2017 IBANGS Meeting, Madrid, Spain


The 19th Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Meeting will be held in Madrid, Spain, May 15-18, 2017.  The meeting will be held at the Complutense University of Madrid, Faculty of Medicine, Facultad de Medicina,UCM, Plaza de Ramón y Cajal, 28040 Madrid, Spain, including exciting scientific lectures, research presentations and opportunities to share your work with your fellow scientists and mentors.  More information will be posted regularly in the coming weeks/months, so please return to this webpage for more information.

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  Important Dates  Abstract Submission      Travel Awards          Registration             Lodging       
About Madrid
Madrid is the capital city of Spain. It is a modern metropolitan city with a population of nearly 3.5 million people which makes it the biggest city in Spain and the third most-populous metropolis in Europe (after Paris and London).  Madrid is a city to enjoy and share, with 144 museums, almost 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, 6 public and 7 private universities, and more than 5.000 restaurants.  Located on the banks of the Manzanares River, in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, 646 meters (2,119 feet) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and natural parks. The city's many parks make Madrid the greenest city in Europe.

Art and culture play a key role in Madrid's cultural life. The city is full of great monuments, like the royal palace, the Plaza Mayor or the many statuettes. Art highlights in Madrid include the museums Del Prado, one of the world's most important art galleries, Thyssen, with over 800 paintings ranging from primitive Flemish artists through to the avant-garde movements as well as Reina Sofia National Art Centre, dedicated to contemporary Spanish art and containing works by Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Juan Gris, among others.  If there's one thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be its deep and catching passion for life that finds its outlet in the friendly and open character of its residents. Concerts, exhibitions, ballets, the latest film releases, the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of the best Spanish and international gastronomy... all these are just a few of the leisure options Madrid has to offer.  Exploring the historical and cultural legacy of this capital city will leave you with an exceptional experience. Madrid never loses her potent energy to influence the heart and alter the lives of all who visit.


Discounted lodging room rates are available at three hotels near the University meeting site. For the discounted rates, you must register at the hotel's own web page and enter the IBANGS group code.  The discount is 10% off the best available room rate at the time you make your reservation. We have added additional hotels (shown in red).

Hotel VP Jardin Metropolitano, 4-star
Avda. Reina Victoria, 12
28003 Madrid
Telephone: +34 91 183 18 10
IBANGS discount code:  MTCP01
2.1KM/1.3mile to meeting site

Hotel Exe Moncloa, 4-star
Calle Arcipreste Hita, 10
Telephone: +34 91 745 92 99
IBANGS discount code:  IBANGS
1.7KM/1.1mile to meeting site

Hotel Tirol, 3-star
Calle del Marqués de Urquijo, 4
28008 Madrid
Telephone: +34 915 48 19 00
IBANGS discount code:  None needed
To obtain rate below, send email to:
2.1KM/1.3mile to meeting site
Single room 88€
Double room with breakfast 98€

Hotel Madfor
Promotional Code: ACTA15
(15% discount on their best available room rate in that moment)

Apartohotel Rosales

To obtain rate below, send email to:
Promotional code:  2017 IBANGs Meeting
Single room 79,20€  

Single room with breakfast 82,80€ 

Courtyard Madrid Princesa ****
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate
115 EUR  per night 

Book your group rate for IBANGs

Start date: 5/12/17
End date: 5/22/17

Last day to book: 5/1/17

Other interesting hotels with no special group room rates:

NH Madrid Chamberí *** 
Leonardo Boutique Hotel Madrid *** 
Hostal Silserranos **


Registration is now open at 19th Annual Genes, Brain and Behavior Meeting RegistrationEarly registration rates applied through February 15, 2017.  Regular registration deadline is April 3, 2017.

Member fee, early  $  350.00   Student Member, early  $  250.00
Member fee, regular  $  400.00   Student Member, regular  $  300.00
Member fee, late  $  450.00   Student Member, late  $  350.00
Non-member fee, early  $  500.00   Student Non-Member, early  $  350.00
Non-member fee, regular  $  600.00   Student Non-Member, regular  $  400.00
Non-member fee, late  $  650.00   Student Non-Member, late  $  450.00

Potential Exhibitors: Review the 19th Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus then complete the 19th Annual GBB Meeting Exhibitor Registration.

Travel to Madrid:

Information on travel to the Madrid Airport, using the Metro (Subway), train, public buses and taxi services can be found at

In selecting the most economical airfare consider different days of departure (e.g. Friday travel may be less expensive than Saturday on some flights).

View a visual guide from the metro station to the meeting site as a downloadable document or watch a quick video.

Things to Do:

The Madrid Sightseeing Bus runs to the city's most emblematic spots and monuments. Tickets are valid for one or two days, and cost €21 and €25. There are discounts for under 16s and over 65s. It is free for children under six, and there are discounts for families.

Another original trip to make is on the cable car which runs from Pintor Rosales Avenue to the Casa de Campo park. Prices range from €4.20 to €5.90.More information:

Another option is to move around by bike, for example on the BiciMadrid service. The price for occasional use of these bikes is €2 the first hour and €4 for every additional hour. More information:

From sightseeing tours to museums, from scenic parks to ancient temples, from sporting events to UNESCO World Heritage Sites; there is something for everyone to enjoy in Madrid!  Explore the following tourism website to discover the sites that you need to see while visiting this wonderful city!

Madrid Official tourism website:

Invited Speakers:

Yoav Benjamini - Presidential Address
The Nathan and Lily Silver Professor of Applied Statistics
Department of Statistics and Operations Research and The Sagol School of Neuroscience
Tel Aviv University

Important Dates:

November 30, 2016   Symposia Proposals Due
February 15, 2017   Abstract Submissions Due
February 15, 2017   Travel Award Applications Due
February 15, 2017   Early Registration Deadline
May 1, 2017   Late-Breaking Abstracts Due
April 3, 2017   Regular Registration Deadline
April 4, 2017   Late Registration Begins
April 14, 2017   Last Day for Registration Refunds/Cancellations
May 15-18, 2017   Conference Dates
Preliminary Schedule:  (Click here for Preliminary Schedule PDF)

May 15 - evening gathering - pre-meeting social at MERCADO MONCLOA, Arcipreste de Hita 10,
               next to Hotel Exe Moncloa. (4 minutes walking from metro Moncloa

May 16 - main meeting (full day)
May 17 - main meeting (full day) Pub and Poster session at 5.30 pm
May 18 - main meeting (full day) Evening banquet at 6 pm
May 19 - departures 

Call for Abstracts:

Late-Breaking Abstract Submissions are now being accepted with a due date of  May 1, 2017, for poster presentation only.  Use the 2017 Abstract Submission Form to make your submission.  View the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts.

*Note that poster size will be maximum: 1 meter 40 cm height x 90 cm width.

Travel Stipends:

A limited number of travel stipends are available for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty members who have held faculty rank for less than 5 years. Information on the travel award application process is available on the Travel Awards webpage or via the pdf located HERE.  Travel Award applications are due no later than February 15, 2017.

Symposia Proposals:

Symposia Proposals are being accepted through November 30, 2016.  Review the Call for Symposia Proposals and use the 2017 GBB Symposia Proposal form to make your submission.



19th Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus

19th Annual GBB Meeting Exhibitor Registration

Contact for Sponsorship Information

Awards Committee
Marissa Ehringer (2014-2016, Chair)
Robert Gerlai (2014-2016)
Robert Williams (2016-2018)
Yehuda Ben-Shahar (2016-2018)
Angela Ozburn (2016-2018)

Program Committee
Elissa Chesler (chair)              
Iiris Hovatta                            
Susan Bergeson                     
Karl Clark                                
Gang Chen                             
Steve Boehm                          
Hans-Peter Lipp                     
Jose Antonio Lopez-Moreno
Karla Kaun

Local Organizing Committee
Jose Antonio Lopez Moreno
Elena Giné Domínguez
Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca
Kora-Mareen Bühler
Víctor Echeverry-Alzate