The ASSC is an academic society that promotes rigorous research and coordinates annual conferences directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. The ASSC includes members working in the fields of cognitive science, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities.
1. Founded in 1994
The ASSC was founded in 1994
2. First Executive Board
The first executive board was formed in 1996 by Bernard Baars, William Banks, Stanley Klein, Thomas Metzinger, David Chalmers and Patrick Wilken
3. First ASSC Conference
The first ASSC conference was held in Claremont, California, in 1997
Annual meetings have been held every year since and are now rotated between Europe, the Americas and Asia. Since 2015, the official journal of the society is the open-access journal Neuroscience of Consciousness.
Board of Directors
Each year, the ASSC Board proposes a sole nominee for President-elect. Their nomination is approved by the ASSC voting members in the December elections.
The ASSC members also elect two new Members-at-Large to join the Board every year. Board members serve for a three-year term and may serve for up to two consecutive terms. Only voting members can be nominated and their nomination needs to be supported by two other voting members of the ASSC.
Members At Large
The members of each committee are appointed by the Board of Directors. Please get in touch if you would like to join!
The conference committee ensures continuity between meetings (both in terms of records and standards), and conducts and evaluates an annual survey of each meeting.
- Jane Aspell (2018-2022) Chair
- Daisuke Shimaoka (2019-2023)
- Yaron Caspi (2019-2023)
The student committee is made up of full members and students. It aims to foster greater involvement of students within the ASSC, and improve ways in which the ASSC serves the needs of its student members.
- Kirsten Ziman (2021-2024) Chair
- Brendan Hutchinson (2021-2024)
- Rachel Metzgar (2023-2026)
- Sebastian Dohnany (2023-2026)
- Hanna Tolle (2023-2026)
- Kenneth Shinozuka (2023-2026)
The membership committee reviews applications to join the ASSC and changes in membership status.
- Stefan Bode (2019-2023) Chair
- Vishal Kapoor (2019-2023)
- Charlene Lam (2023-2026)
The Prize Committee selects the recipient of the annual William James Prize for an outstanding published contribution to the empirical or philosophical study of consciousness. This award is open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars/researchers within 5 years of receiving a PhD.
- Catherine Tallon-Baudry (2017-2022)
- Patrick Haggard (2018-2023)
- Susanna Siegel (2019-2024)
- Axel Cleeremans (2021-2025)
The elections commitee secures nominations for president-elect and members-at-large.
- Executive Director – Lucie Charles
- Independent Observer – Charlene Lam