News from the RF Cognitive Sciences


The Day of the UFSKW 2021

On June 06, 2021 the day of the UFSKW took place. For the first time, we decided to combine the day of the UFSKW with our annual members meeting. In addition, Prof. Dr. Martin Butz (University of Tübingen) visited us for a guest lecture on "Generative Event-Predictive Cognitive Models". Both events took place hybrid, so participation was possible both online and on-site. Afterwards, all members were invited to a get-together in a cozy atmosphere.


The UFSKW is participating  with 7 contributions from 6 working groups at this year's digital Potsdam Days of Science (PTDW). The contributions can be accessed on the PTDW website throughout the whole year. 

To the PTDW website

In addition, Prof. Dr. Birgit Elsner (Developmental Psychology) and Hannah Wortmann (Beratungspsychologie) were selected as an experts for "Ask a Scientist".  

Birgit Elsner talks about the development of thining in early childhood (Video "Ask a Scientist")

Hannah Wortmann talks about "Food Neophilie" and healthy eating  (Video "Ask a Scientist")

Article: „Wir waren exotisch!“ – Der Linguist Gisbert Fanselow und der Psychologe Reinhold Kliegl im Gespräch über löchrige Dächer, schwierige Anfänge und die richtigen Forschungsfragen

published in Universitätsmagazin Portal 1/2021, published online April 13, 2021

to the article (German)

To give current cognitive science research from the Research Foucs a special stage, the RFCS will select a Paper of the Month every month in 2021. Members are invited to propose their own papers. The Paper of the Month will be selected by the Board of Directors from all submissions. 

 The winners of the RFCS Paper of the Month



Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger was elected by the Faculty Council on October 21, 2020 as the new Vice Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences. She will take over this function from 2021.

To the website of Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger

An updated version of the list of laboratory equipment is online. UFSKW members can access the list of laboratory equipment in the internal section of the UFSKW website.

To the internal area

Prof. Dr. Doreen Georgi, whose junior professor position has been financed by the UFSKW since September 2016, took up the W2 professorship for "Variation and Variability in Morphosyntax/Morphological Systems" on November 01, 2020. This professorship was established to support the SFB 1287 "Limits of Variability in Language".

To the website of Prof. Dr. Doreen Georgi

Postdoc activities

The first UFSKW Postdoc-Workshop took place on October 09, 2020. The aim of the workshop was to facilitate networking on the level of postdocs. The online workshop was perceived as very successful by the 16 postdocs and also by the organizers, Claudia Felser, Matthias Weymar and Isabell Wartenburger. Both during and after the workshop there was a lively exchange between the postdocs, and even the first joint projects were planned. Due to the positive feedback the board of the UFSKW decided to carry out further activities on postdoc level in the future.

As a first step, a moodle page was created, where the Potsdocs can continue networking (virtually), ask questions to other postdocs, and also find information about events in the UFSKW or funding opportunities at the University of Potsdam.

Postdocs from the UFSKW can ask for the access data to the Moodle-Page via e-mail: michaela.schinkoeth[at]


AMLaP 2020

All AMLaP 2020 talks are now online at mediaUP!

day 1

day 2

day 3

The UFSKW congratulates Carlos Ventura-Bort on the successful completion of his doctoral thesis on " Temporo-spatial Dynamics of the Impact of Emotional Context on Visual Processing and Memory". Carlos was supervised by Prof. Dr. Mathias Weymar (Biological Psychology and Affective Science).

9th General Assembly of the RFCS

The RFCS invites all members to the annual general meeting. The general meeting takes place on Monday, 08. June 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

To the minutes (for members only: internal area)

The RFCS congratulates Mary Chimaobi Amaechi on the successful completion of her doctoral thesis on "A'-movement dependencies and their reflexes in Igbo"! Mary Chimaobi Amaechi was a PhD-student at the Department of Linguistics and was supervised by Prof. Dr. Doreen Georgi.

Call for applications:

PhD student (TV-L 13, 65%) in the project: "Research on graphic and linguistic communication with methods of cognitive psychology and machine learning" (Supervisors: Dr. Jochen Laubrock and Prof. Dr. David Schlangen)

More information

The UFSKW is funding three interdisciplinary cognitive science PhD-projects (TV-L 13, 65%). The selection of the final projects is now completed.

To the article: The RFCS is funding interdisciplinary PhD-projects (German)

Further information about the selected projects

The RF Cognitive Science thanks Christine Schipke for her great enthusiasm and support as the scientific coordinator of the RFCS. From January 2020 on, Michaela Schinkoeth will assume the function of the scientific coordinator.

More information about Michaela Schinkoeth

Further notifications

The 3rd Day of Cognitive Sciences was successfully held on 25.10.2019. The aim was to intensify the exchange of all members of the UFSKW, to get to know each other and to further identify interfaces in joint research.

Impressions of the productive and happy day:


After the successful first five years, the UFSKW enters the second funding period: Start of the next period with ceremonial presentation of the certificate on 23.07.2019 (duration until 30.06.2023).