WiCS Europe

Women in Cognitive Science launched its European chapter at the International Psychonomics Meeting in Granada, Spain May 5, 2016. It was co-founded by Teresa Bajo (University of Granada) and Cristina Cacciari (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia).

The goal of WiCS-E is to organize events for cognitive scientist in Europe. We have been present in meetings of the European Society of Cognitive Science (ESCoP), the International Convention of Cognitive Sciences (ICPS) and International Psychonomics Meetings. We are open to new initiatives, meetings. If you’re interested in organizing an event or collaborating with the current leadership team, please reach out to us.

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Upcoming Events

WiCS-Europe at ESCoP 2022 in Lille, France

Monday, August 29, 2022 | Room B7, Pont de Bois Campus, Lille
Panel Discussion: 09:30-10:30am
Speed Mentoring & Reception: 10:30-11:30am

Panel Discussion: Lessons to be learned from the pandemic

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic forced scientists worldwide to change the world of work. Lockdown brought an abrupt shift to working from home, research and collaborations moved to online, and lab meetings and conferences turned into multiple window screens. Through this panel discussion, Women in Cognitive Science-Europe wants to reflect on the impact of the pandemic on scientific productivity and academic life. An international panel of four researchers across career stages will share their thoughts and experiences with online research, supervision, lab management, work-life balance, and more. What have been the positive and negative effects of living in the COVID-19 times? What lessons are we taking from the pandemic and beyond? The panel presentations will be followed by open discussion with the audience.

Chair: María Jesús Maraver, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Co-chair: Nura Sidarus, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


  • Marta Rivera, University of Granada, Spain & Fulbright scholar at University of California, Irvine, US
  • Anna Soveri, University of Turku, Finland
  • Kalinka Timmer, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Gabriella Vigliocco, University College London, UK

Speed Mentoring & Reception

This part of the session will link junior researchers with senior faculty to meet for up to 20 minutes. The timing may allow up to two mentor-mentee sessions, subject to sign ups. This session will include a coffee reception. Below are the forms to register for being a Mentee or Mentor, which should be completed by 8th August, 2022.

WiCS speed mentoring sessions have now taken place at various international meetings. There are several ground rules for speed mentoring:

  • This is a one-time session (i.e., the mentor is not signing on for a longer-term mentoring relationship);
  • The mentee should come with a specific question or two to guide the session and make the most of it;
  • The mentee should send the mentor a CV and the question(s) ahead of time, but not expect that the mentor will have read this information prior to the meeting; and
  • The information shared during the session is to be kept completely confidential

Both mentors and mentees from the previous sessions have reported finding the experience to be very useful. This is a program for women and men scientists alike, for both mentors and mentees.

Registration for MENTEES >

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WiCS-E Leadership team

Andrea Kiesel
Andrea Kiesel is a professor of Psychology at the Institute for Psychology at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Her research is supported by grants from the German Science Foundation (DFG) and the Ministry of Science Baden Württemberg. She has served on the Executive committee of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology and is currently President of the society (2021-2022). Her research interest is in cognitive and action control, especially in contexts with interfering processes like in conflict tasks or in multitasking settings. Further, she is pursuing research on timing in action contexts with a special focus on human-machine interactions. She is also interested in novel methods to predict the acceptance of novel technologies and aspects of sustainable behavior.

Teresa Bajo
Teresa Bajo is a professor of Psychology in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Granada in Spain. Her research is supported by grants from Spanish Ministry of Science and by the Andalucian Excellence in Science Program. She has served on the Executive committee of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, becoming President in 2005. Her research interest is on understanding complex skills such as translation and interpreting, and on how working memory and executive functions support several aspects of these skills. She is also interested in inhibition in the control of memory and in language selection. She has also pursued research on individual differences in memory control in both individuals that differ in age and in individuals with altered memory functions.

Nura Sidarus
Nura Sidarus is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, at Royal Holloway University of London. Nura completed an MSc and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, at University College London, before receiving a Fyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the École Normale Supérieure, in Paris. Her research investigates how we monitor our actions and their consequences, and come to feel in control of them, and how this interacts with decision-making and learning. Combining cognitive, computational, and neuroimaging methods, her work aims to elucidate the (meta)cognitive mechanisms that support how we monitor and control our cognition and our actions. Thanks to an ESRC New Investigator Grant, she is also starting to explore how these (meta)cognitive processes may become maladaptive and underlie mental health problems, such as depression.

Zofia Wodniecka
Zofia Wodniecka is an associate professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Jagiellonian University. She is the head of the Psychology of Language and Bilingualism Laboratory “LangUsta”, which was established in 2010 thanks to a FOCUS subsidy from the Foundation for Polish Science. Her scientific work focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language used by bilingual people. She has completed several research stays and training in Canada, USA, and Australia. She has been a partner in various international projects, such as European COST IS0804 project, Innovative Training Networks “MultiMind”, and the American National Science Foundation PIRE programme ‘Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments’. Her research has been funded by the National Science Centre, the Foundation for Polish Science and Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

María Jesús Maraver
María Jesús Maraver is a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and the Research Center for Psychological Science (CICPSI) of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her research is funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and focuses on the study of memory processes. Currently she is interested in how false memories can be to enhance memory retrieval and promote successful learning. Besides the correction of false memories, she also studies other means for cognitive enhancement and the improvement of cognitive functions, such as executive control training or non-invasive brain stimulation.The scope of her research extends through the study of different age groups across the lifespan, such as adolescents, younger, and older adults.

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