Almost 70 years have passed since Bowlby’s first observations leading to the formulation of attachment theory. This virtual conference workshop aims at discussing what has happened over the last 70 years in attachment theory and research – with a special focus on social neuroscience – and to formulate major future avenues in the light of current debates within the field.
We are pleased to invite you to our virtual conference workshop with the title “70 Years of Attachment Research: A Multidisciplinary Social Neuroscience Perspective”.
The workshop is part of ongoing activities of the Special Interest Research Group (SIRG) on The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment (SoNeAt) as part of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS), co-hosted by SoNeAt coordinating board president Pascal Vrtička (University of Essex, UK). It is being organised in cooperation with Tsachi Ein-Dor (IDC Herzliya, Israel), PI of a new longitudinal and multidisciplinary venture called Project Alpha, investigating the genetic and epigenetic underpinnings of psychological development, comprising parent-child attachment.
The conference workshop will be held over zoom and organised within the time zones of British Summer Time (BST, UTC +1) and Israel Daylight Time (IDT, UTC +3).
In our workshop, we are bringing together experts from various fields of attachment around the globe, providing insights into the last 70 years of theory development and research, with a special focus on social neuroscience.
Experts will present keynotes with time for interaction with the audience and one additional hour at the end of each workshop day will be dedicated to virtual socialising.
Furthermore, we would like to invite ECRs to present short virtual posters on new and emerging research questions showing where the field is currently heading. The virtual workshop is open to a wider audience without the need for presenting.
For timely information, please follow the SIRG SoNeAt on Twitter (@SIRG_SoNeAt). Information pertaining to the virtual workshop will be marked by #SoNeAt_Workshop2020.
Please submit your abstract by email as a single PDF. The abstract should contain:
At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop.
The call is open to any contributions within the field of attachment, illustrating advances in theory and/or research over the last 70 years.
At the same time, we are particularly encouraging contributions within a multi-modal and multi-level social neuroscience context (i.e. genes/epigenetics, cellular mechanisms, hormonal pathways, brain activation and anatomy, psychological processes; both within and between individuals).
All posters will be presented virtually (via zoom) and shall last 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions from the audience. Anticipated poster presentation time is between 11:45 and 13:00 BST (UTC +1). If the presentation window may pose problems to presenters of accepted posters, alternative means of presentation (e.g. pre-recordings) may be considered.
Abstracts of all accepted posters will be published on the workshop website. If agreed upon by presenters, the presentation recordings may also be uploaded.
Registration will be free of charge for accepted poster presenters (presenting authors only). For all remaining attendants, the following fees will apply:
To register, please email with your name and academic affiliation or information about your profession as well as SEAS membership status.
Upon acceptance, you will receive a link to the payment website, if applicable. Once payment has been processed, you will receive the zoom meeting link. Please keep this link confidential to prevent undesired interruption during the workshop.
ProfessorFaculty of Medicine, University of Calgary (Canada)
Talk title: DNA methylation in early infancy associates with later attachment organisation and security.