Young Scientists


The early career researchers of the Biological and Neuropsychology section of the German Psychological Society and German Society of Psychophysiology organize an early career researchers’ program in the context of the conference. The program includes pre-conference workshops, an early career researchers meeting, and the “Posterblitz“ for early career researchers.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the early career researchers’ program, please contact us:

‣ Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology section of the German Psychological Society (DGPs):

Dr. Barbara Schmidt (

Dr. Matthias Sperl (

‣ German Society for Psychophysiology and its application (DGPA):

Dr. Stephan Nebe (

Maria Meier (

The Biological and Neuropsychology section of the German Psychological Society, the German Society of Psychophysiology, and the conference hosts fund our early career researchers’ program. We are very grateful for their generous financial support.


We offer two pre-conference workshops. They will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 (9:00-18:00), and on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 (9:00-13:00) at the Campus Engelbergerstraße. Early career researchers can register for the workshop “EEG microstates” or the workshop “An introduction to R” starting on January 15, 2022 by sending an e-mail with the subject “Preconference Workshops PuG2022” to Marie Mückstein ( The participation fees for the workshops are 20 Euros for members of the Biological and Neuropsychology section of the German Psychological Society and German Society of Psychophysiology and 90 Euros for non-members. We are grateful for the financial support of both societies.

We recommend that you register early, as the number of participants per workshop is limited to 20. We will act on a first come, first serve basis.

Workshop 1: “EEG microstates”

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Thomas König, University of Bern

Contents of the workshop: How do we analyze EEG data and evoked potentials? Although there is no obvious answer to this question, there are several observations, concepts, and derived methods that provide interesting opportunities for neurophysiologically oriented research. One approach is to decompose the data into so-called microstates assumed to correspond to discrete information processing steps. These microstates can be identified in spontaneous EEG recordings as well as in evoked potentials. They are of huge benefit to psychological researchers, as shown by their systematic covariation with a number of psychologically relevant concepts.   The present workshop will introduce the audience to the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of EEG microstate analysis. Furthermore, there will be plenty of time for individual questions to enable participants to apply this approach to their own research questions.

Thomas König studied Biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and has been appointed Professor of Neurophysiology at the University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Bern. He studies the relationship between mental and neurophysiological processing. In the context of his work, he has developed a multitude of methods commonly applied to analyze EEG data and evoked potentials.

Workshop 2: “An Introduction to R”

Instructor: Juli Tkotz, Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg

Contents of the workshop: Would you like to take your first steps in the R programming language? Or are you confused and frustrated after a few initial attempts? In this beginner course, we take 1.5 days to teach you the basics of R. You will get to know the basic functionalities of R and how to use them, prepare and visualize data, and run some statistical tests. In doing so, we’ll work in a “real life” workflow from the beginning, so that your code can later be understood by others (and your future self!). This means that you will also learn the basics of open science tools like GitHub and R Markdown. However, the most important workshop goal is: have a good time with R. By the end, you will hopefully have tasted blood and be equipped with enough tools to continue traveling through the unive-R-se on your own.

Juli Tkotz studied psychology in Düsseldorf and is currently doing her PhD on sleep and memory at the Central Institute of Mental Health. During her studies she got involved in a voluntary R-seminar – and since then she has been enthusiastically spreading the good news of her favourite programming language. The parts she enjoys most are data wrangling and visualization, simulations and reproducible manuscripts in R Markdown.

Early Career Researcher Meeting

The meeting of the young scientists at the conference starts on Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 pm in the lecture hall at the Department of Psychology, Engelbergerstraße 41, 79106 Freiburg im Breisgau. We invite all master students, PhD students, post-docs and junior professors to our meeting, which facilitates the exchange and networking of young scientists. First, the young member representatives of both societies will report on their activities in the past year and inform the present young scientists about their planned activities in the coming year. We look forward to receiving your comments and feedback here. Afterwards, those young scientists present will elect the new young member deputy representatives of both societies. The official elections will then take place during the general assemblies of both societies.

In the second part of the meeting, we will follow up on the discussion groups of the last conference and jointly discuss the topics “Diversity and Inclusion, Work-Life Balance, Open Science and Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz”. The goal of these discussion groups is to exchange experiences and develop recommendations for dealing with the respective topic, which will be shared with the boards of the two societies. Every participant of the JuWi meeting is cordially invited to take part in these discussion groups.

After the young scientists’ meeting, we will go together to the welcome reception of the conference. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting in June!


To register for the Posterblitz, young scientists can check the corresponding box in the online registration form when they submit their abstract. The young member representatives of both societies will select the ten best abstracts and inform the selected speakers. We look forward to receiving your excellent abstracts! We select the abstracts according to the following criteria: report of effect sizes, clarity, study design, and theoretical derivation of hypotheses.

Travel grants

The Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology section of the German Psychological Society will award travel grants for the Psychology and Brain Conference. Eight scholarships are planned with a maximum amount of 325 Euro. We would like to support young members who will be presenting in an accepted symposium. The travel grants should encourage the young members’ active participation at the conference.

To apply for the travel grants, please send the following documents to the Young Member Representative Dr. Barbara Schmidt ( until May 13, 2022:

  • Proof of young member status (status valid for 8 years after PhD)
  • Proof of membership of the Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology section of the German Psychological Society
  • Proof of accepted symposium

You will receive feedback by May 20, 2022.