Committees of the International Society for Neuroethology

The International Society for Neuroethology
Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Aims and Mission:

The Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) of the International Society for Neuroethology (ISN) is responsible for promoting diversity within the membership and at our congresses, promoting the safety and inclusion of all individuals at ISN meetings and programs, and investigating reported violations of the ISN Code of Conduct.

2020 Inclusion and Diversity Committee:

  • Ana Silva, Universidad de la República de Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay (Chair)
  • Lauren O’Connell, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Heather Eisthen, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Amir Ayali, Tel Aviv Univerisity, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Vivek Nityananda, Newcastle University, Tyne, UK
You can contact members of the committee by email at:

International Society for Neuroethology Code of Conduct:

In November, 2019, the International Society for Neuroethology adopted a Code of Conduct, intended to create a society environment embracing inclusion and where participants feel welcome and safe, in order to foster the open exchange and critical evaluation of scientific ideas. 

You are encouraged to review the ISN Code of Conduct and help us create a scholarly society where all are respected and appreciated.

August, 2020 Announcement - 


The ISN Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) seeks to add two new early-career members starting in November 2020. The IDC works to create a professional society that is supportive of members from all backgrounds by pursuing initiatives that support underrepresented groups, and by creating an inclusive, accessible environment at the International Congresses of Neuroethology. 


Applicants (ISN early-career members) should submit a brief 1-page statement of interest outlining their experience with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion service, and the ideas, events, and perspectives they plan to contribute. The IDC seeks diverse members who represent different backgrounds and perspectives across the world. Thus, we ask that applicants describe particular elements of their background and/or identity that will contribute uniquely to the composition of the IDC. Applicants should also identify their career stage and affiliation, as we welcome participation from members of the community across all stages of training, and in all career paths. In addition, applicants must be members of ISN and have attended at least one International Congress of Neuroethology in the past. These items should also be mentioned in the application statement. 


The IDC is a new initiative of the ISN that aims to promote diversity within the membership as well as the safety and inclusion of all individuals at ISN meetings. The IDC membership currently consists of Heather Eisthen, Lauren O’Connell, and Ana Silva (chair). We welcome you to join us to help the IDC accomplish its mission.

Please submit your application by October 10, 2020 to Questions may also be directed to this email address.