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RAW 2019 


October 24 - 26, 2019 
Rovereto, Trento - Italy 



IMG> Photo by Nicola De Pisapia: Piazza Cesare Battisti – Rovereto (TN- Italy)

The goal of the Rovereto Attention Workshop (RAW) is to provide a unique forum for researchers from a range of perspectives to come together to discuss their research and develop new directions and collaborations. RAW 2019 will cover the following topic: “Attention and Distraction”.

The workshop differs from larger conferences in so far as there are only eight speakers (all invited) and no concurrent talks. Additionally, a poster session is organized for young researchers, post-docs and students to present their work. A number of small fellowships will be awarded to the best abstract submissions.


Abstract submission: The deadline has been postponed to August 30th, 2019
Workshop registration: October 15th, 2019


The workshop RAW (PDF poster | 454 KB), organized by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences will start on October 24th at 6 pm with a welcome reception, and end on October 26th at 6 pm.

There will be a Social Dinner (optional) on the evening of October 26th.

All sessions (including registration) will be held at Palazzo Piomarta, Corso Bettini, 84 - Rovereto, Italy.

Talks will be 45 minutes with 25 minutes for questions following each talk.


Thursday, October 24th
18.00-20.00 – Welcome reception & Registration

Friday, October 25th
8.15-8.45 – Registration
9.00-10.10 – Dimension-based mechanisms of salient-distractor handling | Hermann Müller 
10.10-11.10 – Coffee break and poster session A
11.10-12.20 – Learning what is irrelevant or relevant: Expectations affect distractor inhibition and target facilitation through distinct neural mechanisms | Heleen Slagter 
12.20-14.00 – Lunch
14.00-15.10 – Proactive Inhibition of Salient Stimuli Prevents Attention Capture | Nicholas Gaspelin 
15.10-16.20 – Surround suppression in feature-based attention | Taosheng Liu 
16.20-17.30 – The adult attentive brain: Why study its development? | Gaia Scerif 
17.30-18.30 – Aperitivo and poster session A

Saturday, October 26th
9.00-10.10 – Neural signatures of top-down active stimulus/distractor suppression: A myth!? | Matthias Müller 
10.10-11.10 – Coffee break and poster session B
11.10-12.20 – Abstract award presentations
12.20-14.00 – Lunch
14.00-15.10 – Attentional prioritisation in time and memory | Frederik Van Ede 
15.10-16.10 – Coffee break and poster session B
16.10-17.20 – Multiple mechanisms of distractor ignoring: strategies, learning, and passive filtering | Joy Geng 

19.30 – Social dinner

Invited Speakers

Scientific Committee

  • Daniel Baldauf
    CIMeC, University of Trento, I
  • Marisa Carrasco
    New York University, USA
  • Leo Chelazzi
    University of Verona, I
  • Maurizio Corbetta
    University of Padova, I
  • Veronica Mazza
    CIMeC, University of Trento, I
  • Kia Nobre
    University of Oxford, UK

Abstract submission and workshop registration

Registration to RAW 2019 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 cannot be refunded.

Deadline for registration: October 15th, 2019

Poster 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.

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.

The programme of poster session is available (168 KB).

IMPORTANT: the deadline for the abstract submission to RAW has been postponed to August 30th, 2019

Abstract Award Winners

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.



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

We advise participants to contact the hotel directly to make a reservation. Booking details should include as reference “RAW Workshop 2019 - University of Trento”, surname, length of stay and credit card details.

Please, contact the hotel directly if there are any cancellations or changes to the reservation.

List of Hotels in Rovereto with reserved rooms

Rooms at these Hotels in Rovereto have been reserved for workshop participants for the nights of the 24, 25, 26 of October 2019.

  • Hotel Leon D'Oro: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until September 13, 2019
  • Hotel Rovereto: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until August 23, 2019
  • Hotel S. Ilario: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until September 24, 2019
  • Hotel Nerocubo: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until April 30, 2019
  • Relais Mozart: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until October 14, 2019
  • Ostello di Rovereto: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until September 24, 2019

The list of hotels is available
(Please, check fees of 2019 directly with the hotels)

Other accommodations in Rovereto

To have further information about other accommodations in Rovereto, please, go to the accommodation page of the “Azienda per il turismo di Rovereto e Vallagarina”.


The workshop, organized by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, will take place at 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 or www.viamichelin.com

By train

Rovereto Railway Station, on the Bologna-Brennero line. For timetables check the Trenitalia website

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 and on the map (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 RAW 2019 attendees 


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