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Research in Encoding And Decoding of
Neural Ensembles

Nomikos Conference Centre
Santorini, Greece
16-20 June 2020
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AREADNE 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

As this is now our eighth meeting, we've fielded a fair number of questions over the years. Some of the most frequent ones are answered below.

We strongly encourage anyone interested in attending AREADNE 2020 to read through the conference home page, and have a look at some of the pages linked from there, especially the ones about transportation, hotels, and practical information.

Did you change the daily schedule?

Yes! As of the 2020 session, we have shifted the Welcome and Registration Reception to Tuesday, and scientific presentations on Wednesday through Saturday. This moves the whole event earlier one day in the week, to allow participants to travel home on Sunday and have a normal schedule for the following week.

Can I attend only one or two days?

One of the founding principles of the AREADNE Conferences is full participation. We do not offer partial registration, and instead encourage all attendees to engage with all presentations. If you plan to participate for only part of the conference, then it might be best to reconsider a decision to attend.

Can I opt out of lunches to save money?

Again, we emphasize that full participation is a vital part of attending an AREADNE meeting. The lunches are an excellent time to meet new researchers and strengthen old ties (and the food is pretty good, too). Because of the importance of face-to-face contact, we expect everyone to attend the lunches, and do not offer a discount for registration without meals.

What is the speaker schedule?

We do not publish the speaker schedule until the Welcome and Registration Reception the evening before scientific talks begin. (Why not?) If you are a speaker or poster presenter, please be ready to go on the first day of presentations. The over-all schedule can be found midway down the page at .

What is the poster size?

Details are given on our poster info page.

When should I arrive?

Arrive in plenty of time for the Welcome and Registration Reception the evening of Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Intercontinental travelers are encouraged to arrive a day earlier, on 15 June 2020 to allow for travel irregularities and have an extra day for adjusting to the new time zone. We have a full scientific schedule for four days (17 June 2020 through 20 June 2020), so plan to depart no sooner than Sunday, 21 June 2020.

Where should I stay?

In Firá or Firostefani. Imerovigli is perhaps a little far to walk (about 1.5 km through hilly terrain, and recall that it will be hot). Oia is at least 30 minutes by car, and often much longer due to traffic. Please see our list of recommend hotels and a map of the areaa showing where many hotels are located relative to the Nomikos Conference Centre.

What's the best way to get to Santorini?

By plane from Athens (ATH) to Santorni (JTR) using Aegean Airlines, or by boat from Piraeus, the port of Athens. Details on our Travel Information page.

When does abstract submission open?

Abstract submission will open on or about 6 Jan 2020, and will close on 24 Jan 2020. Instructions for making a submission can be found at our Call for Abstracts page.

Do you accept late abstracts?

Perhaps. Please contact the organizers at as soon as possible, including before the submission deadline if you know you will not be able to meet it. We do not accept all submissions, and consideration of two otherwise equivalent abstracts will be biased against one that was submitted late.

When does registration open?

Registration will open on or about 6 March 2020, and will close on 26 May 2020. Please note that those dates are subject to change without notice. Registration will be available through a link near the top of the conference home page, after poster abstract notifications have been sent out. For the previous handful of meetings, registration sold out in a few days.

Can I pay my registration fee by bank transfer?

We strongly prefer payment by credit (or debit) card, using the normal registration pages.

Do you allow late registration?

Late registration is possible only if there is room available, and would be at the on-site rate. If there are no spots available, then we will be happy to add you to the waiting list. Please go to the conference home page and look for the registration link near the top to register. If the link is not present, then contact the organizers at to make an inquiry. Please understand that we typically sell out and late registrations are not usually available.

Can you invite me to be a speaker?

We will be glad to add your name to the list for consideration, however, only on rare occasion has the organizing committee extended an invitation to a self-nominated speaker. If the meeting web page already shows a list of speakers, then invitations have all been made, and your name would be considered for AREADNE 2022.

Can you write a letter of invitation to get a travel visa?

Yes, if you have already registered, have an accepted poster, or have submitted a poster that looks likely to be accepted. Please contact the organizers at as soon as possible.

Can you write a letter of invitation for a poster presentation for funding purposes?

Yes, if your poster submission has been accepted, or looks as if it is likely to be accepted. Please contact the organizers at with details.

Do you have travel grants?

It depends on the generosity of our sponsors, and varies from year to year. We typically do not know about travel support until rather late, and thus far, any travel funds have been on a reimbursement basis. When information is available, details will be posted at our Scholarships and Travel Grants page.

Can you put me on your email list?

Yes! To be sent important email announcements about AREADNE 2020, please add yourself to the Google Group for Official AREADNE Announcements.

Can you give me a certificate of attendance?

Yes, if you attend the conference. Printed certificates of attendance will be issued at the conference, and electronic copies can be requested afterward from

Can I present a poster already shown somewhere else?

The AREADNE meetings are well known as a forum where cutting-edge results are premiered, so we discourage the practice of presenting a poster already shown elsewhere. If you must re-use a poster, then at the very least it should be reprinted with AREADNE 2020 in place of previous conference names or session assignments.

Can my company have a booth at AREADNE 2020?

Our apologies, but the AREADNE Conferences do not include commercial presentations of any kind. We would be happy to welcome company representatives as non-presenting attendees. If your organization is interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact the conference co-chairs at

Can I bring a guest to some of the events?

Guests are free to join the Welcome and Registration Reception. Reasonably-priced tickets are available to bring guests to the gala final banquet (tickets can be purchased when registering). Space permitting, guests can attend the optional excursions for free.

Who are your sponsors?

We have enjoyed the generosity and support of a wide range of institutions, companies and foundations over the years, including the United States National Institutes of Health, the United States National Science Foundation, the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Simons Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, Foley and Lardner LLP, University of Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital, NIMA Foundation, and private donors. These individuals and institutions have been a vitally important part of making AREADNE Conferences possible. We are deeply grateful for their support.

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