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Cognitive Science Arena: Brixen (IT), February 6th-7th, 2015

(apologies for multiple postings but forward the message to those who might be interested)

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to invite you to the third edition of the Cognitive Science Arena (CSA). The conference will be held in Brixen (Brixen, Italy) in February 06-07, 2015.

The aim of CSA is to set a conference where young scientists can disseminate their scientific contributions in a friendly and cooperative environment with the participants challenging the scientist in a fruitful debate. Along this line, highly innovative research ideas as well as “in progress” research are encouraged.

Starting from this edition, due to high demand, we are going to introduce the "You will never talk alone" poster-session. The poster session will be organized in order to provide attention and feedback to each poster. The best poster will receive a certificate and a monetary award.

The key-ideas of the CSA are the following:
[1] young scientists only (students, doctoral students and post-doctoral students, researchers with a fixed-term contract...); [2] long time for talks and discussion: 20 minutes talk + 10 minutes discussion for each speaker; [3] dedicated time for each of the posters presented at the conference; [4] in progress and high-risk research are welcome; [5] several anonymous reviewers: at the end of each talk and poster, attendees can write their comments, criticisms and suggestions to the speaker. Comments will be delivered to the speaker to provide him/her with a personal feedback.

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

Participants willing to present a contribution at CSA must submit an abstract through the conference website (please, specify "talk" or "poster" when submitting). Abstracts will be selected on the basis of the principle "first come first served".
*The deadline for the abstract submission is December the 31st, 2014.*

Spirit and mood
The idea of CSA is to reverse the usual format of scientific conferences. Young researchers first: they play the starring role (no talks or posters from senior researchers are allowed), they pay no fees (senior do) and they compete for a prize for the best talk and poster 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.

Suggested accommodations
- Youth hostel: http://brixen.jugendherberge.it/ (We reserved the whole youth hostel up to January, the 4th: when booking just specify the name of our conference).

Registration fees
The CSA has no registration fees for students, doctoral students 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.

Travel grants
This year we can offer a small number of travel grants. These grants will be awarded to participants:
- that are not presenting a talk nor a poster,
- that are coming from a place distant from Brixen at least 700 km (for participants from Italy) or 150 km (from outside Italy). If you are eligible for a travel grant, please register filling in the form (http://cogsci.altervista.org/registration.php) not later than January the 5th, 2015.

“Valiant" and "Painter" Prize 2015
During the conference, the audience votes for the best CSA talk and poster. At the end of the conference, the best speaker and the best poster presenter will receive a certificate and a monetary award.

The official language of CSA is English. 

Social events
CSA includes two social events. We are planning to arrange for a sleigh ride (held the first evening of the meeting: be prepared!) and for the "Cheers, cheese & wine" buffet at the end of the conference.

A tip for all
Brixen is well known ski-resort. Enjoy this chance and come to the conference appropriately snow-equipped.

Conference website
More information, abstract submission and registration forms can be found here:

Contacts, info: cog.sci.arena@xxxxxxxxx

The organisers:
Christian Agrillo: christian.agrillo@xxxxxxxx
Demis Basso: demis.basso@xxxxxxxx
Chiara Begliomini: chiara.begliomini@xxxxxxxx
Massimo Grassi: massimo.grassi@xxxxxxxx
Sara Mondini: sara.mondini@xxxxxxxx

Supporting institutions:
- Faculty of Education, UniBZ
- Department of General Psychology, UniPD
- Associazione Italiana di Psicologia - Sezione Sperimentale
- Centre for Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (CeNCA)

See you in Brixen!
The CSA team