In 2008 the executive committee of the association was composed as follows: Michael Gazzaniga (Past-President), David Rosenthal (President), Giulio Tononi (President-Elect); and six Members-at-Large, Christof Koch, Alva Noë, Susana Martinez-Conde, Paula Droege, and John-Dylan Haynes. In 2007 Christof Koch took over as Director and Chair of the Board from Patrick Wilken.
ActivitiesSince 1997, the ASSC has organised annual conferences to promote interaction and spread knowledge of scientific and philosophical advances in the field of consciousness research. The 2008 meeting was organized by Allen Houng and Ralph Adolphs, and held between the 19th and 22nd of June at the Gis Convention Center, National Taiwan University in Taipei. The June 2009 meeting was held in Berlin, and organized by Patrick Wilken and Michael Pauen.
In addition to organizing annual meetings, the association promotes the academic study of consciousness in a number of other ways:
- The association published the open-access journal Psyche until 2010.
- The association provides a freely available e-print archive of papers relevant to the study of consciousness.
- the society also publishes occasional edited books on selected topics. To date three books have been published: Steven Laureys, ed. (2005). Progress in Brain Research, The boundaries of consciousness: neurobiology and neuropathology. Elsevier. ISBN 0-444-51851-7. ; Axel Cleeremans (Ed.), ed. (2003). The Unity of Consciousness: Binding, Integration, and Dissociation. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-850857-3. ; and Thomas Metzinger, ed. (2000). The Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Empirical and Conceptual Questions. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-13370-9. ;
- the society awards the annual William James Prize for an outstanding published contribution to the empirical or philosophical study of consciousness by a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar within five years of receiving a PhD or other advanced degree.