CEMS 2018

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CEMS 2017

Save the date!

The 2018 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS) will be held on May 7th and 8th, 2018.

The symposium is designed to be a forum for the exchange of ideas among colleagues working on theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of context and episodic memory, broadly construed.


Conference Registration

Registration for CEMS 2018 is now open!

Early registration fees* are:

  • $325 for faculty
  • $225 for non-faculty

Click here for the registration form, where you will enter your personal information. Once the form has been completed, please continue to the payment page to complete registration.

*Please note that on April 21, 2018, registration prices will increase $25 for administration fees.

Location & Hotel

As it was last year, the venue for CEMS 2018 will be the Inn at Penn, located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Inn at Penn is a Four Diamond Hilton hotel, located at 3600 Sansom Street in historic Philadelphia, PA.

More information on the Inn at Penn can be found on their website.


In addition to its role as the venue for CEMS 2018, the Inn at Penn will serve as the preferred hotel for the event. A limited number of rooms will be available at a special event rate of $229 / night.

To make use of this reduced rate, book your room(s) from our event page here.

Please book your rooms by April 3, 2018, to ensure that you receive the preferred guest rate.

Please note that our room block includes the evenings of May 6 (Sunday into Monday) and May 7 (Monday into Tuesday). If you attempt to book outside of these dates, you may find the website lists rooms as "not available." If this is the case, please limit the evenings you are attempting to book through the link above to May 6 and May 7.

Click here to view this location on Google Maps


The University of Pennsylvania is served by Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak 30th Street Station, and is a short train or taxi ride away from both.

From the Airport

  • Towncar
    • Uber is a on-demand towncar service that you can summon using an app on your iPhone or Android device, or from m.uber.com, or by texting an address and city to UBR-CAB (827-222). You must create an account to request a ride.
    • Rate estimates for a ride between the airport and the Inn at Penn Airport are approximately $20-25 for a towncar, $45-60 for a luxury sedan, and $60-70 for a luxury SUV (up to 6 people comfortably)
    • Link a credit card to your account. No need to pay your driver directly, and tip is included.
    • For additional information, Uber hosts a webpage with info on travel to and from the airport.
  • Taxi
    • One-way taxi fare between The Inn at Penn and the airport is approximately $32.50.
    • For trips originating at the airport, there is an additional $1.50 fee.
    • Most cabs hold up to 3 people. An additional fee of $1 will be charged for each passenger after the first.
    • The trip takes between 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Regional Rail
    • The airport is serviced by SEPTA's Airport Regional Rail line, which makes a stop at each airport terminal.
    • In Center City, you may utilize either the University City or 30th Street Station stops on the Airport line.
    • Tickets between the airport and Center City are $8.00 per person each way when purchased on the train. Tickets purchased in advance at a station are discounted to $6.50.
    • The train is scheduled to run every 30 minutes. The full Airport Line schedule can be found here.
    • The trip takes approximately 20 minutes each way.
    • A complete SEPTA transit map can be found here

From 30th Street Station

  • The walk from 30th Street Station to the Inn at Penn is roughly 0.8 miles and goes through the campus of Drexel University.
  • There is a taxi stand immediately outside the East doors of the station.
  • SEPTA's trolley and bus lines connect at 30th Street Station and cost $2.25 (exact change and tokens only). SEPTA tokens can be purchased for $1.80 each, and may be used on all subway, trolley, and bus lines.
  • The Inn at Penn is located adjacent to the 36th Street Trolley station. Route 11, 13, 34, and 36 trolleys provide transit between this station and 30th Street.


  • The University of Pennsylvania is close to both I-76 and I-95.
  • The Inn at Penn offers valet parking at a rate of $43 for overnight parking with in and out privileges and 20.00 for daily event parking.
  • Self parking is available at a garage at 38th & Sansom, one block from The Inn At Penn. More garages may be found on this map.

Getting Around

  • SEPTA subways, trolleys, and buses run all over Philadelphia.
    • Information on SEPTA fares can be found on their website here.
    • You may find a complete system map here. You can also find transit directions on Google Maps.
  • Taxis are plentiful.
    • Fares are a $2.70 flag drop plus $0.23 per 1/10 mi or 38 seconds of wait time.
  • Uber is a on-demand towncar service that you can summon using an app on your iPhone or Android device, or from m.uber.com, or by texting an address and city to UBR-CAB (827-222). You must create an account to request a ride.
    • Uber rate estimates for Philadelphia are available here.
    • Link a credit card to your account. No need to pay your driver directly, and tip is included.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission has now opened. We welcome submissions of abstracts for one of three categories: spoken presentation, data blitz or poster presentation (please list all acceptable categories for your submission, in preferred order), and welcome submissions from all members of the scientific community. We are particularly interested in highlighting the work of women and under-represented groups in the field of memory research, and hope all members of the community will be encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.

Please email abstract submissions to Nicole Kratz (Sr. Research Coordinator) at context.symposium@gmail.com by Friday, January 19, 2018. We would encourage submission of a written description of work in addition to an abstract if such a description is available.

Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.

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