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ANFA 2016: Connections – Bridgesynapses – Call for Papers

From Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

ANFA 2016: Connections – Bridgesynapses

Call for Presenters:

Building on the tradition established at the ANFA 2012 and 2014 Conferences, ANFA 2016 will again provide a forum for architects and neuroscientists to bridge between neuroscience research and a growing understanding of human responses to the built environment. In addition to presentations of established projects at this interface, we seek presentations of work in either neuroscience or architecture that will lay the basis for possible future interaction and integration between the disciplines.

Conference Language: English
Abstracts will be accepted until February 15, 2016
Notification of Acceptance or Rejection: April 15, 2016

Mission of the Conference:

The ANFA Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through a collaboration between architects and neuroscientists. We invite neuroscientists, architects and other professionals to present research and research-based design that will illuminate the neuroscience of the experience of architecture and design of the built environment, as well as the use of insights from neuroscience to develop new approaches to the design of intelligent buildings.

Communication, knowledge sharing, collaboration, partnership, integration, and relation to a broader context will permeate every aspect of ANFA 2016. The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.


Possible themes for presentations include but are not limited to the following:

  •  The neurological impacts of perception of architectural spaces (vision, hearing, touch, etc.)
  • The role of action and interaction in the user’s experience of buildings
  • The relationship between spaces and memory: wayfinding and exploration
  • Emotion, empathy and neuroesthetics in the built environment
  • The neuroscientific connection to enhancing particular building types such as: Alzheimer’s facilities, correctional facilities, laboratories, hospitals, schools, homes, and spiritual spaces
  • Neuromorphic architecture: the use of brain operating principles to enhance the intelligence of the built environment
  • Learning from animal research: key findings, translational research, research-based architectural applications.

Presenting Papers and Posters:

Presentations will be chosen on the basis of abstracts (instructions below). Accepted presentations may be presented orally or as posters. When preparing your abstract, look ahead to how you will present your work. If you are a neuroscientist, remember that you must make the neuroscience background clear and relevant to architects; and if you are an architect, make clear how your work in architecture invites the participation of neuroscientists.

The Program Committee will be especially, but not exclusively, receptive to submissions that report on collaborations between an architect and a neuroscientist.

Submitting Abstracts:

Submission Deadline February 15, 2016.

Abstracts are to be posted to EasyChair.com. Details on the submission process will be posted in December. Meanwhile, preparation of abstracts can begin, following the guidelines below.

Title: Provide a clear, concise title that accurately reflects the presentation’s content. This will be the official title listed in the program guide. (Limit: 15 words.)

Abstract: Abstracts are crucial to the review and selection process. They must thus be written in clear English that makes sense both to architects and to neuroscientists. It should specify the contribution made by the paper and how the paper relates to the ANFA Conference Mission stated above. Inclusion of references to relevant publications in both neuroscience and architecture is strongly encouraged – since this is the third biennial ANFA conference, we are keen to see to what extent insights into neuroscience for architecture have become cumulative. (Limit: 350 words + References + Figures.)

Author(s): Provide name, title, firm or organization, professional designations, full mailing address, telephone, e-mail address, and (where applicable) URL. Provide a brief biographical narrative for each speaker, spelling out the particular expertise on which the presentation is built. (Limit: 200 words per author.)

Committee Decisions will be Final:

Notification of Acceptance or Rejection: April 15, 2016

The Program Committee will carefully evaluate all abstracts and on that basis make one of three decisions for each submission: Accept for oral presentation, accept for poster presentation, or reject.

Since the decision may depend as much on the balance of the program as on the quality of the abstract, these decisions will not be open to review.

30 noviembre, 2015

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