Each year in May since 1982, Western Canadian universities have jointly hosted a conference known as BASICS (Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science). The 30th meeting of BASICS will be held in 2011 on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

The conference will begin Friday afternoon with an invited talk at 5:15; four other talks will be presented on Saturday. There will be a poster session and reception Friday evening after dinner, and another poster session will be held Saturday before dinner. Submissions for the poster sessions are invited on any aspect of cognitive science. (Each participant should submit no more than one poster.) If you plan on presenting a poster, please list the title and authors on the registration form and send it in before April 2. (The registration form is available here; information for poster presenters is here.) Graduate and postdoctoral students are especially encouraged to present.

As in the past, the invited presentations are like colloquia and allow a scientist ample time to lay out a course of research, rather than simply to discuss the results of one or two experiments. An extensive question period and break follows each 60 minute presentation and provides sufficient time for detailed questions and discussion.

The confirmed list of speakers for this year’s conference is:

BASICS will be held this year at the Ptarmigan Inn. The Ptarmigan is located at 337 Banff Ave. in the Rocky Mountain resort town of Banff and is close to local restaurants and shopping. A block of rooms at the Inns has been reserved for the conference dates at the conference rate of $99/night (Canadian) for a single or double occupancy, excluding tax. This block of rooms will be held until March 31, 2010, although rooms may be available for some period of time after that date.

The registration fee is $70 (Canadian) for faculty and $25 (Canadian) for students. The conference program is available here.

If you plan to attend the conference, please register before Friday, April 2, 2011 here. To book room reservations online, you should:
  • visit the website http:www.bestofbanff.com;
  • under “Reservations,” click on the link that says “Group Bookings”;
  • select the property, “Banff Ptarmigan Inn”;
  • enter the group password, basics2011;
  • and continue until the reservation is confirmed.
You may also call the Banff Lodging Company (which owns the Ptarmigan Inn and several other Banff properties) at 1-800-563-8764 (Fax: 403-760-8287). Those wishing to make accommodation arrangements at other hotels will find many to choose from within the town of Banff. (For general reservation information call: 1-800-661-1676; for Alberta Tourism information call: 1-800-661-8888; and for Banff Tourism information call 403-762-8421. Web resources can be found on our links page.)