13th Annual Meeting of the

International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN)

Harnack House
Conference Venue of the Max Planck Society

Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, 18 June - Sunday, 22 June 2008

Bears: on Berlin's "coat of arms" and in Berlin Zoo ("Knut" 2007)

The 13th annual meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) will be held Wednesday through Sunday, 18-22 June 2008 at the Harnack House, Berlin and nearby venues. The ISHN encourages contributions about all of the history of all of the neurosciences, including basic and clinical specialties, ancient and non-Western topics, technical advances, and broad social and cultural aspects.

Harnack House: Main entrance Harnack House: View from the lawn

The structure of the ISHN meeting will be platform and poster papers as well as thematic symposia, all to be refereed by the program committee. Platform papers are normally about 15-20 minutes in duration followed by 5-10 minutes for discussion. Thematic symposia consist of 3 or 4 platform papers submitted together on a specific theme. Poster papers will be displayed on a poster board whose size is yet to be determined. The program will include several invited papers.

The annual meeting will run from the evening of Wednesday, June 18 through the afternoon of Sunday, June 22, so attendees may wish to arrive on Wednesday morning (June 18) or Tuesday evening (June 17).

The opening day of the program (June 18) includes two pre-conference workshops:
Workshop 1, led by Paul Foley on How to Write a Book Review.
Workshop 2, led by Samuel Greenblatt on Teaching Neuroscience History,
The opening day concludes with the Opening Reception (buffet dinner).

The theme of this year's annual meeting will be: "Seeing is Believing".

Some of the highlights will include:

An inaugural Welcome Address by the meeting patron, Professor Dr. Heinz Riesenhuber, former Minister of Science and Technology of the Federal German Republic (1982 to 1992 in the Cabinet of Chancellor Kohl).

The presidential lecture, (Georg Kreutzberg): "The Munich School of Brain Research: 125 Years".

The president-elect lecture, (Sherry Ginn): "Study, Travel and Wishful Thinking in 19th Century Continental Europe".

A special "welcome" session for the first attendance at ISHN by members of the French Club d'Histoire des Neurosciences.

A special session in the Virchow Museum of the Charité, Lecture by Bert Sakmann (Nobelist in Medicine or Physiology, 1991).

An excursion to places of neuro-historical interest in Berlin.

A visit to the Max Planck Institute of the History of Science (in Berlin-Dahlem).

The social program will include an Annual Banquet.


Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902)

The rebuilt "Ruin" of his Medical History Museum
(at one time holding over 26,000 specimens)

We thank the following sponsors for their generous financial support:
Bayer Schering Pharma AG
Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH
Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung
Gertrud Reemtsma Stiftung
GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co KG
Parmenides Foundation
Max-Delbrück-Zentrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC)

Members are invited to use the HISTNEUR-L listserv to discuss program suggestions, recruit co-authors, organize symposia submissions, and so forth.

LANGUAGE: The official language of the ISHN conference is English.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  Abstracts must be RECEIVED on or before 29th February 2008.  The program will be finalized and announced in early March.

ABSTRACT FORMAT:  Specify, in this order:

  • Whether you are applying for a Platform or Poster presentation
  • Title of your paper
  • Full name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of each and every author
  • Abstract (300 word maximum)
  • Audiovisual projection or display requirements (e.g., PowerPoint; slide projector; overhead projector; poster boards)


Abstracts may be submitted within the body or message area of an e- mail. In order to preserve italics, diacritics, etc., abstracts may also be sent as attached files, in one of the following formats: (1) MicroSoft Word, (2) Rich Text Format, or (3) PDF. If you send an e-mail attachment, you must first scan the file with a recently-upgraded anti-virus utility, and note in the body of your e-mail message that the file was scanned and no viruses were detected.

If you do not have access to e-mail, submit your abstract via Fax or Airmail on a single sheet of letter- or A4-size paper with standard font (e.g., Times New Roman 12 point or Arial 11 point) and wide margins (1 inch or more). Abstracts must be received on or before February 29th.

Faxed and airmailed abstracts will first be converted to electronic form for distribution by e-mail to the Program Committee, therefore paper-based abstract submission is discouraged.

SEND ABSTRACTS by e-mail (preferred), surface mail, or air-mail to the Chair of the Program Committee (and ISHN President):

Professor Georg W. Kreutzberg
Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
Am Klopferspitz 18
Email address:

+49-89-8578-3650  phone
+49-89-8578-3939  fax [include a Cover Sheet directed to Georg Kreutzberg]

Professor Kreutzberg's secretary, Mrs. Karin Chalcroft, will confirm by e-mail that your abstract has been received and that it is readable (e.g., if it was an e-mail attachment). Abstracts must be received on or before February 29th.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Papers must have at least one author who is a member of the ISHN (or is in the process of becoming a member) in 2008. For information on membership:

  1. please contact the ISHN Secretary, Dr. Laurie Swan:
    Laurie Swan (ISHN Secretary)
    15518 87th Avenue East
    Puyallup, Washington 98375  USA
    +1-253-209-7837  voice
    +1-253-471-0931  fax
  2. or print and submit a Full or Student Membership application form, found on the society's website:

  3. or complete a request for a Full Membership invoice, found on the Journal website (click "Subscribe Online"):

Currently popular books relevant to the neurosciences and your visit to Germany.


Georg W. Kreutzberg (Martinsried, Germany), Chair
Moshe Feinsod (Haifa, Israel)
Paul Foley (Randwick, Australia)
Robert G. Frank (Los Angeles, USA)
Russell Johnson (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Peter Koehler (Heerlen, The Netherlands)
Marjorie Lorch (London, UK)
Ynez V. O'Neill (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Frank W. Stahnisch (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Laurie Swan (Puyallup, Washington, USA)
Larry Swanson (Los Angeles, California, USA)



Georg W. Kreutzberg (Martinsried, Germany), Chair
Christian Baumann (Giessen, Germany)
Meino Gibson (Berlin, Germany)
Bernd Holdorff (Berlin, Germany )
Axel Karenberg (Cologne, Germany)
Helmut Kettenmann (Berlin, Germany)
Peter Köhler (Heerlen, The Netherlands)

The ISHN encourages all presenters to submit completed papers to the society's official publication, the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives.

We especially urge members to recommend the journal to their institutions' libraries, as the core English-language journal of the history of the neurosciences. Institutional subscriptions include both print and online editions.

Meeting Information

VENUE:  The chief venue for Papers and Posters will be the Meitner-Saal (Sitzungssaal II) and other rooms of Harnack House.

LANGUAGE:  The official language of the ISHN conference is English.


Harnack guest-house: Front entrance

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Harnack House guest-house (

All room reservations at Harnack House for the meeting must be made by you.

Always use the keyword ISHN2008 when making room bookings.

The latest date you can reserve your room is April 22, 2008!

Harnack House of the Max Planck Society
Ihnestrasse 16-20
D-14195 BERLIN

The Guest-house contains the following room types:

37 single rooms €58.40 per night
27 double rooms €96.80 per night (when utilized as single rooms, €78.40 per night)
1 wheelchair-friendly double room €96.80 per night

Please note that these quoted room prices are netto and include breakfast.
To these prices, add 7% German Federal Tax.

0049 30 8413 3804 telephone reservations
0049 30 8413 3800 telephone enquiries
0049 30 8413 3801 fax
Email address:

For further detailed information about the facilities offered by Harnack house and the on-line registration possibilities, please view the internet site:

All common credit cards (except Diners Club) are accepted

We regret that dormitory rooms will not be available. Detailed accommodation information will be available later on the ISHN website.


The following information about estimated registration fees is to help you plan your budget; note that fees listed here are approximate.

The preliminary ISHN Full Member fee is €100. This includes the use of conference facilities, coffee breaks, and social events. Non-member registration will be a higher fee; accompanying person fees will be lower.

The fee for the annual banquet at the Virchow "Ruin" building at the Charité will be €35.

There will be a 50% discount on all registration costs (but not accomodation costs) for bona fide students.

Lectures, papers, and poster sessions will be freely open to the public, to encourage attendance by other historians as well as neuroscience researchers and clinicians. Registration will be required for attendance at the social events.

In order for the organizers to arrange for adequate seating and refreshments at social events, and transportation to special events, registration fees will be due on or before a later-announced date in 2008. Registration fees received after that time or at the door -- without prior notification to Georg Kreutzberg (ISHN President) or another designated Local Arrangements Committee member, and confirmation by one of them -- will not guarantee seating at the social programs.

should be addressed to:
Georg W. Kreutzberg:

To see/download the 2008 ISHN registration form, click Registration Form

To see/download the credit card payment form, click CC Payment Form. [Please note: the credit card form must be printed, completed and returned by snailmail/surface mail/airmail! Some countries--for example, the United States--no longer permit transmission of credit card numbers by Fax.]

Please note that program content, times and locations are subject to change.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The ISHN has allocated some limited funds to assist with travel expenses for students (pursuing any degree, undergraduate or graduate) whose abstracts have been accepted and who must travel long distances at great expense. The Program Committee will determine the distribution of these funds based on (1) the quality of abstracts and (2) applicants' projected travel expenses, recognizing that sometimes it costs more to travel modest distances than long ones. If you wish to apply for this assistance, please include with your abstract a short paragraph of request and explanation (with your projected expenses) on a separate sheet.

Charlottenburg Palace (Hohenzoller family property)

  The restored Federal German Government seat- The "Reichstag"

  Schloss Bellevue, German President's Residence (Horst Köhler)


ISHN members may be interested in planning their conference travels to include other neuroscience meetings in Europe.
Many of them are organized under the auspices of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).
For further details of all the FENS meetings, see

Pre-meeting Conferences

  1. Berlin Neuroscience Forum 2008. From June 5th 2008 to June 7th 2008 in Berlin, Germany
  2. 18th Meeting of the European Neurological Society. From June 7th 2008 to June 11th 2008 in Nice, France

Post-Meeting Conferences

  1. 1st International Epilepsy Colloquium,, which consists of:
    A. Symposium on the Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsies. From June 22 to June 25th in Marburg, Germany, followed by the
    B. Munich University Epilepsy Course. From June 26th to June 28th in Munich, Germany.
  2. Society Behavioral Neuroendocrinology - SBN 2008. From July 7th 2008 to July 10th 2008 in Groningen, The Netherlands
  3. FENS Forum 2008. From July 12th 2008 to July 16th 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, see
  4. XXVI CINP Congress (collegium internationale neuro-psychopharmacologicum). From July 13th to July 17th 2008 in Munich, Germany.  

ISHN 13th Annual Meeting Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Last modified: 28 January 2008