Welcome to ECEM 2017 in Wuppertal

The 19th European Conference on Eye Movements, ECEM 2017, will take place from Sunday, August 20th (afternoon), to Thursday, August 24th, in Wuppertal, Germany.

Over its more than three decade long history, ECEM has grown to become the largest scientific meeting on eye movement research worldwide. The conference brings together a vibrant community of researchers working towards a better understanding of eye movements, while also using them as a tool to study a wide range of topics in neuroscience, cognitive science and various fields of application.

Our goal is to promote communication and cooperation between participants from diverse areas such as neurophysiology, psychology, medical sciences, linguistics, computer science, human factors and many others. An important feature of ECEM is the presentation of state of the art equipment and software by manufacturers of eye movement recording systems (see the links to our conference sponsors).

Contributions to the Conference

Invited talks represent keynote lectures on fundamental issues in our field, discussing ongoing research programs in relation to the state of the art and outlining perspectives for future lines of work. This year’s keynote lectures will be given by Debra Titone (Canada), Laure Pisella (France), Marisa Carrasco (USA), Ben Tatler (United Kingdom, Scotland), James Bisley (USA) and Karl Gegenfurtner (Germany).

Symposia are thematic session on a topic reflecting substantial research progress and sparking significant scientific debate. Preference is given to symposia providing diverse theoretical and empirical approaches to issues that appear relevant to more than one field of eye movement research.

Talks in regular conference sessions are aimed to present high quality, original, empirical research. Any work related to the study of eye movements and eye tracking from a neurobiological, psychological, clinical, computational or applied perspective can form the base of an oral presentation.

Posters are interactive presentations reporting empirical research on the same level of quality as oral presentations. The advantage of a poster presentation is the opportunity to engage in detailed individual discussions while presenting a project. Young researchers and students are especially encouraged to submit their ongoing work in this format.

Conference venue and accommodation

The city of Wuppertal is located in western Germany, very close to Cologne and Düsseldorf. There is ample opportunity for touristic traveling, with local attractions ranging from beer gardens in the old town, world famous music and dance theaters, all the way to medieval castles and long hiking trails in unspoiled nature. The romantic Rhine valley is just a short drive away. More information can be found here

The local organizing team has secured a large block of hotel rooms at special rates for the conference. In general, lodging in the area is moderately priced, but accommodation can become limited in the high summer season. We advise early hotel reservation. See here for details.

Program information and publication of abstracts

The conference program and all abstracts will be made available both online and as a printed booklet during the conference. In addition, the abstracts will be published in the form of a special issue in the Journal of Eye Movement Research (Editor: Rudolf Groner, Bern). See here for the abstracts of ECEM 2015: https://bop.unibe.ch/index.php/JEMR/issue/view/561

We look forward to welcoming you in Wuppertal. On behalf of all involved in ECEM 2017: Ralph Radach (conference chair), Heiner Deubel (co-chair and head of the program committee), Christian Vorstius and Markus Hofmann (heads of the local organizing committee).