The Second IAAN Conference

Thursday 21- Saturday 23 May 2020

Pre-Conference Wednesday May 20, 2020

Countdown to the next conference:









Rydges On Swanston


The Melbourne Brain Centre for a one hour public talk

“The Tribal Classroom” by Prof Louis Cozolino




Pre-Conference Workshop


Prof Louis Cozolino

Presents “Neurofluency In Clinical Practice”

Wednesday May 20, 0830 – 1700

Read More ...

One hour public talk at the Melbourne Brain Centre

The Tribal Classroom: Optimizing Learning through the Social Neuroscience of Attachment

Louis Cozolino, Ph.D.

Over the last fifty years, the faith that past generations may have placed in education as a path to economic opportunity has been eroding. Many no longer view public education as a worthwhile investment, making it increasingly vulnerable to declines in resources and quality. This shift is reflected in rates of student dropout, teacher burnout, and a flight to private and home schooling. In some quarters, the perception of public schools has shifted from a solution to social and economic problems, to a problem in and of itself.

In this talk, Louis Cozolino will address this challenge and more, through the lens of human relationships. The goal of this workshop is to teach participants how an understanding of brain evolution, social neuroscience, and group behavior can inform, impact, and change our approach to education in powerful ways. By placing healthy and secure attachment at the center of learning, he argues, we can turbocharge plasticity, enhance learning, and improve schools.

The core message is that our brains have been shaped for tens of thousands of years to learn within a matrix of intimate relationships in dyads, families and tribes. The neurochemistry and primitive instincts that drives these basic social connections also stimulate the biochemistry and neural growth required for learning. In other words, relationships and learning have co-evolved – a reality that is largely ignored in contemporary education.

The establishment of secure attachments is of special importance for students from dysfunctional home environments, dangerous communities, or who possess brains that learn in “non-conventional” ways. For these students, the present public education system is an especially poor fit because they lack the safety, attachment security, and acknowledgement necessary to develop the self-esteem, emotional regulation, and motivation required to learn. Is it any wonder why so many students fail and/or drop out?

Interweaving the stories of some notably “successful” teachers and how they were able to reach “unteachable” students, Cozolino will reveal their big secret: they were able to create a classroom environment that simulated the context in the brain evolved to learn, where students feel connected and motivated and teachers feel rewarded by positive attachment and empowered by students’ success. This is the environment Cozolino hopes to reactivate by returning to some basic principles of evolution and neuroscience, giving teachers and students a new way to think about learning and a renewed hope of achievement.

3 Day Conference

The Second Annual International Association of Applied Neuroscience Conference will cover a variety of applied neuroscience topics. Topics will run in streams and there will be ample opportunity to choose which presentations to attend.






Are you interested in presenting?

You may download a guide for oral presentations and workshops here: IAAN 2019 Oral and Workshop Presentation Guidelines . The 2020 guide will be available later this year. In the meantime please send your abstract and a short biography (please include your abbreviated qualifications) to Please also include your prior presentation history and a recent high quality photo of yourself.

Stay Up To Date With The Latest Updates and Event Info.



Something For Everyone!

  • The conference covers a variety of applied neuroscience topics, including applications to psychotherapy, education, health, and much more.
  • Speakers are national and international leaders in the field.
  • Opportunity for peer to peer networking.
  • 3 day attendance at the conference for Students includes free Student membership of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN).
  • IAAN annual AGM

Keynote Speakers



Keynote Speaker

Dr Amee Baird is a clinical neuropsychologist with a PhD from the University of Melbourne. She has worked in clinical and research positions in London and Paris, and is now based in Newcastle, Australia where she has a private practice. Her first books Sex in the Brain (NewSouth Publishing & Columbia University Press) and the co-edited Music and Dementia: From Cognition to Therapy (Oxford University Press) were both published in 2019.

Read More ...

Keynote Speaker

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the new best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 schools internationally. He currently serves as Director of LME Global: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioral research to teachers, students, and parents alike.

Read More ...

Additional Speakers

(To be advised)


A Message From the President of the IAAN

IAAN President Dr Roger Mysliwiec  NZMC, DKPM, PBANZ, MIAAN(Cert) 


Resources for Attendees


Please finalize your registration below.

Learn More


Conference Venue is Rydges on Swanston

701 Swanston Street, Carlton, VC, 3053, Australia 

If you want to be more effective with the people you work with, then an understanding of their neurobiology may just give you the edge you need – this is what the IAAN conference is all about.

Matthew Dahlitz, Editor-in-Chief, The Neuropsychotherapist

Registration available NOW!

Choose your registration for the Pre-conference (20 May, 2020)

and the Conference (21-23 May, 2020).

Register early! $50 and $100 lower prices!

 You can register and pay online, or alternatively contact us at and we’ll send you a registration form which you can scan and email it to us.

If you have any issues with registration, please contact us at


First International Conference of Applied Neuroscience

To download flyer click HERE

Keynote Speakers summary click HERE

Conference Liftout and Information click HERE


The download links above are for the Conference held in Sydney, Australia, 22-24 May 2019
Where John Arden presented a Pre-conference workshop on the 21st of May 2019