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Young Investigators Program

The Young Investigators (YI) Program

ISRA began its YI program in 2008 to encourage and assist young scholars who are getting started or are in the early stages of their aggression research career. Previous YIs have found the program very enjoyable and helpful. The 2016 YI program includes:

A Pre-meeting YI Workshop

In 2016 YIs will attend a pre-conference workshop at Macquarie University featuring plenary speakers from the conference and an afternoon YI only meeting and discussion led by Mike Potegal. This is free and will be catered.

Meet with mentors

YIs will meet with a different panel of mentors during lunch or dinner each day for informal discussion.  Mentors will include plenary speakers who will be available for follow-up questions about their presentations.


YIs will meet with members of ISRA. They will also get acquainted with other young investigators of their generation. Mutual support and fruitful collaborations have developed out of past YI interactions.

Financial support.

Meeting registration cost will be covered, but not the cost of the social events. Limited stipends for travel and other meeting expenses will be available to applicants accepted into the program on an "as needed" basis.


We encourage graduate students, Postdoctoral Fellows and junior faculty within 3 years of their Graduate degree to apply.

To apply to the YI Program

You should send the following materials via email to Dr. Michael Potegal at

  1. An abstract of the scientific work you would like to present at the ISRA 2016 meeting (250 words maximum). YI submissions can indicate a preference for either an oral presentation or a poster but applicants should be aware that poster presentations would be generally preferred. Applications for an oral presentation may be allocated a poster presentation slot instead.
  2. A standard Curriculum Vitae
  3. A 250-word statement summarizing your research interests and how participating in the YI Program would advance your professional development.
  4.  Students should include a letter from their advisor or have her/him send a letter verifying your student status. 

The deadline for YI applications is April 1, 2016. We will choose YI participants based on the originality and promise of their work in human or animal, observational, experimental or theoretical analyses of aggression.

Assessment of abstracts for presentation at the general meeting is undertaken separately, i.e., by the conference scientific program committee. Your abstract may be accepted at the general ISRA meeting but not for the YI Program.

Direct any questions about the Young Investigators Program, and submit your YI application materials, to Mike E:
Direct questions about the ISRA meeting to Wayne Warburton E: or Tom Denson E:

To find out more about ISRA initiatives to encourage Young Investigators, please email Mike at