Association for Politics and the Life Sciences

Annual Conference

32nd Annual Meeting (2014) 
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
October 17-18, 2014


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The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS) will be held October 17-18, 2014, on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Berns is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University, where he directs the Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience and the Center for Neuropolicy.

The plenary lecture will be delivered by Leonard Ortmann, Ph.D. Dr. Ortmann is the Senior Ethics Consultant in the Public Health Ethics Unit at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Individual paper presentations, panel, and roundtable proposals are welcome on any topic that pertains to the following broad categories: New directions in politics and the life sciences, biobehavior, life science policies (e.g., health policy, genetically modified foods, stem cell research), neurobiology and politics, bioethics, bioterrorism, environmental policy and communication (e.g., media coverage and public opinion about global warming), genetics and politics, biotechnology, and other biopolitical topics.

This year’s theme is “Life Sciences and Public Policy.” Advances in the life sciences have raised questions in a wide range of policy areas such as biosecurity, medicine, the environment, mental health, cognitive enhancement, child development, criminal responsibility, and the ethics and regulation of emerging discoveries. Theme panels and presentations relevant to public policy, political behavior, and ethics might address the following questions:

  • How do biological and evolutionary theories elucidate public policy?
  • What are the public policy implications of recent advances in the life sciences?
  • How does neuroscience intersect with and affect legal policy and the judicial system?
  • What are the implications of linking education and neuroscience?
  • How do brain and life sciences intersect in warfare and the military?
  • What is the role of the life sciences in international relations and diplomacy?
  • How does government regulation affect biotechnologies?
  • What new ethical concerns do advances in the life sciences raise for policymakers?
  • How does neuroscience inform us about morality?
  • How does policy entrepreneurship affect the role of the life sciences in the public sphere?
  • How can the life sciences inform environmental policy?

NOTE: Although participants are encouraged to address the conference theme, other topics are also welcome.

Preliminary Program (download PDF)

Flights can be arranged directly to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

To be arranged individually. Although the meetings will be held on the campus of Emory University, the conference hotel is:

Courtyard by Marriott – Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory
130 Clairemont Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Rooms are available at the very competitive APLS conference rate starting at $129 per night, while they last. To reserve your room, visit Courtyard's online registration site for our conference or call Marriott Reservations at 1.888.236.2427 and ask for Association for Politics and the Life Sciences in October 2014. The hotel is approximately 40 minutes from the airport. Taxis are available as are shuttle services such as Airport Metro (404-766-6666) and Airport Taxi (404-530-3485).

Professionals: $150
Students: $50

To avoid a $20 late fee, please pay by September 30, 2014.

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Contact Gregg Murray, APLS Executive Director, at

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30th Annual Meeting (2011)
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29th Annual Meeting (2010)  
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27th Annual Meeting (2007) 

Garfield Suites Hotel, Cincinnati, OH 
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Keynote: Owen D. Jones, Vanderbilt University: "Evolution, Primates, Neurons, and Law"

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26th Annual Meeting (2006) 
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25th Annual Meeting (2005) 

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Keynote: Napoleon Chagnon, University of California – Santa Barbara:  "Warfare Among the Yanomano"

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24th Annual Meeting (2004) 
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