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Neurocog'16 meeting, Monday & Tuesday November 28th & 29th 2016, KU Leuven



The full program is now available, see here.


How methods shape the mind of cognitive neuroscientists

For studying the neural basis of mental processes, cognitive neuroscientists have at their disposal a sheer endless range of tools, including fMRI, EEG, rs-fc, MVPA, DTI, TMS, TCS, or DNN, to just drop a few acronyms. Whereas ideally, we would select the tool most suitable to our preferred topic of research, in practice it is often the other way around and we have the tool dictating our research questions.  When tools or methods become an aim in themselves, this may skew the result of our experiments, in ways that are not always fully acknowledged or which we may not even be aware of.

In this meeting we will provide a forum to recent advances in cognitive neuroscience with a view to discuss the relative merits and limitations of human neuroscience tools, as well as the preferred strategy to follow in refining our research tools. The keynote speakers are leading experts in some of the key domains of cognitive neuroscience. They are outspoken about methodological issues and at the forefront of both methodological as well as theoretical innovation in their respective fields.

We welcome contributions from all domains of cognitive neuroscience, including perception, decision making, cognitive control, (working) memory, learning and plasticity, and affective and systems neuroscience.  Contributors should pay specific attention to the methodological choices made in their research. The number of talks will be limited (no parallel sessions), and the number of attendants will be kept relatively low (around 100) in order to optimize interaction and discussion among the attendants. Several poster prizes will be awarded.


The following keynote speakers have already been confirmed:

- James Haxby, Dartmouth College, USA

- Philippe Schyns, University of Glasgow, UK

- Birte Forstmann, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

- Sam Schwarzkopf, University College London, UK

- Radoslaw Cichy, Free University Berlin, Germany

- Olivier Collignon, University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium


Organising committee:

- Hans Op de Beeck, KU Leuven

- Cees Van Leeuwen,  KU Leuven

- Valérie Goffaux, Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve

- Eva Van den Bussche, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

- Felipe Pegado, KU Leuven

- Stefania Bracci, KU Leuven


Scientific committee:

- Hans Op de Beeck, KU Leuven

- Cees Van Leeuwen, KU Leuven

- Tom Verguts, University of Gent

- Bruno Rossion, Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve

- Patrick Dupont, KU Leuven

- Elia Formisano, Maastricht University (Netherlands)

- Valérie Goffaux, Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve

- Eva Van den Bussche, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

- Felipe Pegado, KU Leuven

- Stefania Bracci, KU Leuven

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is closed.


The registration is closed.



Practical information


The size of your poster should be A0 (84.1cm by 118.9cm) in portrait orientation.



The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe (Irish College - Iers College), Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, België


Public transportation

The easiest way to reach Leuven is to come by train to the Leuven railway station.

  • Take a bus (from the Railway Station to Iers College): Bus  number  2  (direction  Naamsepoort/Heverlee) leaves  from the railway station every 15 minutes (in rush hour between 07.00-9.00 and 16.00-19.00, every 8 minutes). Get off at Sint Michielskerk(St Michael’s Church), which is on your left and on your right is the GB Express supermarket. Walk down Sint Antoniusberg hill and arrive on Pater Damiaanplein. On the left corner of the square is Iers College.
  • Walking (20 mins): When you leave the railway station in Leuven (taking the exit for the city center “centrum”), you walk onto a large square (Martelarenplein) with a large war memorial. Straight in front of you (in the 12 o'clock direction) is the high street (Bondgenotenlaan), which runs directly to the center. Continue on this road and you will see St Peter’s Cathedral and the town hall as you approach the end of the street. Continue past the road works currently being undertaken in the large square (Grote Markt) while keeping St Peter’s Cathedral on the right and the town hall on your left. Exit  the  square  at  the  far  left  corner. You will then pass the McDonalds on your left. You are now in the Oude Markt (Old square). In Oude Markt, walk to the very end and turn right onto a short downhill slope and then turn left onto Parijisstraat. Follow  Parijisstraat-you’ll see ‘‘Cafe t’Vervolg’’ at the end of the street. Walk towards this until you come to Pater Damiaanplein(small square on your right). Go to the bottom of the square and take the small street on your left-hand side. Iers College is  the  first  building  on  the  left. It is a redbrick building with a glass door. You will need to ring the bell on the right-handside to gain entry.



On the 'Brusselse ring' you take at the juction in Sint-Stevens-Woluwe the E40 towards Leuven-Liège. Then follow the direction to the junction of the E314 Genk Hasselt Leuven. Take exit 15 Leuven, and then go straight on the N264/Koning Boudewijnlaan. Enter the Viaduct/N264 go straight ahead again, and follow the road to the Kapucijnenvoer. Please turn right into the Minderbroederstraat, and shortly after turn right again at the Parijsstraat. At the end of the Parijsstraat you will find the Pater Damiaanplein. If you stay and have reserved parking at the Irish College, you can go through the iron gate drive from the convention center parking lot.


Social dinner

The conference dinner on Monday November 28 will be held at the Faculty Club. The dinner has an additional charge of 70€ per person. The Faculty Club is located in the restored Grand Beguinage of Leuven, which has been recognized as UNESCO world heritage ( It is located within walking distance of the conference venue and hotels.



The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe (conference venue)
Jansseniusstraat 1
3000 Leuven
tel. +32 16 31 04 30
Single room, Twin beds, Single occupancy, breakfast included: 110 €
Singel room, Twin beds, Double occupancy, breakfast included: 140 €
Please use Hotel reservation form : resolveuid/cb1760171e1447a5b2c7549df80cb000

Hotel New Damshire (100m from conference venue)
Schapenstraat 1
3000 Leuven
tel. +32 16 74 52 45
Single room, breakfast buffet included: 116 €
Double room, breakfast buffet included: 132 €
Conference code for booking: NEUROCOG16

Ibis Leuven Centrum (700m from conference website)
Brusselsestraat 52-58
tel. + 32 16 29 31 11
fax + 32 16 23 87 92
Prices: please check the hotel website, prices vary from 88 € - 112 €.

Cube Hostel Leuven (1 km from conference venue)
Brusselsestraat 110-112
3000 Leuven
tel. +32 16 89 45 85
Prices: please check the hostel website, prices vary from 23 - 58 €.

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