After successful meetings in Europe and Japan, the biennial meeting of ISRE returns to North America. It will be held in Berkeley, California from August 3-5, 2013, with post- conferences on August 6.
Berkeley is at the center of four leading institutions contributing greatly to Affective Science: Stanford, UC-San Francisco, UC-Davis, and, of course, the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley is also the site of the long-running Affective Sciences Training Program that has unified researchers from these four institutions.
This year, the Conference reverts to its original format of fostering discussions among attendees while still allowing individual presentations. As Co-Host Eric Walle has put it, the conference is going to be more of a "retreat" than the typical conference dominated by symposium presentations. At the same time, the Conference will emphasize, more than before, the importance of new investigators and emerging trends in the study of emotion, and new investigators will be featured in every major get-together at the meeting.
The site of the conference was selected precisely to allow these two objectives to be met. The meeting will be held at the Clark Kerr Campus of UC-Berkeley. That campus is adjacent to, but not contiguous to it. That campus offers affordable accommodations for attendees, an important consideration given the high cost of lodging in the Bay Area during the peak summer tourist season. Its California Spanish Mission architecture is marked by numerous patios that allow walks and seating for those who want to discuss emotions in small groups. Clark Kerr is also at the very beginning of the Berkeley Hills, permitting excellent hiking and walks. It is near the loveliest neighborhood in Berkeley, also suitable for walking and talking. In addition, to foster talking and discussions among participants, the registration fee will cover breakfast and lunch every day of the meeting, plus the night before, and the morning afterward.
For those who like to use conference attendance as a jumping-off point for vacationing, the Bay Area of California is the #1 tourist attraction in the United States - an hour away from the Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Country, two hours from Monterey, and three and a half hours from Yosemite National Park, besides many attractions in San Francisco itself.
Accommodations for attendees have been arranged for university-style housing, as has been the case with previous meetings. In addition, there are hotel accommodations available nearby at the Guest House of the world-famous Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, as well as the recently refurbished and quite modern Hotel Shattuck Plaza (which is across the street from the BART subway into San Francisco). For those so inclined, the Clark Kerr campus is one mile from the five-star resort and spa, The Claremont Hotel.
Finally, a word about climate in early August in Berkeley. The Bay Area has a Mediterranean climate, meaning that summers are sunny and dry, with the exception of expectable morning and evening fog, literally blanketing brilliant sunshine and deep blue cloudless skies--again, superb for fostering walking and discussions. To accomplish the overarching goals of the meeting, registration will be strictly capped. Early registration and selection from lodging possibilities should be done as soon as possible.
Welcome! We will be looking forward to seeing many of you at the meeting.
Joseph J. Campos, Host On behalf of co-hosts:
Eric Walle, UC Merced, California
Ichiro Uchiyama, Doshisha University, Kyoto
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