Joint Annual Conference of the BPS Developmental and Cognitive Sections

September 4th - 6th 2013


The University of Reading is delighted to host the joint Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Developmental and Cognitive Sections. Come and join us for lively debate and informative discussion at the frontiers of cognition and lifespan development. 

Keynote speakers

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 a varied and stimulating programme of symposia organised by leading researchers,  as well as individual papers, and over 160 posters. 

The Academic Programme can be downloaded here, the first session starts at 9.45am on Wednesday 4th September.

You can register for CogDev 2013, but note that accommodation will not be available. On-site registration does not include lunch. Prices are here.

Format of Talks

Standard oral presentations, either on their own, or in symposia, are for 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. (The sole exception being the 'No-Questions-Asked' format which is 8 minutes.)

Standard audio-visual facilities are available to all speakers. Check your talk first!

The University is a PC environment. If you use a Mac, please bring your own adapter.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT POSTER SIZE IS MAX 1m x 1m. THIS IS A BIT SMALLER THAN A0 (which is 1189 x 841 mm). You may wish to bring an A1 size poster, or alternatively you can use A0 portrait format but you will need to support the lower portion of the poster (because it will hang below the bottom of the poster board). Or you may want to trim 200mm off one side of your poster . A landscape A0 size poster is very unlikely to fit.

Registration and booking

Pre-registration closed at midnight on Thursday 22 August 2013. It is not now possible to book on-campus accommodation.

Location of the conference

All academic activities take place in the Palmer building of the University of Reading Whiteknights campus. For ease of understanding the main programme, we have designated rooms by letter. Keynotes will be given in the main Palmer Lecture Theatre, G.10 (designated 'A' in the programme), which is accessible at both ground and (especially for latecomers) mezzanine level.

Oral presentations will take place in Palmer G.10 Lecture Theatre ('A'), and on the first (mezzanine) floor: Rooms 1.02 ('B'), 1.03 ('C'), 1.04 ('D'), 1.05 ('E'), 1.07 ('F') and 1.09 ('G').

Poster sessions will take place in rooms G.01-G.05 which are opened into a single space on the ground floor of the Palmer Building.

Student bursaries

These bursaries are made available through the generosity of the Cognitive and Developmental Sections, and are for up to £250 each.

Twenty-four student bursaries were awarded: eight for Cognitive Section members, and 16 for Developmental Section members.

A list of bursary winners is available here.

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 for a bursary, you must already be a member of the relevant BPS Section.

If you won a bursary, you must register your attendance at the conference using a special form, which has been emailed to you. If you have not had the email, check your autospam, then contact us at The first £250 of your attendance fee will be covered by the bursary. Do not register using the online system because it will not deduct the bursary!

Meet the Experts

On the Wednesday and Thursday of the conference, we will facilitate lunches for students and junior researchers to meet senior researchers. See programme document for details. Email to register interest in these events. 

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 canapés 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. 

Entertainments and dancing

Unfortunately, we have had to limit the number of tickets for the dinner. BUT the good news is that all are invited to the Entertainments and Dancing which follows. This takes place in 3Sixty[GS1] [GS2]


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.


Getting to Reading

Detailed instructions are at The conference postcode is RG6 6UR.

(Drivers please note, whatever your satnav says, vehicular access is only from Shinfield Rd or Pepper Lane.) There are campus maps at There will be signage showing 'CogDev 2013 Conference' as well as stewards wearing green t-shirts to help delegates.

If arriving by train (or Rail Air bus link): There are buses that come directly onto campus from Reading station. The bus stop is at the side of the station next to the Rail Air stop. The buses are numbers, 20, 21 and 21a. The bus fare is £1.80 and you need the correct change.
Alternatively there is a taxi rank outside of the main exit from the station on the left, the price of a journey to campus is about £8.


A map of the campus can be downloaded here[GS3]  (and will be found on the back cover of your printed programme).


Try consulting the programme document[GS4] , this may well answer your queries. If not, email


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Palmer Building
University of Reading

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