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On behalf of the ESCoP Committee
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Conferences and workshops

Language in Context: An ecological turn to embodied language
10-11 January 2015
London, UK
The study of language has been largely abstracted away from its contexts of use. As such, it has been somewhat stripped of its ecological validity, which in turn limits the potential impact and application of our theories. To move toward ecological validity, our theories need to adopt a wider perspective with regard to their object of study – one that takes seriously the occurrence of language (whether spoken or signed) as a system of communication in face-to-face interaction embedded in physical/social contexts. The workshop sets out to explore the potential for an ecological turn to embodied language. In particular, we plan to address how such a turn can provide new directions for research in the three major areas of language investigation which have been argued to be critical test beds for the embodiment of language: Language Development, Language Processing and Cognitive Neuroscience of Language.
Registration deadline: 20 December 2015

9th International Conference on Language and Automata: Theory and Applications
2-6 March 2015
Nice, France
The International Conference on Language and Automata (LATA) is a conference series on theoretical computer science and its applications. Following the tradition of the diverse PhD training events developed at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona since 2002, LATA 2015 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim to attract contributions from classical theory fields as well as application areas.
Registration deadline: 16 February 2015

Rome Workshop on Experimental Psychopathology
20-21 March 2015
Rome, Italy
The workshop is a unique international meeting completely focused on Experimental Psychopathology which differs from larger congresses in that there are a relatively small number of speakers without concurrent talks. In addition to the individual talks, there will be poster sessions for students, post-docs and young researchers to present their work. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to promote the scientific debate on EP and the development of international networks among clinical and basic researchers.
Abstract submission deadline: 31 December 2014
Early-bird registration deadline: 31 January 2015

Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2015 Annual Meeting
28-31 March 2015
San Francisco, USA
We invite you to join the CNS at our 22nd Annual Meeting. We have a full schedule of events slated for this year’s meeting such as Invited Symposia, Mini Symposia, Poster Sessions and a Keynote speaker, as well as our George A. Miller Award winner, Distinguished Career Contributions Award winner and the Young Investigators Award winners. Speakers Include: Marta Kutas - Cognitive Electrophysiology, Patricia Kuhl - Language and Brain Development, Anjan Chatterjee - Art and Neuroscience.
Early registration deadline: 16 January 2015

Annual Conference of Society for Affective Science
9-11 April 2015
Oakland, USA
The Society for Affective Science is pleased to announce its call for submission of poster abstracts to be considered for presentation at its conference in the San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland, CA). We encourage poster abstract submissions that describe new empirical research within the domain of affective science. In line with our goal to facilitate interdisciplinary advances, we welcome submissions from people working in a variety of disciplines (e.g., business, computer science, economics, law, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, psychiatry, psychology) on a broad range of topics using a variety of measures.
Abstract submission deadline: 31 December 2014

Nengo Summer School 2015
7-19 June 2015
Ontario, Canada
The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo is inviting applications for our 2nd annual summer school on large-scale brain modelling. This two-week school will teach participants how to use the Nengo simulation package to build state-of-the-art cognitive and neural models. Nengo has been used to build what is currently the world's largest functional brain model, Spaun, and provides users with a versatile and powerful environment for simulating cognitive and neural systems.
Application deadline: 15 February 2015

11th Meeting of The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
24-27 June 2015
Victoria, Canada
The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition aims to enhance collaboration between basic and applied researchers in the areas of memory and cognition.  We explore the intersections of the psychological science of memory (and in particular episodic/autobiographical memory) and real-world domains.
Abstract submission deadline: 9 January 2015

12th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics
1-4 July 2015
Valencia, Spain

As in previous editions of this biennial conference, this will be an open forum for exchange of ideas on theoretical and experimental topics related to language processing, including topics such as visual/spoken word recognition, eye movements in reading, language production, sentence/discourse processing, semantic representations, pragmatics, language pathology, language development, and bilingualism. The keynote speakers are: Jonathan Grainger (CNRS, Marseille), Kate Nation (Oxford), Ruth de Diego (ICREA, Barcelona).
Abstract submission deadline: 16 February 2015
Early bird registration deadline: 15 April 2015
Online registration deadline: 15 June 2015

Job offers

Assistant Professor
University of California, USA
The Department of Cognitive Science within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for three faculty positions. Areas of primary interest span across Design/Human Computer Interaction, Distributed Cognition/Cognitive Ethnography, Systems Neurobiology/Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Data Science, and Augmented Humans. We interpret these areas broadly and invite strong candidates in related specializations. We are especially interested in candidates who will flourish in a Cognitive Science Department, and whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity within an academic setting. All openings are at the Assistant Professor level. Joint appointment with other departments can be considered where appropriate.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their area. An interdisciplinary perspective and experience with multiple methodologies is highly valued. Appointments will begin on 1 July 2015. Applications received by 15 December 2014 will be given full consideration. However, positions will remain open until filled.
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Postdoctoral position in Mathematical modelling in cognitive science
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
We invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University. The candidate will collaborate with Paul Tupper and other researchers in Cognitive Science at SFU. Current projects include working with the Cognitive Science Lab (Mark Blair, director) or working with the phonology group in SFU’s Department of Linguistics (professors J. Alderete and A. Farris-Trimble).
Applicants must either have a background in applied mathematics/ computational physics or extensive experience in a computationally intensive branch of another field.  Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The salary will be competitive and will include funding for travel.  Fellows will need to teach one undergraduate course per year. Screening of applicants will begin on 15 December.  Applicants received after this date will still be considered as long as the position remains open.
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Doctoral and master's programmes

Language Sciences PhD positions
International Max Planck Research School, The Netherlands
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences  is now advertising three fully-funded PhD positions. The IMPRS for Language Sciences is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University.
We aim to attract outstanding students who wish to earn a PhD degree in any area of Language Sciences. Broad questions addressed by students of the IMPRS include: What is the architecture of the language system? How is language represented in the brain? How does your genome help you speak? Why is the human brain capable of learning and processing diverse languages? If you have a background in Psychology, Linguistics, Genetics, or Neuroscience, you could contribute to fundamental science in this area and earn a PhD degree at the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences. Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2015) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English. Closing date for applications is 20 January 2015. Start date for the positions is the 1 September 2015.
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The master’s programme in Brain and Cognition
Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona Spain
Pompeu Fabra University  (UPF) has opened a rolling application period from 24 November to 26 June 2015. The core of the master's programme is comprised of the research groups at UPF's Centre for Brain and Cognition. These groups are directed by renowned scientists in areas such as computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, vision, multisensory perception, human development and comparative cognition. Students will be exposed to the on-going research projects at the Centre for Brain and Cognition and will be integrated in one of its main research lines, where they will conduct original research for their
final project.
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