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Early Career Researcher Programs

PhD Symposium

The PhD symposium takes a new format in 2023!

Senior interdisciplinary memory researchers John Sutton (emeritus professor Macquarie University, Sydney; fellow Institute of Advanced Studies, Paris; FOR 2812 Mercator Fellow) and Ricarda Schubotz (professor University Munster; FOR 2812 PI) will give a short talk about their life's work which bridges philosophy, cognitive science and psychology. They will provide you with insights into the complicated world of interdisciplinary science. You are invited to discuss the trials and tribulations of an academic career, their inspirations, work life balance or any other topic that you've always wanted an answer to. You will also be given the opportunity to present your research in the form of a lightning talk. 

Take advantage of this unique experience by signing up when you register for the main conference. The PhD symposium takes place on the morning of June 12th. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. 

Fireside Chat

Our goal 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. Amoung our invited guests are Ali Boyle (LSE), Pernille Hemmer (Rutgers University), Peggy St. Jacques (University of Alberta) and Maria Wimber (University of Glasgow).
It will take place on campus at Beckmanns Hof.

Sign up when you register for the main conference. The fireside chat takes place immediately after the conclusion of GEM 2023 on June 14th ca. 13:30 - 15:30. Lunch is included. Space is limited and will be given out on a first come first serve basis. 

Financial Support

Thanks to the pandemic some of you early career researchers have missed out on the opportunity to exchange ideas and network with researchers outside of your home institutions. In an attempt to encourage you to get out and start building your networks we are offering travel support to selected applicants.

What is included: If you are chosen to receive this funding we will provide you with two nights accommodation (breakfast included) and your travel costs (restrictions apply) will be reimbursed.

Please note that we can only reimburse travel costs via bank transfer and cannot pay them in cash or by check. We will not be held responsible for any fees that your bank levies or fluctuations in exchange rates.

Application process: To apply please fill in the application form and send it via email to for2812+gem2023@rub.de by 15.03.2023

Eligibility: Early career researchers are defined as PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. Preference will be given to researchers whose abstracts are accepted for a talk (and then posters). Applicants must claim a need for financial support.

Waiting lists

Would you like to participate in the PhD Symposium or Fireside Chat, but it is booked out?

Please send an email to FOR2812+gem@rub.de with your email, as registered on conftool, and with the subject line "PhD Symposium - waiting list" or "Fireside Chat - waiting list" and we will add you to the respective waiting list. 

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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