding as a means of facilitating face to face interaction, during the poster sessions. To find out who is online during any of the three poster sessions, simply click on a link (provided closer to vSNE), to enter the space. For instructions on how operates please download these basic instructions.


Presenting authors are kindly asked to attend their respective live poster sessions and locate themselves in their respective poster hall, so that they can answer potential questions by other participants.

Networking Event
October 7, 11:45am – 12:45pm PDT

We will organize a networking session where attendees will have the opportunity to meet for 5 minutes with PIs, Funding Officers and/or Journal Editors.  You can sign up for these opportunities when you register for the Meeting (fill out that section in the registration form itself).

We will do our best to ensure that all participants have at least 3 virtual meetings but the number of meetings each person will depend on how many people participate.  Attendees that register earlier will have higher priority if the number of participants is large.

Participating Funding Officers

Adriana Cristoiu, European Research Council Executive
Research Programme Agent
Panel Co-ordinator SH1 panels (Economics, Finance, Management)

Adriana Cristoiu serves the scientific community as the coordinator of the economics, finance and management panel, one of the several expert panels of the European Research Council Executive Agency ( ). Her work relates to the evaluation of proposals –the stage that involves the international experts¬ who reunite to discuss and decide on the funding of projects– and to the scientific follow-up of granted projects during their implementation phase. She is also involved in dissemination activities about the range of funding opportunities at the ERC, the specificities of the application, evaluation and monitoring processes.

Robert (Bob) O’Connor, National Science Foundation Program Director
Decision, Risk and Management Sciences
Division of Social and Economic Sciences
Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate

Vani Pariyadath, National Institute on Drug Abuse | National Institutes of Health Chief
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Branch
Division of Neuroscience and Behavior

Luke Stoeckel, National Institute on Aging
Program Director
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR)

Luke Stoeckel, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroscientist. He directs the Mechanistic and Translational Decision Science in Aging Research Program in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Dr. Stoeckel’s portfolio includes research in affective, reward/motivation, social, and decision neuroscience of aging; as well as fundamental and translational research on neuropsychological and behavioral phenotypes and mechanisms of behavior change relevant to both normal aging and Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD).


Participating Journal Editors

Patricia Bauer, Psychological Science

Christina Konen, Neuron
Senior Editor

Christina received her PhD on the encoding of eye movements in humans and non-human primates. She was a postoc at Princeton University under the supervision of Sabine Kastner where they investigated the topographical organization and functional characterization of the posterior parietal and frontal cortex. She became an Editor at Neuron in 2012.

Mary Elizabeth  Sutherland, Nature
Senior Editor

Mary Elizabeth is a senior editor at Nature where she handles papers whose topics span the behavioral sciences. Initially trained in cognitive neuropsychology at McGill, she continued integrating neuroscience and psychology in her postdoc at the Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile. She then spent a brief stint as a professor at that same institution before moving to an editorial position at Nature Communications. After two years, she joined the editorial team at Nature Human Behaviour; she moved to Nature a year ago to take over a new editorial position for the behavioural sciences on Nature’s biological sciences team. In this role, she publishes cutting edge research in psychology, cognitive science, sociology, computational social sciences, education, among others, and works with these various communities to uphold a high standard of scientific rigor.


Maureen (Mimi) Morrin, Journal of Marketing Research

Dr. Morrin is the Henry Rutgers Professor of Marketing at Rutgers University School of Business in Camden, NJ, USA. Her research focuses on examining how the human senses impact the consumer decision-making process. She currently serves as Co-Editor of the Journal of Marketing Research and has served on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Journal of Consumer Research and as Area Editor at the Journal of Consumer Psychology.


Participating Principal Investigators

Information to come.