Internal Workshops 2020 – Today


Fifth Internal Workshop:
Brainstorming of New Directions in Situated Cognition

Ruhr University Bochum, 28/10/2022
Mercator Room

Our fifth internal workshop will turn to one of the most central theoretical questions of our Research Training Group: What is (situated) cognition? In this workshop, we will brainstorm over this significant issue by inviting all our internal members and our outstanding external experts to join the discussion: Katja Crone (Philosopher of Mind), Josef Perner (Experimental Psychologist), Sascha Fink (Philosopher of Neuroscience), and Somogy Varga (Philosopher of Situated Cognition). The main goal of this workshop is to foster discussion on this quintessential question of the philosophy of cognition by bringing together the views of different researchers in an exchange-driven format. Furthermore, our workshop includes a panel discussion on ‘Equality and Diversity: Challenges in the Academic Career’, with our invited guest as well as an introductory statement by Nicola Kompa. Finally, all participants will meet in smaller discussion groups to address recent topics of the PhD projects.

TIMEBREAKSPROGRAM

10:00 – 10:15

Katja Crone (TU Dortmund): Philosopher of Mind  

10:15 – 10:30

Josef Perner (University of Salzburg): Experimental Psychologist

10:30 – 10:45

Sascha Fink (University Magdeburg): Philosopher of Neuroscience

10:45 – 11:00

Somogy Varga (Aarhus University): Philosopher of Situated Cognition

11:00 – 11:30

General Discussion: What is (situated) cognition?

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00

Panel Discussion: Equality and Diversity: Challenges in the Academic Career
(Introduction by Nikola Kompa)

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 16:30

Group Discussions of PhD Projects

17:30

Dinner

Fourth Internal Workshop:
Internal Discussion of PhD Projects

Online Workshop, 01/10/2021

The fourth internal workshop is dedicated to the detailed discussion of the projects of some of the internal PhD students and associated members in small groups consisting of PIs, postdocs, and PhD researchers, including internal as well as associated members of the RTG. The workshop aims to provide a platform where the PhD researchers do not need to present finalized results but can in an informal and constructive context receive feedback on topics they consider most relevant with respect to their current stage of the PhD. That is, the PhD researchers receive the opportunity to present on challenges that they recently face or profit from the expertise of the group with respect to the further development of their projects.

Discussion Groups:

Group A
Presenters:Czeszumski, Valentini, Alhelou
Commentators: Güntürkün, König, Pika, Stephan, Stockhorst, Werning
Host: Hörzer

Group B
Presenters: Haq, Domínguez Rojas, Fanti Rovetta
Commentators: Brössel, Kompa, Newen, Poth, Sanchez Guerrero, Schlicht, Walter
Host: Coninx

PhD students who do not present select their group according to their preference.

Schedule:

09:00 – 09:10Introduction & Welcome
09:10 – 09:50Discussion Group A: Czeszumski
Discussion Group B: Haq
5-Minute Break
09:55 – 10:35Discussion Group A: Valentini
Discussion Group B: Domínguez Rojas
15-Minute Break
10:50 – 11:30Discussion Group A: Alhelou
Discussion Group B: Fanti Rovetta
11:30Closing


Third Internal Workshop:
Internal Discussion of PhD Projects

Online Workshop, 26/03/2021

The third internal workshop is dedicated to the detailed discussion of the PhD projects in small groups consisting of PIs, postdocs, and PhD researchers, including internal as well as associated members of the RTG. The workshop aims to provide a platform where the PhD researchers do not need to present finalized results but can in an informal and constructive context receive feedback on topics they consider most relevant with respect to their current stage of the PhD. That is, the PhD researchers receive the opportunity to present on challenges that they recently face or profit from the expertise of the group with respect to the further development of their projects. We have divided the groups in such a way that the PhD researchers come into contact primarily with those members of the RTG with whom they do not yet have a more intensive exchange regarding their projects and who can at the same time optimally assist them with their respective background knowledge. If the discussions of the PhD projects should be finished earlier, the members of the groups may use the remaining time to network and to deliberate future cooperation.

Full Program:

09:00 – 09:10Introduction & Welcome
09:10 – 09:30Short Presentation of the Associated PhDs & Postdocs
09:30 – 11:30Discussion Groups
Group 1
Host: Coninx
Presentations:  Fanti Rovetta, Reimer, Derakhshan
Commentators:  Alhelou, Brössel, Coninx, Fabry, Poth, Stockhorst

Group 2
Host: Stephan
Presentations: Solzbacher, Heyers, Schreiber,  Valentini
Commentators: Haq, Kompa, Sanchez Guerrero, Schlicht, Stephan

Group 3
Host: Newen
Presentations: Griem, Radomski, Hidalgo Gadea
Commentators:  Czeszumski, Hörzer, Kolff, Newen, Pika, Voigt
11:30Closing

Substitute for the Second Internal Workshop

In the course of the world-wide pandemic, we decided not to organize a 2nd Internal Workshop (whole day event in person) as part of the RTG. Instead, we meet regularly in smaller and larger groups with the PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and PIs to discuss the PhD projects of the second cohort, their core concepts, and the connections between them. In this way, the PhDs should receive an initial feedback, get to know each other better, and also discover possibilities for cooperation and collaboration across the status groups.

The following dates and topics were scheduled for these online meetings: 10.00-12.00 a.m.:

23.10.2020 Poster presentations of ongoing PhD and postdoc projects

30.10.2020 Poster presentations of ongoing PhD and postdoc projects

06.11.2020 Poster presentation of the PhD projects of the 1st cohort

13.11.2020 Whole RTG: Discussions about the interconnections of the projects

20.11.2020 Whole RTG: Discussion about the interconnections of the projects

27.11.2020 Discussion about the interconnections of the projects between 1st and 2nd cohort

11.12.2020 Whole RTG: Ongoing project and their relation to future projects (envisioned 3rd cohort)

15.01.2021 Preparation of DFG evaluation


First Internal Workshop:
Opening Event

In September 2020, all members of the RTG gathered at the Ruhr-University in Bochum under SARS-CoV-2 friendly circumstances.

After a welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Albert Newen the PhDs presented their desired projects. In addition, special talks were given by Jun. Prof. Dr. Peter Brössel (“Non-conceptual Content between Perception and Action”), Prof. Dr. Simone Pika (“Gestural communication in non-human animals: The past, the present, and the future”) and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Staufenbiel (“Replication crisis and good scientific practice”).

Overall the seminar was a fruitful environment, not only in regards to the content, but also regarding the face to face exchange with one another.