Synapsium 2022 Submissions

Synapsium is finally open for submissions! And we want You, dear reader, to have the chance to present your work. Are you currently entering the final phase of a research project, or have you recently completed a project in cognitive neuroscience? Then do not miss the opportunity to have an active role in our symposium: You can be among the main protagonists of the event as a student presenter! We want to provide a low-threshold environment for high-quality cognitive neuroscience research by students in the Netherlands and Europe. Be a change-maker next to established researchers, early-career researchers, and your peers, as well as all other protagonists leading several activities, workshops and experience labs.

You can apply either to be a student speaker or poster presenter, or even both! Take this opportunity and apply for the option(s) that suit you best.

If you feel like you want to speak out loudly about your work on cognitive neuroscience, then apply now by filling in the form and get ready for an amazing experience and leave an impact during our entire day of fun learning!

Please read the information below for the guidelines of submission and some useful tips. The submission deadline is 10th of April 2022 at 23:59 CET.

If you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact us at, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We thank you very much for your willingness to participate, and wish you the best of luck!

*Are you unsure about presenting online or in person? Based on the current measures, the event is planned to take place in person. However, in the case that stricter COVID-measures are reintroduced by the time of the event, we will transform the event into an online symposium. You can select the scenarios in which you would like to present: i.e., only on site, only online, or both. In the latter case, make sure you select both online and on site, since otherwise your application might not be considered if the other scenario is in place.

Presenter Guidelines

The presentation must be about research in the domain of cognitive neuroscience, and related to the topic of CHANGE, in one way or another. The presentation must be in English and designed for master students with potentially very limited knowledge of your exact field.

We welcome final year Bachelor (Honours) students, Master students and early PhD students.The presenter must contribute to the main part of the research. Please make sure to list all authors of the presented project, as well as their respective affiliations. It is possible that your institution/university or your subsiding party requires you to list them when publishing your project, so do not forget to do this. Include references to key papers, and if possible, a correspondence address.

We recommend that you use colours in your figures. Coloured words and graphics should be well visible, but make sure not to make contrasts and colour too intense, or otherwise readers might become distracted or experience reading your poster as stressful. We would like to remind you that you will probably also have readers who are colour-blind. It is therefore advisable to consider using a colourblind-friendly palette. You can also use other cues to design your figures or to assist the colour-blind (e.g. different line styles, such as dashed, dotted etc.).

Speakers will be selected by the Committee based on an abstract of 300-500 words.

The submission deadline is 10th of April 2022 at 23:59 CET. You will receive a confirmation email from us stating whether we have received your submission in good order. You can expect the final decision about your application at the beginning of April.

The talk should be maximally 15 minutes long (there will be 5 minutes extra for questions and open discussion afterwards).

Your talk should include at least the following components:

                Introduction and research question
                Methodological approach
                Discussion and conclusion

We would like you to supplement your talk with slides, but do not let them be your talk. Keep information in your slides at a minimum, with little text and only the most important points.

If you are unsure about the contents of your poster, keep in mind that a poster can and should only convey the key points that are necessary to understand your project, such as the rationale, the most important results and conclusions.

Try to strike a good balance between conciseness and clearness in your language – your poster will read much like an illustrated abstract. Where possible, consider supporting or even replacing text with graphics. This will not only help your readers to understand your project better, but it will also spark discussions, during which you can talk your audience through your project.

You can present your poster either in landscape or portrait. We recommend an A0-size poster. Typically, your university or faculty should have templates that you can use for creating your poster. For most posters, you can easily divide your content into several columns (3 works for landscape). 

Your poster must be legible from 1-2 m distance, so choose appropriate font sizes. Consider a font size of 18 pt as an absolute minimum; font sizes around 40 pt work much better in general. Use slight differences in font size, bold, italic etc. to lend emphasis to headings or other important parts of your poster.

When using references, it is not necessary to adhere to APA style strictly. We recommend choosing a short and concise form for referencing sources, such as IEEE or Nature style. This not only saves precious poster space but also makes your poster easier to read.