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Shortly after the close of our successful 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, the OHBM community was already starting to discuss potential formats for the 2021 Annual Meeting scheduled for Seoul, Korea from June 27 - July 1. Our original decision to transform the 2020 meeting to a full virtual one was brought about by the alarming health risks and travel bans associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we move towards the end of 2020, we still find ourselves with many unknowns regarding our ability to once again safely gather together for in-person meetings.  OHBM leadership has met frequently over the past couple of months with our friends and colleagues from the Korean Local Organizing Committee (LOC) to understand their desires for the 2021 Annual Meeting. The Korean LOC discussed this in considerable detail and has made a unanimous decision to postpone the Seoul meeting and reschedule at the earliest possible date when all who attend can fully engage in the Seoul experience. We respect and support our colleagues decision - which is based on the health and safety of all of our OHBM members.

Once this decision was communicated to Council, we began discussions regarding the format for our 2021 Annual Meeting.  All of us on Council were in agreement that it is unlikely that the health risks and travel bans will be resolved to allow full in-person participation regardless of meeting location; therefore, Council, in harmony with the Korean LOC, unanimously decided to hold the 2021 Annual Meeting virtually.

Knowing that the 2021 meeting will be fully virtual so early in the process allows us adequate time to create a unique and special experience for 2021. We will make the most of the opportunity to learn from the strengths and weaknesses of our 2020 meeting and create an even more valuable virtual OHBM 2021. Council has authorized formation of a new Technology Task Force to identify the tools and technology platform(s) to be used. We are absolutely delighted to inform you that the Task Force will be Chaired by our Education Chair-Elect Alex Fornito. The Task Force will be pivotal for our OHBM activities - working closely with the OHBM Program and Education committees. Task Force members will also include representatives from Council, Communications Committee, Diversity & Inclusivity Committee, Open Science SIG, Student and Post-Doc SIG, the Brain Art SIG, and of course, the Program and Education Committees. The Technology Task Force, with considerable assistance from the Executive Office, will work diligently to find a technology platform(s) that address concerns raised from our 2020 meeting – particularly relating to functionality of poster presentations and associated networking opportunities.  Additionally, Chairs of all planning groups will meet throughout the year to ensure that all the pieces of the meeting puzzle fit together cohesively.

The Program and Education Committees are revising and finalizing the Call for Educational Courses, Symposia, and Abstracts to incorporate the virtual meeting design. We expect to inform the OHBM community about these features by the end of the year.

In addition, the OHBM Finance Committee is beginning their detailed discussions on developing a fiscally responsible 2021 annual budget which Council will finalize in December. Our SIG Chairs are now visitors at Council meetings, so they participate in discussions at the Council level. Information regarding meeting registration and registration fees for the 2021 Annual Meeting will be made available in January of 2021.

Although we don’t currently have all the answers or details regarding the 2021 Annual Meeting, work is well underway - many months earlier than normal - to ensure that we have enough time, the right planning teams, and the everyone at the table to develop a memorable and exciting virtual OHBM 2021.

We will keep you informed as we finalize details for OHBM 2021.  If you have suggestions or questions in the meantime, please contact the OHBM Executive Office at info@humanbrainmapping.org.

"Sixth time attending and OHBM 2017 was by far the best one yet! Thanks for the great conversations everyone, can’t wait ’til next year!"

— Emily Finn
Postdoc at The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


Q: Why was the decision made to cancel the 2021 Annual Meeting in Seoul, Korea and offer the meeting in a new virtual format?
A:  The health and safety of our meeting participants, faculty members, volunteers, industry partners, vendors and staff is our priority. For weeks, we closely monitored updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have worked with all stakeholders involved exploring the possible options. Unfortunately, due to escalating international travel and public gathering restrictions, a physical meeting of our international colleagues and partners in Korea was no longer possible.  OHBM remains devoted to bringing together the brain mapping community to learn the latest from one another, and to advance research. With this in mind, OHBM decided to bring the world meeting to each of you in the form of a virtual experience – the 27th Annual Meeting  and Educational Courses of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

Q: Who is considered a Student Member?
 A student member is a full-time student working towards a graduate degree (MS, PhD, or MD degree) or an individual who is no more than four years out after completing such a degree.

Q: Who is eligible for Developing Country Reduced Registration rate?
OHBM provides an opportunity for current members who reside and work in countries ranking low income and lower income on The World Bank's country income classification list to apply for reduced registration rates (a 50% discount on the General Annual Meeting and Educational Courses registration fees) for OHBM 2021.  Please Submit Your Application here.

Q: Can I attend the Educational Courses without having to register for the full Annual Meeting?
Typically registration for the Annual Meeting is a requirement in order to register for Educational Courses.  For this year, attendees are able to register for the Educational Courses without registering for the Annual Meeting as they were offered as two separate events with separate log in credentials required to participate.

Q: When will Educational Courses be available? 
Educational courses will launch on May 30th.  All courses were pre-recorded and can be watched at leisure on OHBM OnDemand starting June 4th.

Q: Does OHBM have a Code of Conduct?
Yes, please visit the OHBM website or click here to review the OHBM Code of Conduct.


"Been attending OHBM since 2006. Amazed at how much progress has been made, and proud of how far we have come. The open science, mentoring, and diversity initiatives are particularly inspiring. Looking forward to continuing these trends in Rome!”
— Lucina Uddin, Associate Professor at the University of Miami

"OHBM2018 = best conference I’ve been to in years. Congrats to all you brain mappers and organizers for taking the field forward so fast; heading home now with lots of new ideas and not enough time to do them all.”
— Paul Thompson, Professor of Neurology at the University of Southern California