ISIR 2023: Berkeley, California, July 26–29

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Conference registration and abstract submissions now open! Abstract submission closes May 14, 2023.

We are delighted to announce the 23rd annual ISIR conference in Berkeley, California, USA! The conference will be held from Thursday, July 27 until Saturday, July 29 at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, located at 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, California. We will begin with a welcome reception sponsored by the Institute for Mental Chronometry on the evening of Wednesday, July 26, with drinks, refreshments, and guest speakers Steven Pinker and Frank Worrell! The student poster session will be held on the evening of the 27th and the social event dinner on the 28th.

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Shattuck Hotel main entrance

The hotel is situated in the heart of Berkeley, about a half-mile from the University and adjacent to numerous restaurants and parks. The conference will feature a special symposium on giftedness with invited talks by giftedness researchers Michael Mhlolo and Camilla Benbow, among others.

Travel support for graduate students and postdoctoral traineesWe are pleased to announce that enrolled Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers who have either an oral presentation or a poster accepted for the conference (as a presenting senior author) may be eligible for travel support, thanks to the generosity of the Institute of Mental Chronometry. Reimbursement will be available for documented transportation, lodging & meal expenses of up to $1,000 USD for travel within the United States or up to $1,500 USD for travel for all others. For students and postdocs with an accepted poster or talk, an additional $200 will added to your travel support so you can arrive a day early to enjoy the pre-conference event on July 26th, featuring talks by Steven Pinker and Frank Worrell. If you wish to apply for travel support, click “Yes” for this option when submitting your abstract.

Updates July 5


The timetable for the conference is being finalized now, so you will know the date and time of your talk soon. The poster session will take place on the evening of Thursday, July 27th, and the banquet and student awards will be on the evening of Friday the 28th. Thursday will be devoted to panel discussion, Friday to student and lightning talks, and Saturday to non-student regular talks.

Conferences are becoming more expensive to host every year. To help mitigate costs, we have elected to provide only snacks, coffee, and other beverages during conference hours on Thursday and Friday. Saturday lunch will be provided. We have allocated 90 minutes for lunch breaks so that you have time to browse the many restaurants that are close walks from the conference venue.

The business meeting will take place during a 90-minute lunch break on Saturday, July 29. Brown-bag lunches will be provided for this day. We encourage our member base to attend the business meeting to discuss the present and future of the Society. This will include a special session for early-career researchers and students to give their perspective on the current direction of intelligence research.


Posters should be standard academic poster size (roughly 33 x 47 inches/84 x 119 cm). Please see this post on the website for poster guidelines and recommendations. Display boards and attachments will be provided for you to hang your posters.

Regular oral presentations will be scheduled for 15 minutes total, including 2–3 minutes for questions. Lightning talks are scheduled for 10 minutes total, including ~2 minutes for questions. You can bring your talk on a USB thumb drive or bring your computer and use one of the thumb drives provided at the conference.

These talk slots might seem a little on the short side. We received numerous excellent submissions and had to make some hard decisions about how to fit everyone in alongside a total of five symposia. A much-valued aspect of this meeting is to have one serial session and to have plenty of refreshment breaks. We have resisted moving to longer talk slots with parallel sessions because we want everyone to hear the gist of what we’ve all been up to. We hope that the conversations about your work will carry on around the coffee breaks, which are always excellent venues for collaboration, discussion and networking.


The nearest international airports to Berkeley are the Oakland International Airport (OAK; 13.4 miles) and the San Francisco International Airport (SFO; 23.4 miles). Berkeley and the surrounding area are very well-connected with public transportation. The hotel is right next door to a bus station that connects to the North Berkeley train station. From here, there are multiple options that connect to the Oakland Airport and to SFO. See this page for more information about travel to and from the hotel.