Berlin-Bochum PhD Memory Symposium 2023

March 20, 2023 | 09.00-14.00 | Virchowweg 6 Charité, Campus Mitte (CCM) Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin

The orga-team wants to make the event as memorable, fun, and interactive as possible. Coincidentally, the journal Trends in Cognitive Science (TICS) celebrated their 25th Anniversary in December 2022 by inviting some prominent researchers to write short opinion articles on the current state and future of memory research.

We think the PhD Symposium presents the perfect opportunity for fellow interested researchers to get together to discuss, dissect, and debate the implications that these short opinion papers present to the memory research field at large, and our own personal research more specifically.  Moreover, we believe that discussing these short essays will be a stimulating and fun opening for the remaining Memory Alliance Symposium!


09:00 – 09:30 — Round of Introductions (PhD only)
(Auditorium CCO, ground floor)

09:30 – 10:00 — Group reading of the following TICS papers (selection by popular vote). Copies of the papers (paper & PDF) will be distributed on-site and don’t need to be read in advance (PhD only)

Maguire, Eleanor (2022)
Does memory research have a realistic future?

Poeppel, David and Idsardi, William (2022)
We don’t know how the brain stores anything, let alone words

Ranganath, Charan (2022)
What is episodic memory and why do we use it?

Pisupati, Shashank and Niv, Yael (2022)
The challenges of lifelong learning in biological and artificial systems

Lewis, Neil A. Jr. (2022)
What would make cognitive science more useful?

10:00 – 11:00 — Separate discussions on the individual papers, their implications, etc. (PhD only)

11:00 – 12:00 — Group discussion on the ramifications, outlook for memory research  (Open to all)

12:00 – 13:00 — Artists Tim Otto Roth & Miriam Seidler introduce their “Theatre of Memory Project”

13:00 – 14:00 —Lunch
“Fenster der Wissenschaft”, 5th floor CCO

14:00 Official start of the Berlin-Bochum Memory Symposium! (Auditorium CCO)

We look forward to discussing with you!

Johannes, Aya, and Lisa

Participating Institutions