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CSAB: Cognitive Science Arena for Beginners - February 8-9th, 2013 Bressanone (Brixen), Italy

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Dear all,

we are pleased to announce the Cognitive Science Arena for Beginners (CSAB) that will be held in Bressanone (Italy) on the 8th and 9th of February 2013.

Those interested in participating need only to submit an abstract through the conference website. Note that abstracts are not reviewed: they serve only to understand the topic of the talk and (for us) to schedule the talks in a "pleasant way".

Marry Christmas and/or Season greetings!

- What is CSAB?
We pleased to invite you to the Cognitive Science Arena for Beginners (CSAB). The conference will be held in Brixen (Bressanone, Italy) in February 8-9th, 2013. The key-ideas of the CSAB are the following: [1] young speakers only (doctoral and post-doctoral students, researchers with a fixed-term contract); [2] long time for talks and discussion (30 minutes for each speaker); [3] talks only (no poster session); [4] no parallel sessions; [5] in progress and high-risk research are welcome.

Our aim is to set a conference where talks are made in a friendly and cooperative environment with the audience challenging the speaker in a fruitful debate. The goal of CSAB is to provide a competent and useful “boot camp” for the speaker where anyone can practice the skill of giving a talk and develop his/her research based on suggestions of the audience. Along this line, highly innovative research ideas as well as “in progress” researches are encouraged.

Topics include (but are definitely not limited to): developmental cognition and education, language, memory, perception, psychometrics, neuroscience, social and clinical psychology, etc.

- Language
The official language of CSAB is English.

- Spirit and mood
The idea of CSAB is to reverse the usual format of scientific conferences. Young researchers first: they have the main stage (no talks from senior researchers are aloud), they pay no fees (senior do) and they receive a prize for the best talk voted by the audience. We would like to bring together the brightest and youngest minds now working in cognitive science and to give them a fruitful and cooperative environment. For this reason, the scientific committee will be also recruited within young senior researchers.

- Social events
The CSAB will include two social events. We are planning to arrange for a sleigh ride (held the first night of the meeting) and for a visit to a local wine producer (at the end of the conference).

- Suggested accommodations
Brixen youth hostel: http://brixen.jugendherberge.it/cs.asp?st=1&sp=it
Accademia Cusano: http://www.cusanus.bz.it/it/index.asp
We suggest an early booking: the period is within a holiday season.

- Registration fees
The CSAB has no registration fees for doctoral and post-doctoral students. A fee of 50 euro will be asked to senior researchers. This fee will be used to cover part (or all) of the conference expenses.

- “Valiant 2013” Prize
At the end of the conference, the audience will vote for the “best CSAB talk”. The selected speaker will receive a certificate and a monetary award.

- More information, abstract submission and registration forms will be found here:

- Supporting institution:
- Dept. General Psychology, UniPD
- Faculty of Education, UniBZ
- A.I.P.

- Contacts:
Staff: cogsci.begin@xxxxxxxxx
Demis Basso: demis.basso@xxxxxxxx
Chiara Begliomini: chiara.begliomini@xxxxxxxx
Massimo Grassi: massimo.grassi@xxxxxxxx
Sara Mondini: sara.mondini@xxxxxxxx