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Rovereto workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects

The goal of this Rovereto workshop is to provide a unique forum for researchers from a range of perspectives who are interested in Concepts, Actions, and Objects to come together to discuss their research and develop new directions and collaborations.

The workshop differs from larger conferences in so far as there are a small number of speakers (all invited) and there are no concurrent talks. In addition to the individual talks, there will be a poster session for students, post-docs and young researchers to present their work. A small number of travel grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

The workshop, organized by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences will start on Thursday (May 3) with a welcome reception at 6 pm, and end on Saturday (May 5) at 6 pm.

Social dinner of the event will be on Saturday (May 5) at 8 pm.


The venue of the workshop is Palazzo Piomarta, Corso Bettini 84, Rovereto (TN)

Thursday, 3rd of May

18.00-20.00Welcome reception & Registration

Friday, 4th of May

9.00-10.15Michael McCloskey. Handwriting and the grammar of action: Computational, behavioral & neuropsychological perspectives
10.15-11.15Coffee break and poster session A
11.15-12.30Olivier Collignon. Crossmodal plasticity: Recycling the intrinsic neural and computational architecture of the brain?
14.00-15.15Ingrid Johnsrude. Cognitive mechanisms and brain signatures underlying the perception of sound objects
15.15-16.15Coffee break and poster session A
16.15-17.30Josef Rauschecker. What, where, how and when in the auditory cortex

Saturday, 5th of May

9.00-10.15Daniel Harari. The 'digital baby': guiding learning by innate structures
10.15-11.15Coffee break and poster session B
11.15-12.30Nicole Rust. Remembering what we’ve seen
14.00-15.30Abstract award presentations
15.30-16.30Coffee break and poster session B
16.30-17.45Nick Turk-Browne. Hippocampal prediction from objects and actions
20.00Social dinner

Scientific Organizers

  • Alfonso Caramazza
    University of Trento, Italy; Harvard University, USA
  • Melvyn Goodale
    University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Brad Mahon
    University of Rochester, USA
  • Alex Martin
    The National Institute of Mental Health, USA
  • Marius Peelen
    Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Sharon Thompson-Schill
    University of Pennsylvania, USA

Invited Speakers 

There are a small number of speakers (all invited) and there are no concurrent talks. There will be a poster session for students, postdocs and young researchers to present their work. A small number of travel grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Invited Speakers
  • Olivier Collignon, UC Louvain, Belgium; University of Trento, Italy
  • Daniel Harari, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Ingrid Johnsrude, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Michael McCloskey, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Josef Rauschecker, Georgetown University, USA
  • Nicole Rust, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Nicholas Turk-Browne, Yale University, USA

Abstract submission and workshop registration

Registration to CAOs 2018 workshop is mandatory for all participants.

  • € 180 for external faculty members and non-academic participants
  • € 100 for external students and post docs

The fee includes welcome reception, welcome buffet and coffee breaks.

Social dinner (39 euro per person) is not included in the registration fee.

The fee can not be refunded.

Posters session

Abstracts (maximum of 250 words) should briefly state the background to the research, the methods used, the principal findings (no statistics), and the theoretical significance of the work. Please do not cite references in the abstracts. Each author can appear as first author on one poster only.

Submissions for poster presentations due March 19, 2018.

Five 200 Euro awards will be granted on a competitive basis at the workshop, on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Only non-faculty first authored posters are eligible for the awards. The organizing committee will jointly decide the winning posters and will send emails with decisions to the winners.

Abstract Award Winners

In order to present the poster at the workshop, every poster session participant will be provided with a freestanding bulletin board, approximately 125 cm high and 95 cm wide, on which to display the poster. Please make sure that your poster does not exceed these dimensions.

Posters by Session A and B

Click here to register



List of Hotels with reserved rooms

Rooms at these Hotels have been reserved for workshop participants at favourable prices (in agreement with the hotels and the University of Trento) for the nights of the 3rd, 4th and 5th of May 2018.

The list is available here

We would like to remind that the conference venue is Rovereto.


The workshop, organized by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, will take place at Palazzo Istruzione (also called Palazzo Piomarta), Corso Bettini 84 - Rovereto (TN), Italy.

How to reach Rovereto

By car
A22 Brennero Motorway, exit Ala-Avio, exit Rovereto sud/Lago di Garda nord and exit Rovereto nord. Create your own route with www.maps.google.com  www.viamichelin.com

By train

Rovereto Railway Station, on the Bologna-Brennero line. For timetables check the Trenitalia website http://www.trenitalia.com/

By plane

Rovereto is about 100 km from Verona airport (Valerio Catullo), 200 Km from Venice airport (Marco Polo), 215 Km from Milano-Linate airport, 170 km from Milano Bergamo airport, 203 from Bologna airport and 245 km from Milano Malpensa airport.

Before selecting the best airport for your departure make sure to check the “Airport directions to Rovereto” document.

Moving around by bus

You can use buses to move around the city or to reach nearby places. For further information about routes, timetables and connections, check the Trentino Trasporti website: www.ttesercizio.it and here (JPG | 114 KB).

Taxi service in Rovereto

at the Railway Station – Piazzale Orsi n. 9, tel. 0464 421365

Useful links

About Rovereto

Set amid hills and vineyards, Rovereto is in the center of Valle dell’Adige, along the main road linking Trento and Verona.

We advise you to explore the city on foot, the streets of the city center are like a journey through different time periods:

  • the Middle Ages in the walls of Castelbarco
  • the dominion of the Republic of Venice in the home of the Podestà
  • the Eighteenth Century in the palazzi of Corso Bettini
  • the First World War in the rooms of the castle

Along the city streets, you can see the most important and prestigious Eighteenth century palazzi, from Accademia degli Agiati, to Teatro Zandonai, to the city library in palazzo Annona.

Many illustrous guests have visited the city. Perhaps the most famous is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who held his first concert in Italy in the church of San Marco.

In Rovereto you can visit museums of art, history and science such as Mart, Depero’s House of Futurist Art, the Italian War Museum and the City Museum Foundation.

Rovereto is also a City of Peace, as evidenced by the large memorial bell Campana dei Caduti. Cast using bronze of the cannons of the nations that took part in WWI, each evening its 100 tolls spread a universal message of peace.

Map of Rovereto with the main places of interest for CAOs 2018 attendees is available here


Conference Office
Communication and Events Office – Polo Rovereto
University of Trento
Corso Bettini, 84, 38068 Rovereto (TN)
fax +39 0464 808459