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Registration and call for abstracts opens: 01.11.2022

GEM 2023 will be 100% in-person. We look forward to welcoming you in Bochum, Germany.

This conference is organized and funded by the DFG-funded research group FOR 2812 "Constructing scenarios of the past: A new framework in episodic memory". On-site childcare can be provided on request. Please request on registration. 

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 conference 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

Call for abstracts

We invite submissions for symposia, talks and posters. Please note that all presentations are in person.

Submission guidelines:

Abstracts must be submitted in English and be no longer than 500 words. Submitted work must be original and unpublished and submitted electronically at

Types of submissions:
  • Talks
  • Symposia: In addition to submitting individual talks there is also the option to submit a set of talks (henceforth called symposium). Symposia must be interdisciplinary in nature, i.e., they must contain talks from at least two of the following disciplines: computational neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and must comprises 3 talks. Please note that if one or more of the talks that make up the symposium are rejected the remaining talks are not automatically rejected. They will be scheduled into the general program by the program committee.
  • Posters

Please ensure that your files are in PDF format and are no larger than 10 MB.

Abstract submission deadlines [GMT +1 (CET)]:

Abstract submission – 15.03.2023

Notification of acceptance – 15.04.2023

Tentative program

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PhD symposium Keynote Talks Poster session



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Keynote Talks Keynote Fireside Chat

Women in Memory Research (WiMR)

Are you a university student and would you like to investigate the possibilities of becoming a memory researcher?

Come listen to some amazing scientific talks, present your research, learn about our universities support structures, meet prominent female scientists and get to talk to them about being a woman in science. You will also get to meet current early career researchers and visit the labs of the FOR 2812 projects. 

Our WiMR program is open to all women at the advanced bachelor or master level who are interested in episodic memory research/neuroscience. We will reimburse travel costs (restrictions apply) and provide accommodation (bed and breakfast single occupancy) from June 12. - 16. 2023.  

More information can be found on our Women in Memory Research page

Early Career Researcher Programs

Are you a PhD student or a postdoc? Then check out our programs for early career researchers.


If you have any questions or need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us at

Coordinator: Vinita Samarasinghe | +49 (0)234 32 27996 | NB3/73 Ruhr University Bochum

Speaker of FOR 2812: Sen Cheng 

Follow us on Twitter @DFG_FOR2812 or tag us #gem2023

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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