BCI Meeting

Postponement

9th International BCI Meeting
June 7 – 10, 2022
Sonian Forest, Brussels, Belgium

Dear BCI Society Members and Colleagues,

This is my first official communication to the Society as President and I wish that I was writing with more positive news. The Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the International BCI Meeting that was scheduled for June 7-10, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium to the summer of 2023. As you all know, COVID-19 continues to introduce uncertainty into our daily life. Planning an international meeting as a new Society during this time comes with significant financial risk that our Society cannot bear. While we are very disappointed to cancel the meeting, we hope that this short-term delay is outweighed by the long-term benefit of having a healthy and engaged BCI Society.

We recognize that the cancellation of in-person meetings has had detrimental effects for everyone, but particularly for early career researchers and trainees. The Board and Scientific Program Committee are actively planning ways to keep Society members connected and work towards our mission of promoting BCI research and fostering collaboration in our community. We will be seeking your input soon on the best ways to do this.

This past year and half has taught us all about the importance of flexibility and resilience and I am optimistic for the future of the BCI Society. I have been so encouraged to see our members leading and participating in initiatives that have launched during this time- BCI Thursdays seminar series, early career research awards, trainee collaboration projects, and the BCI Society newsletter to name a few. Thank you all for your participation and your patience as we navigate these difficulty times. Stay tuned for more information about BCI activities for 2022 and please reach out with any questions or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Jen Collinger
BCI Society President on behalf of the BCI Society Board and Scientific Program Committee

Scientific Program Committee:
Mariska Vansteensel, Vice-President
Marc Slutzky, Committee Co-Chair
Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Committee Co-Chair

    BCI Society Code of Conduct

     The BCI Society Code of Conduct listed below reflects our Society’s values and our expectations for Society members and guests. This Code of Conduct is in effect while at the International BCI Meetings and any social event linked to the BCI Society.

    Conduct should be free of biases regarding race, cultural background, religion (or lack thereof), country of origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, or other individual characteristics or expression. No harassment will be tolerated.

    Discussions should be respectful, civil, professional, and constructive reflecting tolerance for disagreements and recognition of opportunities to learn from each other.

    BCI Society has zero tolerance for sexual harassment including: any verbal or physical behavior that reflects unwelcome sexual advances, or behaving in any way that another individual feels impinges on their boundaries.

    If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please report it to us immediately. We value your attendance, and will make every effort to ensure that you feel safe and welcome for the full duration of the Meeting. 

    You can make a report by directly emailing Jennifer Collinger, President and Mariska Vansteensel, Vice-President codeofconduct@bcisociety.org.

    BCI Society Policy on Photography, Filming and Recording

    By your presence at the International BCI Meeting, June 7 – 10, 2022 you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use for any purpose in accordance with the BCI Society mission and standard of conduct.  This consent will apply to use of your appearance, voice, and name in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity.   

    Please note that virtual meetings and webinars are recorded. You are welcome to keep your camera OFF during these events and to NOT use a personal profile picture, if you so choose. But you, and not the BCI Society, is responsible for these setting options.

    You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by attending vBCI.

    If you do not agree with the above, you will not be able to attend vBCI. By registering and real participation in the conference, you expressly agree to the foregoing.