IMPRS Conference 2020

Interdisciplinary Approaches in the Language Sciences

3-5 June 2020

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IMPRS Conference 2020

The IMPRS Conference: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Language Sciences is an international, three-day conference organised by the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences. It will take place from June 3 - 5 2020 at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

The IMPRS Conference is catered towards junior scientists (master's & PhD students) and aims to inspire the next generation of language scientists to take on new challenges that will further our understanding of the human language ability. More senior researchers are welcome to register and submit a poster, but junior researchers will be prioritized.

In this year's edition, we will focus on two themes (Language Disorders and Memory & Learning) and explore them from multiple viewpoints, such as genetics, psychology, (neuro)biology, linguistics and computer science. Alongside the keynotes, short talks and discussion sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to present their own work during the poster sessions. Furthermore, we will also have various workshops on soft skills, research methods and data analysis on offer.

Speaker line-up

Our keynote speakers talk about their latest contributions to the scientific field. In the short talks specific aspects of a keynote theme will be discussed.

Conference dinner

Don’t miss this chance to meet the speakers and mingle with the other researchers! Join us for a light-hearted evening and go Dutch (i.e., out of own pocket)


Can’t make it? Fear not! All talks will be available via live-stream hosted at various universities.

No registration fee

Yup, that’s right! Registration is free. You can opt in for lunch and drinks for a small fee at registration.

Poster sessions

During the poster sessions you can showcase your own research and network with fellow researchers. The poster abstract submission is now closed.


Learn directly from experts on ways to improve your soft-skills, research methods and data analysis skills.

Key information

Practical information

How to get around town & other information

Poster abstract submission

The poster abstract submission is now closed.


Registration opens on: March 23 2020


We offer several workshops to improve various (soft) skills


Theme 1: Language Disorders

Subtheme 1: Developmental Language Disorders
Keynote: Ellen Gerrits
Short talks: Babette Diepeveen & Hayo Terband

Subtheme 2: Acquired Language Disorders
Keynote: Matthew Lambon-Ralph
Short talks: Vitória Piai & Anja Staiger

Theme 2: Memory & Learning

Subtheme 1: Neurocognition
Keynote: Laura Batterink
Short talks: James McQueen & Lisa Henderson

Subtheme 2: Animal and Computational Models
Keynote: Carel ten Cate
Short talks: Leonidas Doumas & Marieke Woensdregt


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands