21st Annual ISIR Conference: Amsterdam, July 9-11, 2020

The 2020 ISIR conference (July, Amsterdam) is now cancelled. We regret missing the opportunity to hear a wonderful line-up of speakers, but events have overtaken us. Our hearts are with all those who are suffering from the coronavirus, and with all of those working hard to look after them. Take care of yourselves, and we hope to see you in Amsterdam in 2021. If you have already registered for the conference, you will receive a refund. With all good wishes, the ISIR Board.
This year’s ISIR conference will take place in the city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The local host this year is Dylan Molenaar.
We have put together an exciting program including a pre-conference day about cognitive epidemiology. As well as having inspiring speakers, this meeting, in particular, offers many opportunities for networking at amazing locations in Amsterdam. Hence, we hope to see you all at the ISIR meeting in Amsterdam!

Pre-conference, July 8th

Cognitive Epidemiology: probing the links between intelligence,mental health and physical health.
Keynote: Ian J Deary, OBE, University of Edinburgh
Keynote: Dorret Boomsma, Vrije University Amsterdam

  • Catherine Gale, University of Edinburgh
  • W David Hill, University of Edinburgh

Distinguished interviewee

Matt McGue, University of Minnesota.

Lifetime achievement award

Richard Haier, University of California, Irvine, the current editor-in-chief of Intelligence journal.

Conference materials

Conference flyer
Conference program (coming)


The conference will be held at the University of Amsterdam.

  • University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam, Netherlands (Google maps)

The conference venue is accessible for wheelchairs. Please contact local host for more information on accessibility.


Amsterdam is a very vibrant and lively city that attracts many tourists, especially in the summer. We therefore highly recommend to book your accommodation as soon as possible (prices will be higher if you leave it late!).
You can book hotels yourself (or you may try Airbnb which is very popular in Amsterdam). You can also use the online tool below which has been put together for ISIR by following this link.


Click here for information on submitting an abstract to ISIR 2020.
Submissions are OPEN until March 27th. Click here to submit.


Register now by following this link.

Information about travel support for students & postdocs