Early Stage Researchers missions

As part of their training, ESRs have the opportunity to participate in prestigious international conferences in neuro and bio-behavioural sciences, robotics and neurology and rehabilitation medicine. Travelling to conferences is also an effective way for them to disseminate results and learn how to communicate around their projects to different audiences.


MCAA General Assembly 2016, Venice


Marie-Curie-Alumni-General-Assembly 2016

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A group of PACE ESRs attended the General Assembly of the Marie Curie Alumni Association 2016 hosted by the University of Venice from 4 to 5 March.

The Marie Curie Alumni Association is open to any past or present Marie Curie researcher; i.e. any past or current beneficiary of funding under the European Commission’s Marie Curie programme, which encourages international mobility among researchers. The association is governed by a Board elected by the MCAA members; a small group of board members constitute an Executive Committee. Funding and support for the MCAA is provided by the European Commission (Directorate General for Education and Culture).

Kiana Mansour Pour (ESR1), James Mathew (ESR2), Amirhossein Jahani (ESR13) and Yeshasvi Venkata Sai Tirupachuri (ESR8) took the opportunity to network with former MSCA fellows as well as ESRs involved in other science fields.



NCM 26th Annual Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica


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James Mathew (ESR2) and his Principal Investigator Frédéric Danion attended the Society for the Neural Control Movement (NCM) 26th Annual Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

“ The Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM) is an international community of scientists, clinician-investigators and students all engaged in research whose common goal is to understand how the brain controls movement. NCM’s annual meetings have provided a forum for leading edge research, scholarly debate, the interchange of ideas and a platform for many exceptional established and emerging researchers in the field of Neural Science.”

James and Fred travelled to Montegobay from 24 to 29 April and presented a poster entitled: “What is the role of primary motor cortex in Eye-Hand coordination? A TMS study.”





VSS Annual Meeting 2016, Florida


Ljubica Jovanovic (ESR3), Valentina Vencato (ESR5) and Lisa Knelange (ESR6) presented posters at the Vision Science Society (VSS) 16th Annual Meeting from 13 to 18 May in Florida:

“Recalibration to audiovisual simultaneity: Isight from temporal bisection task”, by Ljiubica Jovanovic, CNRS-Ecole normale supérieure

“Perception of saccadic reaction time in humans”, by Valentina Vencato, CNRS-Institut des Neurosciences de la Timone (INT)

“Increased variability in a temporal-coincidence task after\adaptation to delays: a possible explanation”, by Lisa Knelange, University of Barcelona

“The Vision Sciences Society is a non-profit membership organization of scientists who are interested in the functional aspects of vision. VSS was founded in 2001 with the main purpose of holding an annual meeting that brings together in one forum scientists from the broad range of disciplines that contribute to vision science, including visual psychophysics, neuroscience, computational vision and cognitive psychology. The scientific content of the meetings reflects the breadth of topics in modern vision science, from visual coding to perception, recognition and the visual control of action, as well as the recent development of new methodologies from cognitive psychology, computer vision and neuroimaging.”






Summer School on Interdisciplinary Robotics, Cefalu - Sicily


Yeshasvi Tirupachuri (ESR 8) took part in the Summer School on Interdisciplinary Robotics from 10 to 13 July in Cefalu, Sicily (Italy). He presented a poster on “The control and representation of articulated objects – Insights from robots”.

Organised by APRIL, another ITN Marie Curie Network, this Summer School on “Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Methods” aimed to provide students with a series of lectures and hands-on practical lab sessions on research methods and robot technologies.
APRIL (Applications of Personal Robotics for Interaction and Learning) is the first Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate (ITN-EID) to train the next generation of researchers and engineers for the emerging field of personal robotics.”


Yeshasvi presentation

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MSCA ESOF Satellite Event, Manchester


Valentina Vencato, Yeshasvi Tirupachuri and Alessia Cacace attended the MSCA ESOF satellite event that took place in Manchester on 28-29 July 2016. They presented one poster together outlining their projects: “Perception and actions in complex environments: enhancing and restoring interaction in everyday life activities.”

This year’s theme was “Researcher and Society”, reflecting on the mission of the researcher vis-à-vis society, his/her moral duty to share his/her knowledge with the general public, and to be ethical and transparent when presenting scientific data.”

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.





European Conference on Visual Perception, Barcelona


From 28 August to 1st September, Ljubica Jovanovic and Kiana Mansour Pour attended the ECVP 2016 in Barcelona, organised and hosted by the University of Barcelona, a PACE partner. Lisa Knelange, PACE fellow at UB assisted her PI Joan Lopez Moliner, who organised the conference.  She also presented a poster on “The Nature of Error Signals in Adaptation”.

The European Conference on Visual Perception is a travelling, annual meeting dedicated to scientific study of human visual perception. ECVP is highly interdisciplinary and attracts researchers and students from Psychology, Neurosciences, Optics, Computational Sciences and so on. Even though vision is the main topic, other sensory modalities are very well represented as well as the interactions between the different modalities (multisensory perception). The conference is open to both young and established scientists from Europe and other parts of the world. To encourage the widest possible participation, particularly among students, the meeting is held in a different European location each year.


Lisa Knelange presenting her poster and Eli Brenner, PACE partner at VU following another presentation



ESMAC 25th annual meeting, Seville, Spain


Adam Booth attended the 25th annual meeting of the European Society for Movement analysis in Adults and Children, in Seville (Spain) from 25th September to 1st October 2016. He presented an abstract published in Gait and Posture: “Real-time feedback to improve gait in children with cerebral palsy”.

The annual ESMAC meeting attracts clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines such as orthopedics surgeons, neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, as well as physiotherapists, prosthetists, occupational therapists, human movement scientists, biomechanical/electrical/medical engineers, and others interested in human movement.

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10th annual meeting of the GDR Vision Toulouse


Valentina Vencato, Kiana Mansour Pour, Anna Montagnini, Laurent Madelain and Joan Lopez Moliner from the PACE Network attended the 10th annual meeting of the GDR Vision in Toulouse on 3 and 4 November 2016.

The tenth international forum of the GDR-vision associates the French community working on visual perception. It follows the “GDR vision” days organized each year in Paris, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon or Grenoble. See http://www.gdr-vision.org.

This year, Spanish and Portuguese Vision Scientists were invited to join the forum.


Valentina Vencato presenting at GDR Vision Toulouse


Dutch Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (DCRM), Maastricht, the Netherlands


Adam Booth was invited to speak at the virtual reality symposium of the Dutch Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine on 10-11 November, in Maastricht where he presented his work on Real-time feedback.



Neuroscience 2016 - SFN in San Diego


Valentina Vencato, Kiana Mansour Pour and James Mathew attended the international conference Neuroscience 2016, organised by the Society for Neuroscience  (SFN) from 12 to 16 November in San Diego. The PACE early stage researchers presented posters on:

  • Investigating the contribution of M1in Eye-hand coordination using TMS, James Mathew
  • Discrimination of saccade latencies, Valentina Vencato
  • Voluntarily tracking tracking moving clouds: Effects of spatial frequency bandwidth on human smooth pursuit.

Neuroscience holds an annual meeting and this year, more than 30,300 participants from 80 countries convened in San Diego for the world’s largest marketplace of ideas and tools for global neuroscience.

The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, now has nearly 38,000 members in more than 90 countries and over 130 chapters worldwide.