Important Information for joint CPS/EPS Meeting in Beijing: April 3-5 2020

This joint meeting will take place at Peking University, China, between Friday 3rd April and Sunday 5th April 2020. The meeting will include the 18th EPS Mid-Career Lecture by Matthew Rushworth and an associated symposium organised by Xiaohong Wan.

It also includes eight EPS-funded symposia:

This meeting also ilso includes eight EPS-funded symposia:

Perception in Virtual Worlds (Markus Bindemann)
Speakers: Markus Bindemann, Li Li, Paul Warren and Tian Ye

How do children learn new words when they are reading? (Hazel Blythe)
Speakers: Tuomo Häikiö, Hong Li, Fei Fei Liang and Xenia Schmalz

Social Cognition Across the Lifespan (Elisabeth Bradford)
Speakers: Elisabeth Bradford, Yulu Chen, Yanjie Su and Jessica Wang

New advances in language alignment during interaction (Holly Branigan)
Speakers: Riccardo Fusaroli, Jian Huang, Caroline Rowland and Min Wang

Beyond the language given: how people decode indirect messages in communication (Mingyuan Chu)
Speakers: Mingyuan Chu, Ruth Filik, Peter Hagoort and Xiaolin Zhou

Sensorimotor cognition (Patrick Haggard)
Speakers: Patrick Haggard, Asifa Majid, Liping Wang and Wen Wen

Face recognition in real world tasks (Kay Ritchie)
Speakers: William Hayward, Janet Hsiao, Kay Ritchie and Alice Towler

Interrogating the nature of spoken and written language representations in typical and atypical populations using neuroimaging (Jo Taylor)
Speakers: Yanchao Bi, Urs Maurer, Kathy Rastle and Jo Taylor

The submission registration page for EPS members and those requiring EPS sponsorship for this meeting can be found here.  

Portal submissions for oral and poster abstracts for EPS Beijing are now closed.

Visa to China

Members wishing to attend the conference need to apply for a F Visa (issued by the Chinese Embassy). In order for a visa to be issued, a passport with at least 6 months’ validity and at least two blank visa pages is required. Visas will cost approximately £150 and the application process can take some time (usually up to three weeks), though visas can be obtained within 48 hours if absolutely necessary (though be aware that fast issue visas will cost more).

In order to obtain a visa, individuals will be required to attend a visa issue office (Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Manchester) and provide finger prints. Our STRONG advice is that those planning to attend the conference sort out their visa requirements at the earliest opportunity.

In order for a visa to be issued, each applicant will need to supply the information listed on the Chinese Embassy website along with a letter of invitation that will be supplied individually by our Chinese hosts. In order for our hosts to provide an invitation letter, delegates will need to provide the following information on our registration page:

Full name
As written on your passport.
Date of birth
As written on your passport.
Nationality and passport number
If you have dual citizenship, you will need to provide details from both/all of your passports.
Position and University
Postdoctoral Researcher, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor.
Dates of visit
Arrival date in China and departure date from China – these do not need to be exact, but the period of the visit should fall between them and the duration of the visit should be close to that specified in the dates.

The deadline for attendees to submit visa information via the registration form is January 15th 2020. This is to ensure that the invitation letters required for a visa application can be provided.

Meeting Accommodation at Peking University

We have reserved rooms under a block booking at the Zhongguan Xinyuan Global Village, Peking University. The hotel offers Western style high quality accommodation at a reasonable price. We strongly recommend that those attending the conference reserve accommodation in the conference hotel through the registration form. Details of the conference hotel can be found here: Zhongguan Xinyuan Global Village, Peking University

Please do not book via the link provided. Our Chinese hosts will reserve rooms based on the information provided through the registration form. Payment will be made upon arrival.

Standard Queen Room with one double bed (approx. £65.00 per night).

Deluxe Twin Room with two single beds (approx. £65.00 per night).

A Family Suite with a double bed and lounge area is available for approx. £99. If an extra bed is required in the Family Suite, then there is an additional charge of £22.

If you wish to reserve accommodation at this hotel charged at a reduced conference rate, please indicate your preferences on the online registration form.

If you wish to cancel your booking, you will need to inform the EPS at before midnight (GMT) on February 12th 2020. Any notices to cancel following this time will be charged the full rate.

Arrival at Beijing Airport

If EPS delegates travelling to the conference would like to be met by student helpers at Beijing Capital International Airport (the main airport in Beijing and the airport nearest to Peking University), then we require your incoming flight details when these are available. Please indicate your preference on the registration form.

We will then ensure that student helpers will be in the arrival hall to meet colleagues and help them take transport to the hotel from the airport.

We will also provide a “printable sign” detailing the hotel, its address and location on Peking University campus in Chinese. Alongside this, we will provide detailed maps of the area / hotel location / conference venue in relation to the local underground stations nearer the time.

Conference Banquet

We will be jointly hosting a Conference Banquet with the Chinese Psychological Society on the evening of Saturday 4th April 2020. The anticipated cost for this banquet is £40 per person (£20 for graduate students).

Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to attend this Conference Banquet. You will be invoiced for the banquet in advance, so no payment is needed until you receive the invoice.

Grindley Grants

The deadline for Grindley Grants for EPS Beijing has now passed.

If you have any queries, please email us at

The EPS is pleased to offer a limited number of enhanced Grindley Grants to support postgraduate research degree students and postdoctoral researchers (within 2 years of completing their PhD) attending this meeting. The maximum value of these grants is £1,000, to cover travel and accommodation. Applicants should use the standard form, and submit to the EPS Administrator.

If you plan to apply for an enhanced Grindley Grant, please do not book / pay for anything until after the grant has been awarded.

It is a requirement that applicants for these enhanced Grindley Grants have been accepted to present a research talk or poster at the Beijing meeting.