The Early Career Researchers (ECRs) of the Section Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the DGPs (bioDGPs) and the German Society for Psychophysiology and its application (DGPA) organize a program in the context of the conference “Psychologie und Gehirn 2021”. This program includes pre-conference workshops, an ECR meeting and poster flash talks for ECR.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the ECR program, please contact us. The current ECR representatives are:

DGPs Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology (bioDGPs):
Dr. Alexander Lischke (
Deputy: Dr. Barbara Schmidt (

German Society for Psychophysiology and its application (DGPA):
M. Sc. Maurizio Sicorello (
Deputy: Dr. Stephan Nebe (

The DGPA and the bioDGPs are funding the ECR program. Additional financial support is provided by the companies NIRx Medizintechnik GmbH, Brain Products and MES Forschungssysteme GmbH. Thank you!

Programme organized by the ECRs

Keynote Lecture

The keynote lecture by Russell Poldrack was proposed and organized by the ECRs and will also be moderated by them. Russell Poldrack has agreed to be available for a longer Q&A session after the lecture. Here, the young scientists are explicitly invited to contribute to a lively discussion.

Meet the Professor

The DGPs Section of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology is offering a Meet the Professor again this year, where graduate students and postdocs can exchange ideas with professors. A variety of professors will offer their expertise to advise graduate students and postdocs on research-specific (imaging, psychophysiology, etc.) and career-specific (open science, work life balance, gender equity, etc.) issues. The experts were selected at the request of the ECRs of the bioDGPs and the DGPA. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 3 from 12:00-12:45. Questions regarding the meeting can be addressed to the representative of the ECRs, Prof. Alexander Lischke (

The following professors were selected by the early carreer members of the bioDGPs and the DGPA:

  • Prof. Birgit Derntl (Universität Tübingen)
    Research Expertise: Neuroendocrinology, Imaging (MRI), Social Cognition
  • PD Gesa Hartwigsen (Max-Planck-Institut Leipzig)
    Research Expertise: Brain Stimulation (TMS/TDCS), Neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG), Cognition, Plasticity, Stroke
    Career Expertise: Early Career Support, Career Transition (Max Planck Institute), Women in Science, Leadership Questions, International Grant Applications
  • Prof. Stefanie Höhl (Universität Wien)
    Research Expertise: Imaging (fNIRS, EEG, Hyperscanning), Infant Research, Social-Cognitive Development
    Career Expertise: Early Career Support, Career Transition (Max Planck Institute), Women in Science, Gender Equality, Work Life Balance (Parenting), International Networking
  • Prof. Robert Kumsta (Universität Bochum)
    Research Expertise: Genetics, Epigenetics, Gene-Environment Interplay, Stress
    Career Expertise: International Mobility
  • Prof. Andrea Kübler (Universität Würzburg)
    Research Expertise: Brain Computer Interface, Neurofeedback, Open Science, Mindfulness
    Career Expertise: Early Career Support, Women in Science, Gender Equality, Misconduct
  • Prof. Alexander Lischke (Medical School Hamburg)
    Research Expertise: Social Cognition, Neuroendocrinology, Psychophysiology, Experimental Psychopathology, Psychiatry
    Career Expertise: Early Career Support, Career Transition (Private University), Application for Professorship, Psychotherapeutic Training
  • Prof. Daniela Mier (Universität Konstanz)
    Research Expertise: Imaging (fMRI), Psychiatry, Social Cognition
    Career Expertise: Early Career Support, Women in Science, Psychotherapeutic Training
  • Prof. Martin Reuter (Universität Bonn)
    Research Expertise: Genetics, Neuroendocrinology, Decision Making, Addiction, Individual Differences
    Career Expertise: Early Career Support, Career Transition (Public University), Negotiations Appointment for Professorship
  • Prof. Anja Strobel (Technische Universität Chemnitz)
    Research Expertise: Open Science
    Career Expertise: Early Career Support, Women in Science, Gender Equality, Work Life Balance
  • Prof. Matthias Wieser (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    Research Expertise: Imaging (EEG), Psychophysiology, Experimental Psychopathology
    Career Expertise: Early Career Support, Career Transition (International University), International Mobility
Round Tables

This year, for the first time, the Section Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the DGPs and the DGPA offer two roundtables: a Round Table Doctoral Students & Postdocs and a Round Table New Professors. This is to allow our members, who are at different stages of their careers, to exchange ideas based on their respective needs. Both roundtables will take place on Friday, June 4 from 12:00-12:30.

The Doctoral Students & Postdocs Round Table is aimed at doctoral students, postdocs, junior research group leaders and junior professors below the W2 level. The focus here is on the exchange of information regarding career development up to attaining a W2 position. The main aim is to promote exchange with the division in order to be able to plan and implement support and funding opportunities for young scientists.

The New Professors Round Table is aimed exclusively at professors and working group leaders at W2 level and above who have occupied their position within the last 2 years. The focus here is on the exchange of information regarding the challenges associated with filling such a position. In particular, the exchange among the new professors and group leaders should be promoted in order to build networks that can be helpful in shaping the newly appointed position.
Questions regarding the round tables can be addressed to the ECR representative of the bioDGPs, Prof. Alexander Lischke ( If you are interested in participating in the Round Table New Professors, you can contact us in advance so that we can plan the table accordingly.


Three pre-conference workshops are organized by the ECRs. Details can be found here in the programme.


The ECRs together with the DGPA have announced three prizes for science communication! More details in the programme under awards.

Early Career Researcher Meeting

The virtual meeting of the ECR at the “Psychologie und Gehirn 2021” starts on Wednesday, June 2 at 2:00 pm. The meeting is aimed at all master students, PhD students, post-docs and junior professors and serves to promote the exchange and networking among young scientists. First, the ECR representatives of the bioDGPs and the DGPA will report on their activities in the past year and give an outlook on the planned activities in the coming year. We are looking forward to your suggestions and feedback here. Afterwards, the present ECRs will elect the new deputy young member representatives of the DGPA as well as of the bioDGPs.

Discussion Hubs

For the first time at a PuG conference, an interactive discussion hub will take place directly after the early career researcher (ECR) meeting. On Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 between 3:00-4:15 pm, we will engage in several parallel group discussions, which will focus on current topics that are of interest to ECRs in biopsychology working in the German academic system. The topics of these group discussions were decided prior to the conference with the help of a survey directed at all ECRs:

  1. Work-Life-Balance and Psychological well-being
  2. Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz
  3. Open Science and Reproducibility
  4. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion*

During the discussion hub, small groups of four to ten participants will talk about one of the topics, exchange experiences and opinions, identify critical issues, and put together a brief written overview of the results of their discussion. The output of this group work will be presented to the other discussion groups, and will be discussed with the boards of the DGPA and the bioDGPs, possibly leading to the development of general guidelines to be recommended by both the DGPA and the bioDGPs.

*Although this topic was not included in the survey initially, we decided to add it due to its relevance specifically for ECRs and recent coverage in the psychological and neuroscience communities.   

Poster Flash Talks

ECRs can additionally apply for an ECR poster flash talk if they want to present their work in front of a larger audience. The poster flash will feature five-minute presentations by ten selected ECRs, each followed by a three-minute discussion. The presenters will be selected by the ECR representatives of bioDGPs and DGPA. The selection process will be results and discussion blind. To apply, paste an additional 250-word abstract of your work without Results and Discussion sections in the field indicated “Results-Blind Poster Flash Abstract”. Use the additional words to explain your study’s rationale and methods more thoroughly. If available, including preregistration information is strongly encouraged.