CEMS 2013

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The 2012 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS), now in its ninth year, will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, on May 9th and 10th, 2013.

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.

Abstracts for consideration for talks is now closed. The organizing committee will be in contact with potential speakers soon. Please continue to send abstracts for posters. Please click here for submission instructions.

Location & Hotel

The symposium will be held at the Inn at Penn, a Hilton hotel, which also serves as the host hotel for the conference.

Click here to view this location on Google Maps


The page for making reservations at the CEMS group rate is available. Click here to book your hotel reservation at the Inn at Penn. If you book over the phone, please use group code "DOP".

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


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. More information will be available soon.

Campus/Surrounding Area

More information about the University of Pennsylvania and its environs will be available soon.


More information about the registration process will be posted soon.

Registration fees have been lowered (as of 2/15) thanks to grants from Penn's University Research Foundation and the School of Arts and Sciences:

  • $220 for faculty
  • $180 for postdocs
  • $140 for students

In addition, these grants will allow the Organizing Committee to give two $500 student travel awards. More information about this will be available shortly.

The registration fees will cover meeting room rental, A/V costs, breakfast both days, snacks, and a reception on the evening of May 9th.

Abstract Submission

The format of CEMS is to have a relatively small number of spoken presentations each followed by a commentary given by a scientist working on related problems. The program committee aims to identify submissions that highlight major new theoretical and/or empirical advances. Papers not selected for these spoken presentations can be given as poster presentations. In previous years, posters have been a major highlight of the meeting and have been very well attended. The Bennet B. Murdock award will be given for the best poster or spoken presentation by a young investigator, as determined by the committee.

Please email abstract/paper submissions to Patrick Crutchley (research coordinator of the Computational Memory Lab at the University of Pennsylvania) at context.symposium@gmail.com by January 30th, 2013. We would encourage submission of a written description of work (e.g., in-press or working paper, early report) in addition to an abstract if such a description is available.


The symposium will be held May 9-10, 2013. More details will be available soon.

Past Symposia

For information about previous years' CEMS, please click here.