Joint Annual Conference of the BPS Developmental and Cognitive Sections
September 4th - 6th 2013
The School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, at the University of Reading, is delighted to host the joint Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Developmental and Cognitive Sections in September 2013. Come and join us for lively debate and informative discussion at the frontiers of cognition and lifespan development. Our innovative programme encourages new presentation formats, and includes pre- and post-conference workshops from experts in relevant areas. We are delighted to announce that we have four excellent keynote speakers who are international experts in their fields.
We invite you to join us on the attractive University of Reading campus, recently voted as one of the top three ‘best green spaces in the UK' (November 2012). Accommodation is in a new building with ensuite bedrooms and shared kitchen areas, a short stroll from the Conference arena in the Palmer Building.
Professor Susan Gathercole
MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Professor Mark Seidenberg
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Michael Tomasello
Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem
Institute of Child Health, UCL
We have Invited Symposia organised by leading researchers, including Andy Bremner, Marc Brysbaert, Tony Charman, Gareth Gaskell, Denis Mareschal, Lynne Murray and Kate Nation.
The call for abstracts has now closed. We received an unprecedented response – over 450 submissions. First authors of all submissions have been contacted. If you are a first author, and have not heard from us, please check your spam filter and then email email@example.com.
The draft Academic Programme is available here. Note that it is preliminary at this stage, and we reserve the right to move sessions around – though of course we will try not to.
We hope you will agree that CogDev 2013 looks like a very exciting conference. Unusually, there is a possibility that it will sell out. We would therefore encourage you to book early. Registration (via BPS website) includes lunch, with options for accommodation on campus, with all meals included.
Registration and booking
These conferences are historically all-inclusive: as a minimum, registration includes lunch and refreshments. Most delegates will choose to book packages, thereby having all meals and accommodation taken care of.
All purchases, bookings, and registration are handled by the British Psychological Society. For more information, and to book, please see BPS pages here. These pages include details of accommodation costs, prices of packages with and without accommodation, and allow you to reserve conference dinner and entertainment (which will be strictly first-come-first-served).
Students who are BPS members will find that joining their BPS Section pays for itself immediately, through preferential registration rates. Visit the relevant Developmental or Cognitive Section pages to join these Sections.
Details of the conference programme will appear here in due course. The first session starts at 9:45am on Wednesday 4th Sept, and the final session finishes at 6:00pm on Friday 6th Sept.
CogDev 2013 is attracting satellite meetings which will be of interest to delegates. We will put links to these below, as they develop.
Reading Emotions - Reward and Social Learning:
PsyPAG preconference workshop
A preconference workshop for postgraduate students will be held on Tuesday 3rd September.
‘Advice on Getting Published’ with Q&A session
Prof Margaret Harris (Editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology)
Prof Robert Johnson (Past Editor of Visual Cognition)
‘From PhD to Academia: Early stages of your Career’ with Q&A session
Dr Dan Lamport, University of Reading
Dr Claire Monks, University of Greenwich
Dr Alana James, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Bhismadev Chakrabarti, University of Reading
Dr Nicholas Holmes, University of Reading
‘PhD BugBears’ – Informal discussion with refreshments
For more information, contact CogDevPGWorkshop@gmail.com
Sign up here
Accommodation, location, environment
Details of our modern, hotel-style accommodation and other practical details can be found here
A maximum of twenty-four (24) student bursaries are available for bona fide undergraduate or postgraduate students (8 for Cognitive Section members, and 16 for Developmental Section members). These bursaries are made available through the generosity of the Cognitive and Developmental Sections, and are for up to £250 each.
Bursaries cover registration (including accommodation packages). If you are awarded a bursary, up to £250 will be deducted from your registration fee.
To be eligible to apply for a bursary, you must already be a member of the relevant BPS Section.
Criteria for award of bursaries are as follows:
1. Scientific quality of the abstract for which the bursary is requested.
2. Relevance of the work described to the aims of the relevant BPS Section and to the conference in general.
3. Distance to be travelled to the conference (based on home institution).
To apply for a bursary, fill in the relevant fields immediately below your abstract on the relevant abstract submission form.
There are also student bursaries available for those who live in the BPS Wessex branch area (roughly, the south of England from Dorset to East Sussex in the east and north as far as Berkshire, including the Isle of Wight). Please visit the Wessex Branch website for more details.
Meet the Experts
On the Wednesday and Thursday of the conference, we will facilitate lunches for students and junior researchers to meet senior researchers. A sign-up system will operate in the conference registration area.
Conference social programme
Wine Reception 4th September
There will be a Wine Reception for all delegates on Wednesday 4th September.
Conference Dinner 5th September
The Conference Dinner and Entertainment will be held on the evening of Thursday 5th September, between 7pm and 1am, with a theme of 'Traditional English Entertainments'.
The evening will kick off with canapes and a glass of something English. There will be a display of Morris dancing (participation not required, but be prepared to be surprised!) followed by a buffet meal of locally-sourced foods. The meal will be served with a choice of wine, cider, or beer. More details of the menu here.
After the meal, there will be some traditional English domestic entertainments, provided by Alva (feat. Giles Lewin of the Carnival Band) followed by dancing to the highly-respected Country and Ceilidh band Diatonics.
The dinner venue for this evening is the lovely Meadow Suite, which puts us right in the middle of the campus parkland, and in the case of fine weather, will allow some of the music and dancing to take place outside.
The cost of each Dinner and Entertainment ticket is £40. Places are limited and will be available on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.
Flexible, Ofsted-registered childcare is available over the duration of the conference. The popular Little Learners is a well-established professional nursery which can look after children between the ages of 3 months and 7 years 11 months. 'Occasional Care' plans are available at hourly rates for younger children (3 months - 5 years); school-age children of 4 to 7 years can be looked after in half-day sessions. Little Learners is a couple of minutes' walk from the conference venue and the accommodation.
Contact Maria Reed at the Nursery, and mention CogDev 2013.