The IMBES Board has decided to cancel the 2020 IMBES/EARLI Sig22 conference in Montreal. Given the challenges and uncertainties facing the world currently with regard to COVID-19, it seems that this is the best option at this time. Nevertheless, there is also good news--we have been able to arrange to hold IMBES in Montreal at the same hotel, June 16-18 2022. We hope that you will be able to attend – please mark your calendars and save the date!


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Dr. Kurt Fischer (1943 - 2020)

IMBES regrets to pass on the sad news of Dr. Kurt Fischer’s passing. Kurt was the co-founder of IMBES and the organization’s inaugural president. He launched the MBE journal, the first journal focused exclusively on the emerging field relating biology and cognitive science with education, and served as its first editor-in-chief. Until his retirement in 2015, he was the Charles Bigelow Professor of Education and the director of the Mind, Brain and Education Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was a giant and a visionary whose work and thinking were instrumental to the launching of our interdisciplinary field. The legacy of his work lives on in ours. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. To read other tributes to Kurt or to leave your own comments, please click the button below:

Dr. Kurt Fischer Tributes

7th Biennial IMBES Conference

A joint meeting with EARLI SIG 22

June 16th-18th, 2022!
Hôtel Delta Montréal by Marriott
Montreal, Canada

Mind, Brain and Education (MBE)
  • the official journal of IMBES
  • publishes multidisciplinary original research, reviews and commentaries that may touch upon all three disciplines, or a combination of Mind and Education or Brain and Education.
  • first decision of approximately 44 days, and an editorial board of junior and senior investigators
  • MBE is an important component of our society that strives to attract research excellence and innovation from our membership.
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