Navigating Mind, Brain, and Education: A Preconference for Aspiring Leaders.

Join us for a daylong IMBES Preconference in Los Angeles, California on September 27, 2018.

The IMBES leadership and the Jacobs Foundation welcome all IMBES Trainees (e.g., pre-service teachers; recent graduates across research, policy, and practice; postdocs; graduate students; undergraduates) to join us for a daylong preconference about MBE career trajectories, strategies to communicate interdisciplinary research to various audiences, exemplary MBE work conducted by trainees, and the unique opportunities and challenges for MBE trainees. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with senior scholars and other trainees.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.


Thanks to the support of the Jacobs Foundation, the preconference is free for all attendees. Attendees must be trainees who engage in research and/or practice and/or policy across the biological and social/behavioral sciences. Registration is limited, so register early to guarantee your spot!

Please note that registration for the main IMBES conference is required and must be completed first. The email confirmation for the main conference registration contains a link to the preconference registration form. If you have any questions about preconference registration, please email the Trainee Board at


Please see our awards page for details on how to apply for our research award, policy and practice award, and international travel award. All awards come with monetary prizes and other perks.


7:30 am 9:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am 9:00 am Introductory Remarks
9:00 am 9:45 am Presentations by Policy & Practice Award Winners
9:45 am 10:00 am Break
10:00 am 11:15 am Career Panel
11:15 am 11:45 am Career Breakout Session
11:45 am 1:05 pm Lunch with Leaders (Lunch provided)
1:05 pm 1:50 pm Peer Membership Session
1:50 pm 3:20 pm Writing Workshop
3:20 pm 3:50 pm Snack Break (Snacks provided)
3:50 pm 4:35 pm Presentations by Research Award Winners
4:35 pm 4:50 pm Closing Remarks
6:45 pm Networking reception at The Lab Gastropub (Snacks provided)

Location and Travel

The preconference will be held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. We encourage attendees to check the main conference page for lodging and travel recommendations, as they become available.


Stay tuned for a description of our career panelists, lunch with IMBES leaders, and writing workshop hosts.

For More Information

Learn more about the Trainee Board and follow IMBES on Facebook and Twitter.

For questions about the preconference, please email the IMBES Trainee Board at

The 2018 IMBES Preconference sponsored by the Jacobs Foundation.

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