The Central European Cognitive Science Association (CECOG) is a civil association established to foster cooperation of research and teaching in the field of cognitive science in Central Europe. 'Central Europe' is taken in both its geographic sense and its broadest interpretation in the intellectual domain, but the activities of the association are not restricted in either sense. The main activity of the association is the organization of the yearly DUCOG conference series, sharing graduate training information, and promoting summer schools.
Our annual conference is an open, international event. Students, researchers and professors are encouraged to attend from all over the world. The conference is attracting about 100 participants each year. The advantage of a relatively small conference is that it fosters open discussion and a scientific networking experience for both senior and younger participants. The conference features invited talks around a hot topic of cognitive science. Beyond that, anyone can submit poster presentations, which are not restricted to the topic of the conference. The authors of small number of poster submissions are invited to present their research orally. The conference takes place at the end of each May in Dubrovnik.
CECOG was founded in 2006 by:
Csaba Pléh (then Budapest University of Technology and Economics, now at Central European University, Budapest-Vienna), who acted as the first president of the association,
Ilona Kovács (then Budapest University of Technology and Economics, now at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest), and
Melita Kovačević (University of Zagreb).
Cognitive science, as the interdisciplinary study of cognition, has become one of the central integrating disciplines both in Europe and in the U.S. during the last decades. Generally, it promises to provide an overall view of cognition and offer foundations for its application. By combining the notions and methods of psychology, neuroscience and biology, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, and social sciences including linguistics, anthropology, and economics, it keeps alive the vision that the infamous two cultures divide can be overcome.
Since 2016, the president of the association is Gergely Csibra (Central European University). The secretaries of the association are Rebeka Zsoldos (ELTE) and Bálint Varga (CEU).
As a nonprofit organization, we organize our conferences on a budget that depends on the registration fees of previous events. However, this year, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we had to cancel the conference. Since we still have to cover running expenses each year (including accounting and server hosting costs), this led to a situation where we had to start off organizing DUCOG 2021 on a more limited budget than usual. We aim to keep the quality of next year's DUCOG as high as previous years' conferences, and to be able to do so, we ask for your help in these special circumstances.
You can support us via sending donations to the following Transferwise account:
Account holder: Közép-európai Kognitív Tudományi Társaság
Bank code (SWIFT/BIC): CMFGUS33
from Europe: IBAN: BE56 9670 6263 5488
otherwise: SWIFT/BIC: TRWIBEB1XXX, IBAN: BE56 9670 6263 5488
from the UK only: sort code: 23-14-70, account no. 26806950
from the US only: ACH routing: 026073150, wire routing: 026073008, account no. 8310431426
from Hungary only: account no. 12600016-13514266-88159670
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Every donation, no matter what size, would help securing the future of the conference series.