Aegina Summer School on Social Cognition 2019 - Norms & Biases in Social Interactions

An Interdisciplinary Summer School

Sunday June 30th to Saturday  July 6th , 2019, Hotel Apollo, Aegina, Greece

We invite applications  from PhD students, post-doc and young researchers to attend the Summer School on “Norms & Biases in Social Interactions “ which is jointly organized by the Institute of Philosophy, and the Warburg Institute at the University of London, the LMU Munich, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

The Summer School will take place in the Island of Aegina, Greece (approximately 1 hour by boat from Piraeus, the port of Athens), at the wonderful location of the historic Hotel Apollo (, from June 30th-July 6th 2019.

This Summer School builds upon the success of the previous annual summer schools on Social Cognition (2013-2018).

An application form is available under the ‘Apply’ tab



This year we want to examine the origins and influences of norms and biases in social interactions. More specifically, we want to look at :

  • What explains norms and biases at different levels (evolutionary, neurobiological , cognitive, cultural)
  • What their consequences are, over a range of scales (from face-to-face interactions to large groups).
  • Which normative expectations lead us to consider certain types of behaviour as biases, and whether this characterisation is useful or appropriate.

To do so, we have gathered experts from neurosciences, psychological and social sciences, as well as philosophy.

In addition, we will offer a number of specialized workshops that focus on methods and concepts in this area.


Confirmed Speakers

Pantelis Analytis (University of South Denmark, Denmark), 

Dominik Bach

Bahador Bahrami (Max Plank Institute, Berlin)

Ophelia Deroy (Munich, Germany)

Nadine Fleischhut (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany) 

Paul Fletcher (Cambridge, UK)

Katerina Fotopoulou (UCL, UK)

Mariska Kret (Leiden University, Netherlands)

Lauri Nummenmaa (University of Turku, Finland)

Michael Pauen (Humbolt University & School of Mind and Brain, Germany)

Nichola Raihani (UCL, UK)

Regina Rini (York University, Canada)

Barry Smith  (SAS, UK)

Manos Tsakiris  (RHUL & Warburg Institute , UK) 


Further Information

We aim to accept a maximum number of 50 students to the Summer School

Your application will be evaluated by members of the organizing committee according to (a) how your research interests relate to the theme of the summer school as evidenced by the topics of your research, any relevant publications and past presentations, (b) the quality of the proposed abstract, and (c) the demonstration of interdisciplinary skills and interests.

The costs associated with accommodation at Hotel Apollo for six nights (check-in Sunday 30th June, check-out Saturday 6th July), lunch for all days (Monday to Friday) and dinner for three nights at the Hotel Apollo of all ccepted students to the summer school will be covered by the Organisers.

Accepted applicants are requested to pay a registration fee of 425 Euros to cover part of the School’s organization costs.

Accommodation will be in twin rooms occupied by two same-gender students.

The Organisers will not cover ANY travel expenses. Students should make their own travel arrangements.

The Organisers will notify successful applicants within 2 weeks after the Submission Date Deadline.


The application form can be downloaded here

Deadline : Submit  the completed Application form as one SINGLE WORD document file with your Surname as file name (e.g. Deroy.doc) to by Monday 25th February 2019, 5pm GMT .

Once we receive your application, we will email you a confirmation of receipt within 2 days. If you do not hear back from us, please email as again!