Keynote Speakers

The 23° ESCOP organization committee is proud to announce that this edition will include three exceptional keynote presentations: the Broadbent lecture and Bertelson award selected by the ESCOP board, and one invited keynote selected by the 23° ESCOP scientific committee.

Broadbent Lecture

Jonathan Grainger
Jonathan GraingerLaboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Brief bio
Jonathan Grainger graduated from Manchester University, UK, before obtaining his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Paris. He joined the CNRS as a research scientist at the Laboratoire de Psychologie Expérimentale, Paris, in 1998, after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Perception Research in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He founded and directed (2000-2012) the Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive, a CNRS-funded research department in Cognitive Psychology at Aix-Marseille University. His research focuses on understanding basic processes in written word comprehension and reading, and how such processes develop during the process of learning to reading. In 2009 he was awarded a first European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant in order to pursue his research on orthographic processing during single word reading, and in 2017 he received further funding from the ERC to work on orthographic processing during multi-word reading. He received a mid-career award from the CNRS in 2011 and the Bartlett prize from the Experimental Psychology Society (UK) in 2016. He hosted the ESCoP conference in Marseille in 2007 and has served as President of ESCoP (2014-16).

Bertelson Award

Eliana Vassena
Eliana VassenaExperimental Psychopathology and Treatment, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Brief bio
Eliana is an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist with a clinical background, interested in how the brain guides motivated effortful control, decides which actions are worth pursuing, and boosts behaviour towards successful performance. She obtained her PhD in experimental psychology from Ghent University, investigating the neurocomputational mechanisms of motivation and effort allocation. She was then awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to test her neurocomputational theories of motivated control at the Donders Institute. Since 2020, she is an assistant professor of experimental psychopathology at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her work combines experimental psychology and neuroscience with computational psychiatry methods to study the mechanisms that underlie vulnerability to psychopathology. She investigates how alteration of brain circuits driving motivation and effort leads to pathology, using functional MRI, computational modelling, experimental measures of behaviour, physiology, neurostimulation, and pharmacology. Furthermore, she is committed to improving diversity and sustainability in academia ( initiative, Young NeuroLabNL initiative, and outreach (

Invited Keynote

Dorthe Berntsen
Dorthe BerntsenDepto. of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark
Brief bio
Dorthe Berntsen is a professor of cognitive psychology at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus University in Denmark. Her research deals with autobiographical memory with a particular focus on involuntary (spontaneously arising) autobiographical memories, which are memories that appear in the consciousness with no preceding attempts at retrieving them. She pioneered the scientific study of this phenomenon in cognitive psychology, and has examined involuntary memories in relation to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression, as well as dementia where spontaneous memories of the early part of life can be accessible and stimulated with relevant cues. Since 2010 she has headed Center on Autobiographical Memory Research (CON AMORE), which studies autobiographical memory from many different angles, including life span development from early childhood to old age, across various mental disorders, and across cultures

Important Dates

- Symposium submission: 17. October 2022 – 15. December, 2022

Abstract submission: 15. January 2023 – 31. March 2023

- Notification of acceptance for symposia: 28. February, 2023

- Notification of acceptance for abstracts: 15. May, 2023

- Early bird registration: 01. April to 30. June, 2023

- Late registration: from 01. July, 2023 to 05. September, 2023. After that, only onsite registrations will be accepted

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