Future Meetings and Workshops


Research Workshop: Decision-Making in Voluntary Action was due to take place at University College London between 23-24th April 2020. This workshop will be reorganised for a future date and we will announce the new dates as soon as possible.

Voluntary agents are capable of meaningfully interacting with the environment to achieve their goals. Such ability crucially depends on the integration of endogenous intentions and desires with processing information and making decisions about the environment in which an agent dwells.

The aim of this two-day meeting is to bring together researchers from the fields of voluntary action control and decision-making to achieve a better understanding of how low-level perceptual decisions and higher-order intentional control processes interact in daily-life voluntary actions. The talks will cover a variety of topics, including the neural mechanisms underlying voluntary speed-accuracy trade-off regulation, disorders of voluntary action, the factors driving exploitatory vs exploratory behaviour and the neural mechanisms mediating the interaction between low-level perceptual processes and higher-order intentions. We hope that this workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers to share new ideas and perspectives across these domains, and to inspire new directions in how we think about voluntary action as the ability to endogenously regulate decision-making processes.


Places at this workshop are free of charge, but strictly limited, and attendees are expected to present a poster communicating some of their work on the theme of the workshop. If you would like attend, please fill out the form below, and include the title and abstract of the poster you wish to present.

If you have any questions, please contact the organisers at decision.action.workshop@gmail.com.

Organisers: Dr Elisabet Parés-Pujolràs and Dr Eoin Travers

EPS Meeting: University College London. 6-7th January 2021

Please note that we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 guidelines and will update with any changes if required.

The next scientific meeting of the EPS was scheduled to be held at University College London, in January 2021. Unfortunately, given government guidelines on large group meetings, and UCL’s current policies on hosting events we have made the decision to cancel this physical meeting, and instead will hold the January meeting online.

We plan to run the event over one and a half days, from lunchtime on Wednesday 6th January. The meeting will include the 9th EPS Frith Prize Lecture by Emma James and two special symposia; ‘Recognising words in context’, organised by Clare Lally and Kathy Rastle and ‘Acquiring new vocabulary through reading and listening’, organised by Jo Taylor.

We plan to use Zoom to host the event as a webinar and are working on ways to encourage more opportunities for interaction, including using ‘Gather’ for social interactions, video poster boards, a mentoring session and the annual AGM.

Online Meeting Programme

How to Engage with Poster Presenters

EPS Meeting: University of Plymouth. 14-16th April 2021

Please note that we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 guidelines and will update with any changes if required.

This meeting will include the 18th Mid-Career Prize Lecture by Matthew Rushworth with an accompanying symposium. This meeting will also include a British Science Association / EPS Undergraduate Project Prize talk by the 2020 winner, Lenard Dome of Plymouth University.

Local organiser: Alastair Smith

Research workshop: ‘Body-up’: Current trends and future directions on embodiment and social interaction. Perspectives from comparative, social & experimental psychology, neuroscience and new technologies.

To be held at the Department of Biological & Experimental Psychology, Queen Mary University of London, Spring/Summer 2021 (TBC).

The capacity to effectively interact with others in a multimodal and constantly changing world generates positive impact on social, emotional and physical well-being. Many factors including biology, genetics, developmental experience, technology and the environment influence cognitive processes underlying social interaction. Looking for a common denominator in these factors, researchers have turned to our bodies, and propositions that our sensory experiences and the way we perceive and use our own body is crucial for enhancing our ability to connect with ourselves, others and the world have recently found increasing acceptance. As such, embodied social interaction has gained a place in the research agenda across multiple domains including comparative, social, cognitive, and clinical branches of psychology, as well as neuroscience and computer science. Each discipline has its own insights and methods but a comprehensive overview of how the body contributes to social interaction is missing.

The future of research in embodied social interaction would have to integrate lab-based and field research, clinical approaches and the development of new technologies. This one-day research workshop aims to facilitate the dialogue between these approaches and contribute towards a comprehensive view of how embodied social cognition has evolved and developed across species, and how the body and multimodal communication relate to social interaction and can initiate positive social change.

The event will be open and free to researchers of all levels. We will invite abstract submissions for short talks and posters. Submissions will be reviewed and selected based on relevance and soundness.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
● Theoretical issues and empirical studies of social cognition and interaction (e.g., empathy, social learning, compassion, prosocial behaviour)
● Evolutionary perspectives in social cognition and communication
● Embodied social cognition
● Verbal and nonverbal communication (e.g., gestures)
● Body-ownership and agency
● Body-representations and self-recognition
● Interoception and intersubjective relations
● Technology-based approaches to study social interaction (e.g., virtual and immersive technologies)
● Therapeutical and clinical applications (e.g., aphasia, Parkinson’s, ASD)

Organiser: Paraskevi Argyriou

EPS Meeting: Nottingham Trent University. July 2021

This meeting will include the 48th Bartlett Lecture by Susan Carey (with an accompanying symposium organised by Josep Call). This meeting will also include the 27th EPS Prize Lecture by Camilla Gilmore (with an accompanying symposium organised by Silke Goebel), and the 28th EPS Prize Lecture by Sarah Lloyd-Fox, with an accompanying symposium. This meeting will also include a British Science Association / EPS Undergraduate Project Prize talk by the 2021 winner, Jessica Teed of Leeds University.

Local organiser: Duncan Guest

EPS Meeting: University College London. January 2022

Local organiser: to be advised

EPS Meeting: Keele University. April 2022

Local organiser: Jim Grange

EPS Meeting: University of Stirling. July 2022

Local organiser: to be advised