Aging & Cognition 2021

Welcome to the 6th International Conference Aging & Cognition 2021! 

This conference series aims to stimulate research in the domain of cognitive aging and related research fields in Europe by bringing together European and non-European scientists. Cognition is defined in the broadest sense, including sensory, cognitive, motor and emotional aspects. Whereas cognition and cognitive neuroscience for healthy aging are the main focus of the conference series, an additional focus targets interventions aimed at influencing age-related cognitive deficits.


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The 6th International Conference Aging & Cognition and the 4rd Conference of the European Cognitive Aging Society (EUCAS) is organized by the University of Leuven and will take place as Online Conference on 15th April, 2021.

Scientific Program Committee

  • Prof. Guido Band
  • PD Stephan Getzmann
  • Prof. Louise Philipps

Local Organizing Committee / Administrative Office

  • Prof. Ralf Krampe
  • Prof. Astrid van Wieringen
  • Mira van Wilderode
  • Nathan van Humbeeck


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Registration, Abstract & Poster Submission

The program for the Aging & Cognition 2021 online conference will consist of one plenary session and a lunch panel discussion with invited speakers and a poster session. 

Registration to the conference.

The deadline for abstract submission is: March 29, 2021.
Posters can be submitted by EUCAS members or scientists nominated by EUCAS members.
Abstract submissions should be sent to:

Abstract Format and Review
Poster abstracts should not exceed the 250 words limit. All submissions will be reviewed by the scientific program committee.
Notification about abstract acceptance will be sent out April 1, 2021.

Poster submission deadline is: April, 12 at noon.


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09:00 – 9:15     Welcome by the Organizers

Spoken Session:  Current Directions in Cognitive Aging Research

09:15 –  9:45    Matthias Kliegel, University of Geneva
                             Prospective memory and aging: Novel perspectives on a paradoxical story

09:45 – 10:15   Monicque Lorist, University of Groningen
                              Ins and outs of feedback processing: Does age matter?  

10:30 – 11:00   Claudia  Voelcker-Rehage, University of Münster
                              Cognitive-motor aging research in real world scenarios

11:00 – 11:30    Astrid van Wieringen, University of Leuven
                              Speech understanding and aging in normal hearing and hearing impaired listeners

11:45 – 13:00   Panel Discussion: What can European cognitive aging researchers contribute to the
                              WHO Decade of Healthy Aging 2020-2030?

Background: The UN and WHO have declared 2020-2030 the “Decade of Healthy Aging”.  This goes along with a commitment by 194 member states to promote regulations, structures, research, and evidence-based innovation to improve the measurement and level of functional abilities of the aging population. It seems obvious that cognitive abilities and cognitive activities are central to functional abilities and their self-regulation and governments and innovative entrepreneurs should profit from coordinated European efforts promoting high-quality cognitive aging research. The panel will discuss perspectives from a range of stakeholders about how European cognitive aging researchers can contribute to the goals of “the decade”.


  • Prof. Mike Martin, Switzerland
    Head of Psychology of Aging Program University of Zurich, director competence center on the dynamics of Healthy aging, WHO Working Group on Research Standards for Healthy Aging and contributor to WHO Baseline Report on the Decade of Healthy Aging 2020-2030.
  • Prof. Ralf Krampe, Belgium
    Professor Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences - Experimental Psychology Unit at University of Leuven, president European Cognitive Aging Society (EUCAS).
  • Prof. Christof Strünck, Germany
    Institute of Gerontology at Technical University Dortmund, part of large network of cooperation partners including Leibniz Research Network on Healthy AgingSociety and involved in policy advice projects.
  • Prof. Jolanta Perek-Bialas, Poland
    University professor at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow in Poland and Institute of Statistics and Demography at the Warsaw School of Economics. Her research interest focuses on ageing, active ageing indicators, ageism in the labour market policy, social exclusion of older persons, care for older persons. She has been a Polish coordinator and participated in many national, international projects related to these topics and as well as expert for various decision policy makers at the local, regional and national level in Poland and for OECD, European Commission, World Bank, UNECE.
  • Dr. Burcu Demiray, Turkey
    Dr. Burcu Demiray holds a PhD in Gerontopsychology. She has 15 years of research, teaching and mentoring experience in universities in Turkey, US and Switzerland. She is a Research Group Leader working on cognitive aging with a focus on healthy longevity. She has an interdisciplinary research program in which she has been involved in and led research projects with engineers, data scientists and AI experts. She has taken active roles in the development and use of innovative research methods and devices (e.g., smartphone apps, wearables) and state-of-the-art profile analytics for the understanding and promotion of healthy longevity.
  • Dr. Christian Kusmitsch, Austria
    Neuroscientist and co-founder and CEO of Mindset Technologies NeuroTech specializing in translating neuroscientific research on attention into valuable tools in e-sports, real sports, and for healthy aging. Aim is a versatile platform for profiled, valid, and reliable markers for attention and performance.
  • Svitlana Surodina, UK
    From its base at King's College London, Aging Research at King's (ARK) is a cross-faculty, multidisciplinary consortium of global researchers and innovators working on aging and longevity, and the role that AI can play is a significant focus of its work. The group recently appointed Svitlana Surodina, CEO of digital innovation consultancy SkeinShe is convinced that overcoming existing data gaps can boost aging research and innovation.

13:30 – 16:00   Poster Session 

16:00 – 17:30   General Assembly


This year poster prize winners are:

  • Dr. Fabienne Collette (University of Liège, Belgium): "Age-Related Changes in Cerebral Activity Following Cognitive Fatigue"
  • Morgane Kuenzi (University of Geneva, Switzerland): "Life course adversity and cognition in older age"
  • Dr. Caroline Seer (KU Leuven, Belgium): "Contributions of Executive Functions to Motor Control in Older Adults"


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