Future Meetings and Workshops


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, Summer/Autumn 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: University College London. January 2022.

This meeting is scheduled to include the 49th Bartlett Lecture by Chris Frith (with an accompanying symposium organised by Stephen Fleming), the 19th Mid-Career Lecture by Michael Anderson (with an accompanying symposium organised by Pierre Gagnepain) and the 28th EPS Prize Lecture by Sarah Lloyd-Fox (with an accompanying symposium organised by Mark Johnson). 

Local Organiser: Jo Taylor


EPS Meeting: Keele University. April 2022.

This meeting is scheduled to include the 20th Mid-Career Lecture by Kate Nation (with an accompanying symposium) and the 10th Frith Prize Lecture by Jennifer Murphy. In addition, we will be opening a portal for members and their guests to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

Local Organiser: Jim Grange


EPS Meeting: University of Stirling. July 2022.

This meeting is scheduled to include the 50th Bartlett Lecture by Melvyn Goodale (with an accompanying symposium) and the 29th EPS Prize Lecture by Catherine Manning (with an accompanying symposium). In addition, we will be opening a portal for members and their guests to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

Local Organiser: Peter Hancock


EPS Meeting: University College London. January 2023.

Local Organiser: TBC


EPS Meeting: University of Plymouth. April 2023.

Local Organiser: Alastair Smith


EPS Meeting: Swansea University. July 2023.

Local Organiser: Jeremy Tree


EPS Meeting: University College London. January 2024.

Local Organiser: TBC


EPS Meeting: Nottingham Trent University. April 2024.

Local Organiser: Duncan Guest


EPS Meeting: University of York. July 2024.

Local organiser: Aidan Horner


EPS Meeting: University College London. January 2025.

Local Organiser: TBC


EPS Meeting: TBC. April 2025.

Local Organiser: TBC


EPS Meeting: TBC. July 2025.

Local organiser: TBC