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The deadline for applications was 15.03.2023

Early research excellence must exist within the context of inclusivity. Although comprising only a small percentage (21%-29% in Germany), women contribute greatly to ongoing efforts in memory research. This event hopes to help you enhance both personal and professional development and learn additional skills. It aims to entice you to stay your path and enjoy the benfits of an academic career.

Come and learn what an academic career looks like and discover its advantages. During your week at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) you will participate in GEM 2023 where you will hear about the latest research in generative episodic memory, be given the opportunity to present your research and meet with female scientists from the field. Before and after GEM you'll be introduced to Bochum, the RUB and the FOR 2812 labs

Sounds exciting?

Participating Senior Scientists


Who can apply:

Women masters students in their final year of study and recently graduated masters 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 12 spots!

How to apply:

Send your application including a one page letter of motivation, a current CV, masters transcripts and a letter of recommendation from one of your professors. Your application should be sent, as a single PDF document, to Vinita Samarasinghe @ by March 15, 2023 with the subject line "WiMR - application". If you need child care or any other support please note this in your application.

Applications will be evaluated and ranked after the deadline has passed and notifications will be sent out by 31.03.2023. If you accept, you must register for GEM 2023.

What to expect from us:

We will provide bed and breakfast (single occupancy), cover travel costs (restrictions apply) and provide some meals. The program is offered in English.

What we expect from you:

You are present for all of the program and that you present your current research in the form of a poster at GEM 2023.

Tentative program

Morning Session Break Afternoon Session Evening



Meet and greet Lunch Keynote Talks Poster session Dinner




Talks Keynote Talks Keynote Poster



Keynote Talks Keynote Lunch Fireside Chat



Workshop: Skills for surviving your PhD studies Support structures for women Funding your PhD Botanical gardens Closing dinner



Lab tours


If you have any questions or need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Vinita Samarasinghe at or on +49 (0)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.


Universitätsstr. 150,
44801 Bochum, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)234 32 27996
Fax: +49 (0)234 32 14210