Gis Convention Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
June 19th V 22nd , 2008


The 12th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness will be held from June 19th to June 22nd, 2008 in Taipei, Taiwan (Gis Convention Center, National Taiwan University). This is the first time for a ASSC annual meeting to be held in Asia. ASSC12 provides a chance for you to see Taipei and Taiwan, an island nation with a newly born democracy in Asia. Taipei offers an interesting combination of eastern and western cultures. Taiwan has recently been selected by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine as "probably the best traveling destination in Asia" among the 111 islands evaluated. The meeting promises to be both intellectually stimulating and culturally interesting!

ASSC12 is intended to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific study of consciousness. The overall goal of the conference is to promote the scientific study of consciousness in all of its forms. Following last year's successful symposia, ASSC members are again invited to submit proposals for symposia relevant to the overall goals of the conference. Non-members can also submit proposals for tutorials. Symposia will address current empirical and theoretical issues in the study of consciousness, from the perspectives of philosophy, neuroscience, clinical medicine, psychology, and computer science.

For latest updates, please check the conference website:

The web site will be continually evolving, so please visit often for updated information.

Confirmed speakers include:
Presidential Address:
David Rosenthal, City University of New York, USA

Keynote Speakers:
Thomas Metzinger, The Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Germany, topic: The Self
Mitsuo Kawato, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Japan, topic: Engineering Consciousness
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University, Japan, topic: The Mind of the Chimpanzee

The list will keep growing. A complete list including symposium speakers will be available in the second call of the submissions of paper and poster proposals. You may also visit ASSC12 website for latest information.


Speakers in concurrent sessions are invited to talk on any topic relevant to the scientific study of consciousness. Submissions that include anthropological, evolutionary, physiological, psychological, philosophical, or computational perspectives are all welcome.
Submissions for both posters and talks will be accepted (please specify preference). Any person may present only one submission, but may be co-author on more than one. Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, to be followed by a ten-minute discussion period.

Submit by filling out the appropriate forms at:

You will be asked to include with your submission the following information:
1. Title.
2. Name, affiliation, with presenting co-author(s) designated.
3. An abstract of up to 350 words.
4. Complete contact information for the author with whom the scientific program committee will interact with about the submission.
5. Whether your first preference is for an oral or poster presentation.

Please note: talks and posters are selected based on an aggregate vote of the scientific program committee (members vote on all abstracts barring those in which a conflict of interest arises).
Proposals that pass a given threshold will be considered for an oral or poster presentation; those that pass a lower threshold will be considered for a poster presentation only (this in no way implies that posters are considered a "lower" medium for presentation, but rather reflects the restricted number of talk slots available). Qualities considered in assessing abstracts include originality, relevance to research on consciousness (good, but seemingly irrelevant work will receive lower scores), and clarity of ideas (ASSC12 is an interdisciplinary conference, as such it is expected that proposals should be intelligible for all members of committee regardless of research background). Membership status, category of talk, and presentation preference (oral/poster) are ignored when scoring proposals.

If you have any difficulties in submitting your proposal, or any other questions regarding the meeting, please contact



As in previous years, discounted registration will be available to ASSC members, who will also enjoy a range of book discounts and other member benefits. The registration discount will be greater than the cost of membership, so prospective members are encouraged to join ASSC now! To find out more about the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and to apply for membership, please consult our website at

Registration will open on Feb. 1, 2008.

ASSC12 Scientific Program Committee:
  Ralph Adolphs, California Institute of Technology (Co-Chair)
Allen Houng, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan (Co-Chair)
Max Coltheart, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Australia
John-Dylan Haynes, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, Germany
Dan Lloyd, Trinity College, USA
Stephan L. Macknik, Barrow Neurological Institute, USA
Michael Pauen, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany
Shinsuke Shimojo, California Institute of Technology, USA
All questions about paper/poster submissions should be directed to the official conference email address:

[October 29, 2007]