Future Meetings and Workshops

EPS meeting: University of Leicester. 18-20 April 2018

The programme for this meeting is available here: Leicester Programme

Bookings for the Conference Meal have now closed.

This meeting will include the Sixteenth Mid-Career Lecture by Professor Neil Burgess with an accompanying symposium organised by Aidan Horner entitled: ‘Spatial memory from neurophysiology to PTSD‘.

The Twenty Fifth EPS Prize Lecture by Professor Courtenay Norbury will also take place at this meeting, with an accompanying symposium: ‘New insights into child language and language disorders‘ organised by Kathy Rastle.

There will also be a local symposium organised by Kevin Paterson and Sarah White: ‘Developments in eye movement research on reading across the lifespan‘.

Local organisers Kevin Paterson and Sarah White

Abstract submissions for this meeting are now full


Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Research Workshop: Gesture and technology. To be held at University of Warwick. 3 June 2018

Over the past decade, technologies such as motion trackers (e.g., Kinect, Leap Motion) and Virtual Reality headsets (e.g., Oculus Rift) have become increasingly accessible and affordable. However, such technologies have yet to be introduced in gesture studies, and gesture studies are often neglected in the development of applications for these technologies. For this workshop, gesture is defined as movement of the hands, body, head, and face. In gesture studies, the meaning of these movements is often studied in the context of communication. We will realise an interdisciplinary workshop that brings together gesture researchers and researchers who develop and work with advanced technologies to start the discussion of how such existing technologies could advance gesture studies, and how gesture studies can contribute to the development of useful applications. One could think of a body tracking system for patient monitoring to improve healthcare, or immersive learning experiences with augmented reality and gesture control for education. The workshop is open to researchers at all levels (EPS members and non-EPS members) and will enrich the gesture research community in the United Kingdom.

For more details: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/psych/research/language/gesture2018

Organisers: Sotaro Kita and Suzanne Aussems


Research Workshop: The future of social cognition. To be held at Julian Study Centre, University of East Anglia. 14-15 June 2018

The workshop brings together scholars from across psychology whose work is driving forward our understanding of social cognition. Recent research on social cognition has benefitted from theoretical and methodological integration from other areas of psychology. The workshop will therefore showcase the exciting work of researchers from experimental social psychology, cognitive neuroscience and related traditions. It is hoped that this forum will help to highlight opportunities for future advances for the field as it tackles core questions underpinning human social cognition and behaviour.

For more details: https://thefutureofsocialcognition.weebly.com

Organisers: Andrew Bayliss and Natalie Wyer


Research Workshop: We are open! Reproducibility and replicability in psychology and experimental philosophy. To be held at University College London. 14-16 June 2018

The main aim of the Workshop ” Open Science, Open Philosophy?” is to bring together psychologists, philosophers and cognitive scientists who aim to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of their research. The conference will introduce concepts and methods of open science to an interdisciplinary audience working on psychological and philosophical topics, and provide a platform for debate around replicability and reproducibility. By organising this workshop, our aim is to foster a more reflective attitude towards research in the empirical sciences and philosophy, and to stimulate methodological improvements.

Organisers: David Shanks, David Lagnado and Pascale Willemson


Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Research Workshop: Metacognition of action, cause and effect. To be held at University College London. 21-22 June 2018

Metacognition — the ability to monitor and evaluate one’s own cognitive processes — is key to many aspects of human cognition and behaviour. It allows us to evaluate our performance and detect when we have made a mistake, to assess our own knowledge state in an uncertain world, and to use that information in order to guide our future actions and decisions.

This two-day workshop brings together researchers interested in the metacognitive aspects of how we act on, and interact with, the world around us. This is a broad topic, ranging from counterfactual reasoning about what might have been had we acted differently, to sense of agency, ownership, and control over our own actions, to how we monitor and represent our confidence in our own perceptions and actions, to how we learn about the world by intervening upon it. As such, 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 metacognition and action.

For more details: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/action-and-body-lab/workshop/

Organisers: Brianna Beck and Eoin Travers


Research Workshop: The multi-faceted body: Updates into body representation and embodiment. To be held at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. 29 June 2018

Whatever object we might encounter in our life, our encounter with our own body is never the same. It might not be surprising therefore, that few issues in experimental psychology have encountered such interest as how the brain represents our body.

No comprehensive view has developed on how the brain represents the body. This might be related to the methodological constraints in researching this area: as William James stated ” our body is always there”. Additionally, there has always been a scarce dialogue between different approaches in the study of body representation. Remarkably, however, the future of research in body representation would have to integrate lab-based research, clinical approaches and the development of new technologies, such as virtual reality embodiment.

A novel focus within the workshop will be to treat body representation with a multidisciplinary multifaceted approach, organizing a network between experts with the aim of communicating findings and sharing paradigms, considering the needs of the different settings, and finally promoting awareness in other disciplines.

For more details: https://bodyrepresentation.wixsite.com/brnet

Organisers: Elisa Ferre, Anna Sedda and Gianna Cocchini


EPS/CSBBCS Meeting: St John’s, Canada. 4-7 July 2018

Background information about the July meeting can be found here: https://www.csbbcs.org/csbbcs-2018

In liaison with CSBBCS, we anticipate that the submission portal for this meeting will open sometime week beginning 12 February. This has been slightly delayed due to technical issues.

The programme is likely to fill and submissions close before the Leicester meeting, in order to permit travel arrangements and meeting organisation. EPS members are advised to plan in advance for this meeting by preparing possible presentation material. More information will be provided to members as it becomes available.

The EPS will be sponsoring the following two symposia:

Interactions between selective attention and working memory‘ organised by Martin Eimer.

Experimental evidence of the interdependence between cognition and the social environment‘ organised by Doug Martin.

Here is the reservation link to make online reservations: Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Delta Hotels St. John’s Conference Centre for 204.00 CAD  – 224.00 CAD  per night

Book your group rate for Canadian Society of Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science 

If you would like to stay in the residences at the university (about 3.5 KM from the hotel), you can book a dorm style room here: http://www.mun.ca/conferences/bookings/index.php.

There are many other accommodation possibilities available–check out http://destinationstjohns.com/. Please note that July is the height of the tourist season so book early. Also, please note that if you are planning on traveling around the province, make those reservations early as well. There are usually more tourists than accommodations available, so booking early is essential.

Rental cars. If you would like to rent a car, please do it early (maybe right now!). There can be a shortage of rental cars in the summer. Cars can be reserved at the airport: http://stjohnsairport.com/to-from-airport/ground-transportation/car-rentals/

Submissions. Due to technical issues CSBBCS now anticipate the submission portal will open sometime beginning 12 February. The site will  close at the end of April. There will be 5 types of presentations: Invited addresses, invited symposia, symposia, individual talks, and posters.

Travel. For participants from the UK, there are direct flights from both Gatwick (WestJet) and Heathrow (Air Canada), as well as a direct flight from Dublin (WestJet). When making travel plans, be sure your destination is St. John’s International Airport, airport code YYT, and NOT Saint John Airport, airport code YSJ, which is in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Local organiser Aimee Surprenant with liaison through Dr Anna Weighall


Research Workshop: Mapping the future for poor comprehender research: Taking stock and moving forward. To be held at University of York. 6-7 September 2018

Organiser: Jessie Ricketts


EPS Meeting: University College London. 3-4 January 2019

This meeting will include the Seventeenth Mid-Career Lecture by Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph with an accompanying symposium organised by Beth Jefferies.

There will also be a local symposium organised by James Bisby.

Local organiser: James Bisby


EPS Meeting: University of Manchester. April 2019

This meeting will include the Twenty Sixth EPS Prize Lecture by Dr Richard Cook with an accompanying symposium organised by Katie Gray.

There will also be a local symposium organised by Andrew Stewart and Ellen Poliakoff.

Local organisers: Andrew Stewart and Ellen Poliakoff


EPS Meeting: Bournemouth University. 10-12 July 2019

This meeting will include the Forty Seventh Frederic Bartlett Lecture by Professor Dorothy Bishop with an accompanying symposium.

There will also be a local symposium organised by Peter Hills and Andy Johnson.

Local organisers: Peter Hills and Andy Johnson


EPS Meeting: University College London. January 2020


Local organiser: to be advised


EPS Meeting: Peking University, Beijing, China. Easter 2020


For enquiries about opportunities to develop this meeting please contact Simon Liversedge (spliversedge@uclan.ac.uk)