GEM 2021 Generative Episodic memory: Interdisciplinary perspectives from neuroscience, psychology and philosophy. Feb. 16.-18.2021



GEM 2021 will be hosted completely virtually using the conference platform "Whova". Registrants will receive access within a week of the registration deadline.

This workshop is organized and funded by the DFG funded research group "Constructing scenarios of the past: A new framework in episodic memory" and is free of charge.


Episodic memories are widely regarded as memories of personally experienced events. Early concepts about episodic memory were based on the storage model, according to which experiential content is preserved in memory and later retrieved. However, overwhelming empirical evidence suggests that the content of episodic memory is – at least to a certain degree – constructed in the act of remembering. Even though very few contemporary researchers would oppose this view of episodic memory as a generative process, it has not become the standard paradigm of empirical memory research. This is particularly true for studies of the neural correlates of episodic memory. Further hindering progress are large conceptual differences regarding episodic memory across different fields, such as neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. This interdisciplinary workshop therefore aims to bring together researchers from all relevant fields to advance the state of the art in the research on generative episodic memory.

Keynote Speakers

PhD Symposium

The overarching goal of all activities surrounding GEM 2021 is to create synergies between people interested in the area of generative episodic memory from different fields of study. In order to do this it is vital that researchers at all levels are given the opportunity to present, share and discuss their research. The PhD symposium was envisioned to provide our junior researchers with this opportunity plus the ability to network with peers and learn about their work.

 "Call for papers" for the PhD Symposium closed on 30.11.2020.

When you register for GEM 2021 ("Registration" button above) you will be given the option to also register for the PhD symposium. 

Fireside Chat

All women attending the conference are invited to participate in a virtual fireside chat after the main workshop. The aim of this event is to provide junior female scientists with the opportunity to network with prominent female researchers from the field of episodic memory in an intimate atmosphere. 

Grab yourself some coffee and your favourite sweet (or savoury) snack and find out how to be successful in academia, what hurdles you may face and how to overcome the challenges posed. 

Prior registration is mandatory and the event is limited to 20 participants. You will be given the option to register for this event when you register for the conference. If you receive a spot we will notify you after registration has closed (31.01.2021).

The research unit FOR 2812 "Constructing scenarios of the past: A new framework in episodic memory" is a project funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The research unit studies the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms underlying scenario construction in episodic memory. We employ and integrate approaches from Philosophy, Psychology, and Experimental and Computational Neuroscience.


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