CNS 2020 Press Room

Join us in Boston to explore the nature of how we think, feel, and behave! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with science!

CNS invites members of the press to attend its 27th annual conference, March 14-17, 2020, in Boston, MA, at the Sheraton Boston. Get great story ideas and connect with more than 1,500 neuroscientists, presenting some of the latest research on neurotechnology, memory, language, aging, and learning.

Press registration is now open.

Please read our credential policy and email Lisa Munoz at to register.

Highlights will include:

  • Keynote address by Michael Tomasello (Duke University and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology): A lecture on the origins of human cooperation. Learn about humans’ unique motivations and cognitive skills for sharing emotions, experience, and collaborative goals.
  • Award lectures by Nancy Kanwisher (MIT) on functional brain imaging; Marlene Behrmann (Carnegie Mellon) on visual cognition; Samuel Gershman (Harvard) on reinforcement learning and dopamine; and Catherine Hartley (NYU) on learning and decision-making across development.
  • Symposia on new methods in non-invasive brain stimulation, the role of poverty in development, explorations in big data, sleep and memory, and more.
  • Special session: What Makes Us Human? will highlight the contributions of neuropsychologist Donald T. Stuss across the spectrum of clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Featuring: Gary Turner (York University), Lesley Fellows (McGill University), Antonino Vallesi (Università degli Studi di Padova), and Shayna Rosenbaum (York University).
  • More than 1,000 posters and 50 talks covering the latest neuroscience research on attention, creativity, decision-making, language, music, and more.

Read coverage of the of last year's meeting in San Francisco on the CNS 2019 Blog.

Registered members of the press will have complimentary access to a press room, scientific talks, posters, and the welcome reception.

The Press Room will be in the Kent Room of the Sheraton Boston. It will have Wi-Fi for working journalists. Hours for the Press Room will be:

Saturday, March 14: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday, March 15: 8:30am-6:00pm
Monday, March 16: 8:30am-6:00pm
Tuesday, March 17: 9:00am-4:00pm

Please note that journalists will need to use their own laptops and will be responsible for their own belongings. The room will not always be monitored.

To qualify as a member of the press, please be prepared to provide press credentials in the form of one of the following: a business card from a news media outlet, a membership card for a journalistic professional society (e.g. NASW), letter from an editor of a news media outlet to show that you are on assignment, or recent clips related to neuroscience. Read our full credential policy.

For all media inquiries, please contact:
Lisa M.P. Munoz, CNS Public Information Officer
Twitter: @CogNeuroNews, #CNS2019