The Vision Sciences Society is a nonprofit membership organization of scientists who are interested in the functional aspects of vision. VSS was founded in 2001 with the main purpose of holding an annual meeting that brings together in one forum scientists from the broad range of disciplines that contribute to vision science, including visual psychophysics, neuroscience, computational vision and cognitive psychology. The scientific content of the meetings reflects the breadth of topics in modern vision science, from visual coding to perception, recognition and the visual control of action, as well as the recent development of new methodologies from cognitive psychology, computer vision and neuroimaging.
The Vision Sciences Society is committed to progress in understanding vision, and its relation to cognition, action and the brain. Our primary goal is to host a yearly meeting where both new and established investigators from diverse disciplines and scientific perspectives present and discuss their work in a relaxed informal setting. Our interdisciplinary nature is reflected by the Board of Directors and Abstract Review Committee.
US Executive Order on Travel Restrictions
Revised travel restrictions have just been announced. They include citizens of 6 out of the original 7 countries. The new regulations will no doubt also be subject to litigation, and may change. Meanwhile, VSS has considered several options to facilitate participation. It is not practical or indeed possible for VSS to move outside the US in the short term (citizens of the six countries who are currently in the US may not be allowed to return; VSS will lose a considerable amount for reneging on the current contract with the TradeWinds). VSS is eager to hear from any individuals who are unable to obtain a visa to attend the meeting, and is determined to ensure that those individuals are provided with some means to participate in the conference. It would be a pity if the administration’s policy ultimately succeeds in disrupting the free communication between vision scientists throughout the world.
VSS will continue to monitor developments and consider further actions to protest or respond to constraints on travel to the US. The business meeting will provide an opportunity for members to suggest specific actions.