The conference program will be available from late August / early September 2020.

Invited Speakers

Sigrid Blömeke

University of Oslo, Norway

Keynote Lecture:

Structure, predictors and outcomes of teacher competence across subjects and school levels

About the Speaker:
Dr. Sigrid Blömeke is Professor and Director of the Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO). After her Habilitation in Educational Sciences in 2001, she was Associated Professor of Educational Sciences at University of Hamburg, Full Professor of Instructional Research at Humboldt-University of Berlin (2002-2007, 2009-2014), and Visiting Professor of Competence Measurement at Michigan State University (2007-2009). Her specialization is the development, psychometric examination, and application of standardized large-scale assessments of teachers' knowledge, skills and attitudes with the objective to examine effects of teacher education, teachers, and teaching on cognitive and affective-motivational student outcomes. Her projects included several subjects (mathematics, English, German), teacher groups (preschool, primary and lower-secondary teachers), testing formats (paper-and-pencil tests, video-based testing, classroom observation tools), and study designs (cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, international comparisons).

Linda Ng Boyle

University of Washington, United States of America

Keynote Lecture:
Human Factors and Transportation: Designing for all road users

About the Speaker:
Linda Ng Boyle is Professor and Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Washington (UW). She has a joint appointment in Civil & Environmental Engineering. She is the director of the Human Factors and Statistical Modeling Lab at the UW, where she and her students study factors that impact road user safety and driver-vehicle interactions.  She has authored over 150 scientific articles, book chapters, and technical reports. She is a co-author of the textbook, Designing for People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering.


Christian Doeller

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norway

Keynote Lecture:
Cognitive Spaces

About the Speaker:
Christian Doeller is Director of the Department of Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, and is affiliated with the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. He received his undergraduate training in psychology and computer science at several German Universities (Würzburg, Humboldt University Berlin and Bonn). After finishing his PhD in Saarbrücken, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, UK before he was appointed as Principal Investigator and Associate Professor at the Donders Institute at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Soon after, he became Director of the Braathen-Kavli Centre at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Professor of Medicine & Neuroscience at NTNU in Trondheim.

'What are the key coding principles of the brain enabling human thinking?' is the fundamental question in cognitive neuroscience. To tackle this largely unanswered question the Doeller lab uses two model systems: human memory and the neural population code for space.

Paul Gill

University College London

Keynote Lecture:
Profiling Terrorists

About the Speaker:

Paul Gill is a Professor of Security and Crime Science at University College London. He co-leads a research group focused upon the behavioural underpinnings of terrorism. He was won over £9 million in research grants from funders such as the European Research Council, CREST, Department of Homeland Security and National Institute of Justice. He has published in leading psychology, criminology, political science and general science journals.

Gabriella Harari

Stanford University

Keynote Lecture:
Personality Sensing: A New Frontier for Psychological Research in the Digital Age

About the Speaker:
Dr. Gabriella Harari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, where she leads the Media and Personality Lab. Her research examines how personality is expressed in physical and digital contexts in everyday life. In particular, she studies what digital technologies (e.g., smartphones, social media) reveal about personality, and how digital technologies are changing personality. Dr. Harari completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship and earned her PhD at the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her BA in Psychology & Humanities from Florida International University, where she was also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Her work has been published in academic outlets such as Perspectives in Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT).

Michael Heidelberger

University of Tübingen, Germany

Keynote Lecture:
Vortrag anlässlich des 100. Todesjahres von Wilhelm Wundt

Christine Knaevelsrud

Freie Universität Berlin

Keynote Lecture:
Refugee mental health - clinical perspectives and new directions in mental health interventions

About the Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Christine Knaevelsrud is a full professor for clinical psychology at the Freie University in Berlin. Psychology Bachelor/Master in Amsterdam (Netherland) and New York (US), PhD at the University of Zurich (Amsterdam). She is a licensed therapist in cognitive behavioral therapy. Her main areas of research are trauma-related disorders, forced migration and digitally based interventions. She is a member of the national guideline committee for the treatment of PTSD and has been Vice-president of the German Society of post traumatic stress studies. For a work she received a number of awards as for a example the Diotima Honorary Award of the German Psychotherapeutic Association."

Theresa Marteau

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Keynote Lecture:
Changing Minds about Changing Behaviour

About the Speaker:
Professor Theresa Marteau is Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit in the Clinical School at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge

Her research interests include:

* Development and evaluation of interventions to change behaviour - principally diet, tobacco and alcohol consumption - to improve population health and reduce health inequalities, with a particular focus on targeting non-conscious processes* Risk perception and communication, particular of biomarker-derived risks, and their weak links with behaviour change* Acceptability to publics and policy makers of government intervention to change behavior

Josef Perner

University of Salzburg, Austria

Keynote Lecture:
Social Cognition: Theory of Mind, Teleology, and the Role of Mental Files.

About the Speaker:
Josef Perner received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto. He was Professor in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex and is now Professor of Psychology and member of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Salzburg. He is author of "Understanding the Representational Mind" (MIT Press, 1991) and over 190 articles on cognitive development (theory of mind, executive control, episodic memory, logical reasoning), consciousness (perception versus action), simulation in decision making, and theoretical issues of mental representation and consciousness. He served as President of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academia Europaea, the Leopoldina, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the Association for Psychological Sciences. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel, and was awarded the William Thierry Preyer Award for Excellence in Research on Human Development by the European Society of Developmental Psychology (ESDP) and the Bielefelder Wissenschaftspreis for the interdisciplinary nature of his research. 

Melanie Soderstrom

University of Manitoba, Canada

Keynote Lecture:
Infant-directed speech across contexts: Collaborative approaches to examining similarities and differences in infants' language experiences.

About the Speaker:
Prof. Melanie Soderstrom is Associate Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Her research examines the role of infant perceptual capabilities and language experiences in early language development. Most recently, her work focuses on the role of infant-directed speech and similarities and differences within and across language communities. Over the last few years she has been working on multiple largescale collaborative projects including ManyBabies (a collaborative effort for largescale replication-focused research in infancy), and ACLEW (an interdisciplinary effort for the analysis of longform audiorecordings of infants’ language experiences)

Elizabeth Valentine

University of London, United Kingdom

Keynote Lecture:
European pioneer women psychologists in comparison with their British and American contemporaries

About the Speaker:
Elizabeth Valentine is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London. She is a founder member and former chair of the History and Philosophy of Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and the founding editor of its periodical, History & Philosophy of Psychology. She has published many papers on theoretical and experimental psychology, as well as the history of psychology. Her books include Conceptual Issues in Psychology (2nd edn, 1992) and Beatrice Edgell: Pioneer Woman Psychologist (2006). A selection of her works under the title of Philosophy and History of Psychology was published in the World Library of Psychologists Series in 2014.

Melissa Võ

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

About the Speaker:
Melissa Võ is a Full Professor for Cognitive Psychology and head of the Scene Grammar Lab at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Together with her lab, she has been at the forefront of developing the concept of “scene grammar”, particularly scrutinizing the distinction between semantics and syntax in visual scenes as well as the hierarchical composition of our visual environments. Dr. Võ has used eye-tracking and EEG techniques in both children and adults to demonstrate that scene grammar not only aids visual processing but also plays a key role in efficiently guiding search in real-world scenarios. Melissa Võ is also interested in the application of basic research insights to more real-world problems. Her work has implications in many areas, ranging from computer science, via urban design and architecture to radiology.