Women in Memory Research

In conjunction with International Women's Day the FOR 2812 is organising its first “Women in Memory Research” event from March 7-9, 2022.

The percentage of senior female university researchers in our field (in Germany) lies between 21% and 29%. Our goal is to increase these numbers! So come and learn what an academic career looks like at the Ruhr University Bochum and discover its advantages. You'll be introduced to the university and it's support structures, be able to participate in university wide programs, meet with female faculty, listen to some amazing scientific talks, present your research, and see what collaborative research looks like in the RUB memory research community.

Sounds exciting?

Who can apply: Female master’s students in their final year of study and recently graduated master’s students who are looking into an academic career in the area of memory research/neuroscience. Applicants must have excellent grades and be able to communicate in English. Selection of participants is competitive. We only have space for 12 participants!

How to apply: Send your application including a one page letter of motivation, a current CV, master’s transcripts and a letter of recommendation from one of your professors. Your application should be sent, as a single PDF document, to Vinita Samarasinghe @ for2812@rub.de by January 23, 2022. If you need child care or any other support please note this in your application.

What to expect: We will provide accommodation and cover travel costs of up to 500 Euro (some meals are included). The program will be offered in English; however, certain programs offered by the Ruhr University in conjunction with International Women's Day may be only available in German. You will be asked to present your current research in the form of a poster.

Contact: Vinita Samarasinghe, for2812@rub.de, Tel: +49 234 32 27996

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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