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Cognitive Science Arena (CSA): Brixen-Bressanone (IT), February 17th-18th, 2017
(apologies for multiple postings but forward the message to those who
might be interested)
we are pleased to invite you to the fifth edition of the Cognitive
Science Arena (CSA). The conference will be held in Brixen-Bressanone
(Italy) in 17-18th February 2017.
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. In particular, highly innovative research ideas as well
as “in progress” research are encouraged.
Topics include (but are not limited to): developmental and animal
cognition, developmental education, language, memory, perception,
psychometrics, cognitive neuroscience, social and clinical psychology, etc.
*NEW THIS YEAR*
*a) "OPEN COGNITIVE SCIENCE"*
This year we will host an invited talk by *Chris Chambers* (Registered
Reports editor of Cortex) on “Registered Reports and the Transparency
and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines: Tools for improving the
reproducibility of psychology and cognitive neuroscience”. The talk is
scheduled for Saturday at the end of the afternoon session.
*b) "SHORT-TALKS FOR POSTERS"*
Poster presenters will be asked to prepare a three-minutes talk (with
powerpoint-like presentation) that summarizes and introduces the
audience to the content of the poster.
*c) INVITED SENIORS*
Well established scientists have been invited, in order to provide
participants with their thoughtful suggestions. This year we are
delighted to guest: *Chris Chambers* (University of Cardiff), *Günther
Knoblich* (Central European University), *Igor Marchetti* (Ghent
University) and *Natalie Sebanz* (Central European University).
The key-ideas of CSA are the following:
 works by young scientists only (students, doctoral students and
post-doctoral students, researchers with a fixed-term contract...);
 long time for talks and discussion: 20 minutes talk + 10 minutes
discussion for each speaker;
 "You will never talk alone" poster-session with dedicated time for
each poster. Poster presenters are also asked to prepare a three-minute
talk to show the content of the poster to the audience;
 "Verba volant, scripta manent" (aka, several anonymous reviewers):
at the end of each talk and poster, attendees can write comments,
criticisms and suggestions to the speaker. Comments are delivered to the
speaker at the end of the talk (or poster) session;
 in progress and high-risk research are also welcome!
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" until slots for talks and
posters will be available. In the case the number of submission exceeds
availability, the scientific committee will operate a selection among
the received contributions. *Abstract can be submitted starting from the
13/12/2016 12:00 to the 13/01/2017 23:59 CET (deadline)* Authors will be
email-notified within one week after submission deadline: the authors of
the selected abstracts will be asked to confirm their participation by
replying to our email (those who will not reply in the due time, will be
excluded from the final program).
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 young and
promising minds now working in cognitive science and to provide them
with a fruitful and cooperative environment.
The CSA has no registration fees for students, doctoral students and
post-doctoral researchers. A fee of 50 euro will be asked to tenured
researchers. This fee will be used to cover part (or all) of the
“Valiant" and "Painter" awards 2017
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.
CSA includes two social events. We hope to arrange once again the sleigh
ride (usually 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
- Youth hostel: http://brixen.jugendherberge.it/
- Cusanus Academie: http://www.cusanus.bz.it/de/index.asp
How to get to CSA:
The closest airports are Innsbruck (INN) and Verona (VRN). The city of
Brixen-Bressanone is along the railway line connecting the two cities
(see maps here: http://cogsci.altervista.org/cityinfo.html)
More information, abstract submission and registration forms can be
Contacts & info:
Demis Basso: demis.basso@xxxxxxxx
Chiara Begliomini: chiara.begliomini@xxxxxxxx
Massimo Grassi: massimo.grassi@xxxxxxxx
Manila Vannucci: manila.vannucci@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Faculty of Education, UniBZ
- Department of General Psychology, UniPD
- Associazione Italiana di Psicologia - Sezione Sperimentale
- Centre for Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (CeNCA)
Feel free to forward this call to other colleagues of yours that may be
See you in Brixen!
The CSA team