Central Topics in Situated Cognition
Conference for Three Generations RTG ‘Situated Cognition’


Our Research Training Group ‘Situated Cognition’ has now started its third and last training generation of twelve new PhD students, with the second cohort simultaneously finalizing their projects. At this unique point in time, we would like to unite all three generations of PhDs together with many current, former and future members and collaborators, both internal and external. This includes our highly regarded keynote speakers: Louise Barrett, Joel Krueger, Peter König, and Heidi Maibom covering topics like situated affectivity, agency, perspectivism, social cognition and the interaction of neuroscience and AI.

Central Topics

  • Situated affectivity
  • Situated agency
  • Situated clinical psychology
  • Philosophy of science on the situated mind
  • Situated behavioral neuroscience
  • Situated health science and medicine
  • Situated animal cognition
  • Situated social cognition

Streamed Keynote Talks

The talks by our keynote speakers will be streamed via Zoom to anyone interested (no registration needed). Please use the following credentials to join:

Zoom ID: 840 6133 8176 
Zoom Code: JPhuk0
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84061338176?pwd=Ukh5bitZWXpzQXVVRUVqdTVZUnY4Zz09

  • Louise Barrett (University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)
  • Heidi Maibom (University of the Basque Country, Spain &
    University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
  • Joel Krueger (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Peter König (Osnabrück University)

Program Overview

– Thursday, 5th of October –

09:45 – 10:00IntroductionAlbert Newen
10:00 – 11:10KeynoteHeidi MaibomWhy Perspectives Matter
11:10 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:152nd Cohort PhDFelix SchreiberEpisodically Anticipated Emotions and Their Impact on Proactive Behavior and Mental Health Across Development
12:15 – 13:003rd Cohort Speed Presentations (I)4-PERC: Syrine Rekhis (UOS)
5-PERC: Anil Bayindir (RUB)
6-AGEN: John Jairo Madrid Carvajal (UOS)
7-AGEN: Aitana Grasso Cladera (UOS)
8-SESC: Alessandra Mascaro (UOS)
9-SESC: Leonard Kulisch (RUB)
Empirical Projects in the RTG ‘Situated Cognition’
13:00 – 14:30Lunch BreakMensa & Rote Bete
14:30 – 15:151st  Cohort PhDSamuel H. CosperWord Learning and the Brain: How We Label the World Around Us
15:15 – 16:002nd Cohort PhDKayla Kolff*canceled*
16:00 – 17:15Poster Session with Coffee Break2nd Cohort PhDs & Associated PhDs
17:15 – 18:25KeynoteLouise BarrettGiving up the Ghost, and Getting Into the Goo: Embracing the Brain as an Organ of the Body (Not the Mind), and Taking Sociality Seriously
18:25Catering Truck at Event Venue 

– Friday, 6th of October –

09:00 – 10:10KeynotePeter KönigNormative Ethics of the Human and Artificial Agent Interaction
10:10 – 10:551st Cohort PhDJulian PackheiserThe Behavioral Benefits and Neural Correlates of Affective Touch – A Perspective From Field, Lab and Meta Research
10:55 – 11:15Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:003rd Cohort Speed Presentations (II)1-META: Christian Scholz (RUB)
2-META: Yizhi Li (RUB)
3-PERC: Matteo Cerasa (RUB)
10-SESC: William Angkasa (UOS)
11-LING: Kirill Leshchinskii (UOS)
12-LING: Sofia Pedrini (RUB)
Theoretical Projects in the RTG ‘Situated Cognition’
12:00 – 12:05Photo Session
12:05 – 13:30Lunch BreakMensa & Rote Bete
13:30 – 14:151st Cohort
Internal Postdoc
Beate KrickelHow to Carve up the Mind? Horizontally, Vertically, or Both?
14:15 – 15:002nd Cohort Internal PostdocSabrina ConinxThe Biopsychosocial Model of Chronic Illness: Prospects and Challenges
15:00 – 15:20Coffee Break
15:20 – 16:40Panel discussionImke von Maur
(Panelists: Beate Krickel, Sabrina Coninx, Martina Havenith-Newen)
Women in Science and Philosophy
16:40 – 16:50Quick break
16:50 – 18:00KeynoteJoel KruegerAffordances, Affect, and Spatial Agency
18:30Dinner at Q-West

Poster Presentations

This workshop will also include a dedicated poster session for younger internal and external researchers (see schedule). An overview of the presenters will be posted here soon.

Call for Posters

Doctoral students and early postdoctoral researchers who work on situated topics were invited to apply for a poster presentation at this workshop (see time slot in the schedule). Please send a brief abstract of your project together with a CV to Tetiana Adler (RTG-SituatedCognition(AT)ruhr-uni-bochum.de). The deadline for the submission of your poster presentation application has ended on the 27th of August. The organizers will then make a selection based on available slots and thematic fit. You would be invited as a research guest to this workshop, allowing us to reimburse you for your travel costs with up to 100€ (presenters from DE) or up to 150€ (presenters not from DE). Further information will be sent via the acceptance mail. We are looking forward to your application and many thanks for your interest!


This workshop has been organized by members of the RTG “Situated Cognition”:

  • Albert Newen (Speaker; Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Nikola Kompa (Deputy speaker; Universität Osnabrück)
  • Julia Wolf (Scientific coordinator, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Louis Loock (Deputy scientific coordinator; Universität Osnabrück)


We would like to provide our registered guests with some directions for download. We also refer to the website of our conference venue building for detailed directions: ZEMOS

Group Photo

Many thanks to all of you!