CTB Conference 2018

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We are pleased to announce the Crossing the borders conference held at the University of Potsdam for the very first time. The topic for this 3-day conference is the interplay of language, cognition, and the brain in early human development. We aim to bring together researchers from psychology, linguistics, and developmental neuroscience. The program will include keynote talks, oral presentations and poster sessions, and a science slam, providing early-career researchers in the field of infant and child development with ample opportunities to present their work.

Invited Speakers

Roberta Golinkoff
University of Delaware

Larissa Samuelson
University of East Anglia

Judit Gervain
Université Paris Descartes and CNRS

Victoria Southgate
University of Kopenhagen

Tobias Grossmann
University of Virginia


Please download the booklet of the conference here: Conference Booklet

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Keynote abstracts are online!


We invite abstract submissions related to interdisciplinary aspects of infant and early child development including perceptual and cognitive development, early language development and social development. Early-career researchers (Msc/PhD students) are especially encouraged to showcase their research ideas and/or preliminary data.

We invite abstracts for oral (20 minutes + 10 minutes time for questions), poster presentations (max. A0 with portrait orientation), and the science slam (10 minutes). Please indicate your preference in your submission. Abstracts, which are not accepted for an oral presentation, will automatically be considered for a poster presentation.

Please submit your abstract (max 300 words – excluding references) by May 7, 2018 through crossing@uni-potsdam.de. A single PDF page for graphs and/or figures may be submitted alongside the abstract. Notification of abstract acceptance will take place on May 25, 2018.

Abstracts for the science slam (max 200 words – excluding references) can be submitted until May 31, 2018 through crossing@uni-potsdam.de. Notification of acceptance to the science slam will take place on June 30, 2018.

If you have any queries regarding abstract submission, contact us at crossing@uni-potsdam.de.

Key Dates

If you are interested in presenting (oral/poster presentation) at the conference, please consider the submission deadline for abstracts is 7th May, with notification of acceptance received by 25th May. 

Our conference will take place from 27th – 29th September 2018. We look forward to welcoming you in Potsdam!

What? When?
Submission Deadline Abstracts May 7, 2018
Notification of Abstract Acceptance May 25, 2018
Submission Deadline Science Slam May 31, 2018
Notification of Decisions Science Slam June 30, 2018
Registration Deadline August 1, 2018
Conference Dates September 27-29, 2018

Presentation Format

Oral presentations will be given 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions.

Please prepare your poster presentation considering the following size limitation: A0, 119cm (height) x 84cm (width), portrait orientation.

At the science slam you will have 10 minutes to present your research. Everything that fits your speaking time is allowed: props, live experiments, presentations – everything you need to carry away the audience. That’s important, because the audience forms the jury and chooses the winner of the slam.