About this event

  • Date and time Mon 6 Dec 2021 from 8:45am to 4:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Psychiatry

Join a starred multidisciplinary group of speakers to hear and debate about new developments and understandings in the fields of neuroscience, social science and psychiatry, and their interrelations.

Learning objectives

  • To facilitate dialogue between social scientists, including sociologists and mental health professionals, including psychiatrists
  • To use the emerging field of social neuroscience as a medium through which to bring the diverse disciplines together
  • To enhance mental health professionals' understanding of the concept and substance of "social" as understood in the social sciences
  • To enhance social scientists' understanding of biological contributions to social relations, including relevant psychiatric issues


Standard pricing available until 05 December 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£125.00 £85.00 £85.00 £85.00 £35.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£180.00 £105.00 £105.00 £50.00


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Registration, tea and coffee

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Psychiatry Section, Royal Society of Medicine


Professor George Ikkos, Director, Psychiatry in Dialogue with Neuroscience Medicine and Society, Psychiatry Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one: The brain and the social mind

The ecology of brain: Mental disorders as circular processes

Professor Thomas Fuchs, Psychiatrist and Philosopher, Psychiatric Clinic, University of Heidelberg

The 'social' in social science
Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Approaches to 'the social'

The 'social' in social neuroscience – critique and ways forward
Panel discussion

Professor Tom Burns, University of Oxford and Professor Kevin Gournay, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London

Question and answer session

Session three: Mental health services in context

Chair: Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The new social psychiatry? The Lancet Commission report on global mental health and sustainability

Professor Kam Bhui, Queen Mary, University of London

Cognitive neuroscience and social ideals

Alain Ehrenberg

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session four: Integrating social science, neuroscience and social psychiatry – ways forward

Chair: Professor George Ikkos

Conceptions of the social world in cognitive neuroscience

Professor Antonia Hamilton, Professor of Social Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

Question and answer session
Panel discussion
Concluding remarks

Professor Larry Ray and Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom