Important COVID-19 Information Regarding HBES Activities

The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing situation that is causing much uncertainty for universities and scientific societies. The HBES Executive Council is continuously monitoring the situation and will communicate with the membership as new updates become available. Below, we have important information regarding upcoming HBES activities. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.


HBES 2020

Dear HBES Community:

Following discussion with the HBES Executive Council, HBES 2020 in Detroit is cancelled. This is due to the current global spread of COVID-19 and uncertainty regarding public health and travel in the foreseeable months. All HBES 2020 conference registration fees will be refunded via PayPal. Abstract submissions have not been reviewed and will not be carried forward to the 2021 conference.

This decision was difficult to make but we and the HBES Executive Council felt it is the responsible course of action. We apologize for any inconvenience and are deeply disappointed that there will be no HBES conference this year. HBES 2021 will be in Palm Springs, California.

Please contact us at with any questions.


Todd Shackelford and Viviana Weekes-Shackelford



HBES Funding Grants

Dear HBES Community:


Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, HBES will not be entertaining or funding proposals for the spring deadlines which include the General Funding Grant (due May 1) or the Student Funding Grant (due March 31). We apologize for any inconvenience this causes for event planning. We will reevaluate the fall deadline for the General Funding Grant (due Nov 1) and communicate with the membership when new updates are available.


Please contact HBES President Leda Cosmides with any questions,



HBES Executive Council