GEM 2023 Recap

GEM 2023 took place from the 12th to the 14th June 2023. It featured 6 keynote speakers, 24 contributed talks and 2 poster session. Across the 3 days, researchers at various stages of their careers presented and discussed the latest research in generative episodic memory. The blending of different disciplines, philosophy, psychology and neuroscience, created a platform for interdisciplinary exchange, and provided participants with a rich and dynamic experience.

A highlight for us as organizers was the interdisciplinary discourse. Scientists across different  disciplines were fully engaged during presentations even when it was outside their own field. Philosophers passed by computational neuroscience posters, experimenters discussed philosophical matters, people mixed and mingled and discussed. New networks were built, ideas for collaborations were formed, and future next visits were planned.

The support from established researchers for our Women in Memory Research awardees, our PhD symposium and our fireside chat were amazing.

To put it in John Sutton’s words “Fab students, postdocs, colleagues, women in science initiative, pluralistic & supportive!” @SuttonProfessor. Twitter.

Or in the words of Scott Cole, “A super inspiring conference bringing together computational neuroscientists, philosophers and lowly cognitive psychs like me! Looking forward to the next GEMemory conference” @ScottColePsych. Twitter.

We too are looking forward to hosting GEM in 2025 here in Bochum.

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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