IMPRS Conference 2020

Interdisciplinary Approaches in the Language Sciences

3-5 June 2020


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, now in a virtual format!

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.

As a result of the virtual conference format the IMPRS conference was accessible to a very international audience: all in all, we had 402 sign-ups from 39 different locations! Take a look at our interactive plot to see how many participants we welcomed from which country. Click on a country to see how many visitors joined us virtual from that country!

No registration fee

Our conference has no registration fee, which means everyone has the opportunity to participate!

Virtual format

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, we decided to adjust our conference to a fully virtual format

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.

Virtual social time

Do not miss this chance to virtually meet other researchers during our two social events (pub quiz and virtual drinks) and in the social channel on Slack!

Poster sessions

During the poster sessions you can showcase your own research and network with fellow researchers.


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

Key information

Virtual format

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, our conference will be fully virtual


You can find all information you need in our booklet


We offer several workshops to improve various (soft) skills

Poster presentations

Poster presenters will virtually present their work


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


The IMPRS conference would originally take place at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. However, due to current circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel the physical part of the conference. We are currently working hard to transform the conference in a virtual E-Conference. More information regarding the virtual conference can be found here.

Contact us

Twitter: @imprsconference #IMPRSconf2020

The IMPRS conference committee consists of various IMPRS for Language Sciences PhD students from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. The members of the 2020 conference committee are:
Katja Stärk | Chen Shen | Melis Çetinçelik | Adrian Jodzio | Joery den Hoed | Federica Bartolozzi | Julia Egger | Sophie Arana | Merel Wolf