XXIII ICIS 2022 Developmental Cascades

Join us in Ottawa, Canada

July 7 – 10, 2022

Accommodating concerns around COVID

ICIS Members:

As you know, we planned an in-person conference for 2022 with recordings of talks available so our entire membership would have access to the invited program. We considered an option of hybrid meetings over a year ago, and determined that: (1) our primary goal—after hearing from many members who expressed a desire to be in person—was to do all we could to ensure the success of an in-person meeting; and (2) the costs and logistics of a hybrid meeting were beyond our budget and support in part because of the WIFI bandwidth needed to support such a meeting. (Note, we are happy to report over 700 members will be in attendance in Ottawa!)

However, a handful of members raised concerns about what would happen if unforeseen circumstances arise that prevent them from presenting in person (e.g., they contract COVID right before traveling, or, even at the conference). We want to be sure to be responsive to our membership and accommodate such situations; and we do not want any member who has COVID to feel pressured to present in person.

Thus, we will allow pre-recorded talks for anyone who has registered for ICIS and: (1) tests positive within the 5- to 10-day quarantine period before the July 7th start of Ottawa pre-conferences; or (2) is already in attendance at ICIS and contracts COVID at the conference. Of course, it remains an option for the scheduled presenter to have someone else present on their behalf (e.g., another speaker or the chair of the session). In the event that this occurs, please contact the session chair to make arrangements (to give a pre-recorded talk or for someone else to present your talk).

We hope that this accommodation by our conference organizing committee addresses any concerns, and we look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!


We also wanted to help everyone understand why we have adopted the “masks strongly recommended” policy for the conference. First, we want to be clear that we expect that everyone will wear their high-quality N-95 or KN-95 mask throughout their time inside the hotel and whenever they come close to others. Please bring such a mask with you to Ottawa.

However, we have no mechanism through which to mandate mask-wearing. ICIS is being held in a hotel, a city, a province, and a country all without mask mandates, so it is really not something we are in a position to do, legally. If someone chooses not to wear a mask, we cannot force them to do so or even ask them to leave if they have paid their conference registration. That said, we (the conference organizers and Podium staff) will all be wearing our masks and we can all work together to make that the social norm for all of ICIS. Those of us who are psychologists know how strong those social norms can be! Ottawa weather is supposed to be beautiful while we are there, so spending time outside for brief breaks from mask-wearing throughout the day should be feasible.

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you (masks on!) in Ottawa!

Amy Needham, Jessica Sommerville, Melissa Libertus, and Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

Congress Overview

The 2022 Congress will be held in Ottawa, Canada. Ottawa is the picturesque capital city of Canada and sits at the confluence of 3 major rivers. We will meet at the Westin Ottawa, which is located in the heart of the city and a short walk to museums, historical and cultural landmarks, national attractions, and restaurants offering a range of cuisines.

The invited program will center on the theme of Developmental Cascades. In recent years, researchers have advanced an understanding of intersections among behaviors, abilities and processes at multiple levels of analysis (biological, neural, behavioral, environmental, cultural), across different domains (motor, language, social, emotional, etc.), and across time (from prenatal development through early childhood). Such Developmental Cascades continue to elucidate previously unsuspected causal links and co-dependencies among seemingly disparate processes. By highlighting current research on Developmental Cascades, we aim to spark new ideas, invigorate researchers in their own work, and advance fresh perspectives on the science and reach of infancy.

View our COVID-19 policy document below


Key Dates

*key dates subject to change


September 13, 2021
Call for all submissions

December 12, 2021
Deadline for submissions

January 1, 2022
Membership year begins

Travel Awards

February 22, 2022
Travel & merit award
applications open

March 22, 2022
Travel & merit award
applications close

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May 2, 2022
Early registration deadline

June 2, 2022
Regular registration deadline

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July 7, 2022
ICIS 2022 pre-conference workshops day

July 8 – 10, 2022
ICIS 2022 in Ottawa, Canada

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