2018 IMBES Conference

Plan now to attend our 2018 conference in Los Angeles, California from September 27-29th. It will be a great time of networking, professional development, and presentations of new, exciting research and information.

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Keynote Speakers 


Sasha Barab is an internationally recognized Learning Scientist who has researched, designed, and published extensively on the challenges and opportunities of using innovation for impact, with a particular focus on the power of games. He is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Games and Impact. His research has resulted in numerous grants, over 100 published manuscripts, and multiple game-based innovations that have been engaged by over 200,000 players to support learning and transformation. His current work extends the design boundaries from the bits and bytes of the game world to complex real-world ecosystems with the goal of helping all learners thrive in a complex, rapidly changing, digitally connected world. One recent project, My Lifelabs, is based on an invite, enable, and release learning methodology and focused on cultivating growth and impact journeys so that more people can realize their potential. Across all work is a sensitivity to factors such as ecosystem integration, stakeholder alignment, enacted agency, and achieving sustainable and scalable outcomes. 


Ellen Bialystok is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Walter Gordon Research Chair of Lifespan Cognitive Development at York University, and Associate Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Her research uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine the effect of experience on cognitive processes across the lifespan. The primary experience studied is bilingualism, and she has discovered significant effects of bilingualism at all ages, including postponement of systems of dementia in older adults. Among her awards are the Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science Hebb Award (2011), Killam Prize for the Social Sciences (2010), York University President’s Research Award of Merit (2009), Donald T. Stuss Award for Research Excellence at the Baycrest Geriatric Centre (2005), Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research (2002), Killam Research Fellowship (2001), and the Walter Gordon Research Fellowship (1999). In 2016, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2017 she was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo for her contributions to research.


Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University where she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign.

Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of its awards for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Lifetime Achievement, and Research-to-Policy. She is also a member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education. From 1994–2001, she was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education in that decade. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy. In 2008, she served as the leader of President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team.

Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher and co-founded both a preschool and a public high school. She served as Director of the RAND Corporation’s education program and as an endowed professor at Columbia University, Teachers College. She has consulted widely with federal, state and local officials and educators on strategies for improving education policies and practices. Among her more than 500 publications are a number of award-winning books, including The Right to Learn, Teaching as the Learning Profession, Preparing Teachers for a Changing World and The Flat World and Education. She received an Ed.D. from Temple University (with highest distinction) and a B.A. from Yale University (magna cum laude).


Dr. Sarah Enos Watamura is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver where she directs the Child Health & Development Lab and co-directs the Stress, Early Experience and Development (SEED) Research Center. After training with Megan Gunnar, PhD, at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, she received her PhD from the Department of Human Development at Cornell University in 2005. She has longstanding interests in children¹s physiologic regulation, their development within caregiving contexts, and in understanding mechanisms and trajectories from early life experiences to later physical health, mental health, cognitive/educational, and socio-emotional outcomes. Her work focuses on the role of adverse, protective and promotive factors in families experiencing poverty and among newly immigrated and refugee families, and includes testing promising intervention approaches. 

Terry Jernigan is Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, and Radiology and Director, Center for Human Development at UC San Diego. For over 30 years she has studied the human brain using noninvasive imaging. This work has focused on brain development and aging, neurodevelopmental disorders, neuropsychiatric and substance use disorders, and neurodegenerative disorders. For the last fifteen years her central research interest has been the developing human mind and brain, with a focus on the dynamic neurodevelopmental processes that give rise to human individuality – and on how these processes are impacted by experience, genetic variation, substance exposure, and other factors. She is Co-Director of the Coordinating Center for the national Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. She also serves on the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health, and on the scientific advisory boards of several research organizations in the United States and Europe.

Registration Fees - Early Bird Extended until June 29, 2018!

Registration Early Bird Until June 29, 2018 After June 29, 2018
IMBES Member $330 $380
Non-member $390 $440
IMBES Trainee* Member $285 $340
Trainee* Non-member $350 $395
*"Trainee" refers to pre-service teachers, post doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates.

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Accommodations at the Radisson at USC

  1. Name of the event is under "International Mind, Brain and Education Society Group"
  2. Reservations can be made online at https://www.radisson.com/los-angeles-hotel-ca-90007/cafiguer by using the personal access code "MINDBE" under the “MORE SERACH OPTIONS” or through our central reservation by calling 800.333.3333.
  3. Payment: Individuals will pay on own for all charges
  4. Parking available at $25 per night, all guest pay on own for parking
  5. Last day to make reservations under the groups discounted rate is September, 12th 2018
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