Cognitive Neuroscience Conference on

Body-Brain Waves

30 June—02 July 2023, Salerno, Italy


Body-Brain physiological waves meet the waves of the Amalfi Coast

For decades now, both cognitive and translational neuroscience have corroborated the pivotal role of neural oscillations in perception, cognition, and motor behavior in health and pathology.
These research lines have, however, almost exclusively showcased the tight link between brain activity and behavior, while neglecting the essential and modulatory influence of the body and its peripheral physiological activity.

During this conference, we will present and discuss recent exciting evidence showing that neural excitability, information processing, and overt behavior are distinctly influenced by physiological body signals.
This invites the combined assessment of respiration, heart, and gastrointestinal rhythms together with brain activity and promises to unravel dynamic and holistic interactions between peripheral and brain physiology that critically informs and advances our understanding of how we perceive, act, and evaluate the dynamically changing environment we live in.


  • Submission Deadline: 25 April 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 May 2023
  • Opening Registration : 1 May 2023
  • Registration Deadline: 30 May 2023
  • Conference Date: 30 June — 02 July 2023


Prof. Dr Sonja A. Kotz

Maastricht University

Head of Neuropsychology Section,

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Antonio Criscuolo

Maastricht University

PhD Student
Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience


Freek van Ede

VU Amsterdam, NL

Esra Al

Columbia University, US

Klaus Gramann

TU Berlin, DE

Marzia De Lucia

Lausanne University, CH

Uroš Marušič

ZRS Koper, SI

Sarah Garfinkel


Christian Keitel

University of Dundee, UK

Niia Nikolova

Aarhus University, DK

Daniel Kluger

WWU Münster, DE


Full conference program
available here.


Aperitivo + dinner in Salerno

Cruise to Amalfi + Aperitivo

Visit Paestum and the Greek temples

Specify attendance to social events in the registration form.
Note that the registration costs do not include the fees for social events.
The fee for the social events will be collected in cash on the first day of the conference, at the registration booth.


Palazzo di Citta (Municipality building of Salerno)

Piazza Giovanni Amendola, 84121 Salerno SA, Italy (Google Map)

On foot from Salerno central station

18min walk from Salerno central station (getting there by bus is not recommended) (Google Map)

By Public Transport from Napoli central station

Google Map

From Napoli Capodichino airport


Shuttle / taxi / shared taxi to Napoli central station: (Link to the airport website)

Note that the ‘shared taxi’ is an official service. It cannot be booked in advance, but is available throughout the day.

Payments only in cash.

city of Salerno

Salerno is an ancient city in Campania (Southwestern Italy), located on the Gulf of Salerno, in the Tyrrhenian Sea. With its privileged geographical position, connecting the Amalfi and the Cilento Coast, the province of Salerno is one of the largest provinces in Italy. Almost 60% of its territory is protected by UNESCO and stretches over ~200 miles of coasts. Human settlements in Salerno date back to pre-historic times. In the early Middle Ages, the Schola Medica Salernitana, the first medical school in the world, was founded here. The Normans in 1077 made Salerno the capital of their rule in all Southern Italy, and the city became a great center for learning, culture, and the arts in the 16th century.

The historical centre of Salerno boasts many vestiges of the medieval period, during which the town enjoyed a full splendour. The modern Salerno has mainly developed in the plain area, overlooked by the ‘Arechi’ Castle, located on the ‘Colle Bonadies’, which was the hub of defensive system of the ancient city. From the castle, tourists can enjoy the wonderful and brethtaking panorama of the city and the Gulf of Salerno, and visit the local medieval museum.

More info on Salerno:



What to see:

What to do:

(english versions available: flag on top right, or right-click and translate)

Other recommended activities

Arechi castle: medieval castle on top of Salerno

Minerva’s gardens: ancient botanic gardens of the Schola Medica Salernitana

The path of the gods: hiking trail, ~7-10km above the Amalfi coast

The path of lemons: hiking trail, ~5km long, running through the famous Amalfi coast’s lemon gardens

More trekking options here


We encourage students, and early and mid-career researchers to register by submitting an abstract and expressing a preference for a 5, 10 or 15 min talk. The abstract should shortly summarize ongoing experimental research and research lines, but can also include planned studies, literature reviews and novel frameworks (including theories and opinions) in various fields of neuroscience.

For the submission, please prepare a 2-page *.pdf file organized as follows:

  • 1st page: Title, authors and affiliation, preference for a talk of 5, 10 or 15 min, followed by a 250-word abstract and references (refs are optional);
  • 2nd page: A short (150-word) bio

Please, submit your abstract via the online submission portal.

Should you have further questions, please send an email to
The submission deadline is on the 25th of April, 2023.

Fields of interest

Fundamental neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, translational neuroscience, computational neuroscience, cognitive science, experimental psychology, network science, and network physiology. 

Topics of interest (but not limited to)

Body-brain interactions, neural oscillations, body physiology, temporal processing, temporal prediction, formal predictions, sensory processing, perception, action, learning, memory, emotion processing, consciousness/awareness, sleep, social cognition, and methods development.

Submit your abstract or symposium proposal by the 25th of April, 2023.
You do not have to pay the conference fee at this stage.


Submit your abstract or symposium proposal by the 25th of April, 2023.
You do not have to pay the conference fee at this stage.

Note that you can attend the conference only if you have paid the registration fee.

For inquiries and questions, contact:


Early-bird registration fees:

  • BSc, MSc and PhD students: €150
  • Others: €200

Late-bird (after 12 May) registration fees:

  • BSc, MSc and PhD students: €200
  • Others: €250


Registration portal is now OPEN.

Note that you can attend the conference only if you have paid the registration fee.

Discount codes available for Italian Institutes and researchers in Italy.
Student volunteers accepted. Don’t hesitate to contact me for any question.

follow the registration link here


The time is ripe for a fundamental shift on how we study human brain and behavior: a more holistic, dynamic and individualized approach to the study of brain and bodily physiological signals will critically advance and foster the study of neurocognitive functions from health to pathology and should support the development of individualized and holistic training and intervention programs. However:

  • Do we have the adequate research and medical equipment?
  • How hard is (mobile) body-brain imaging?

This year’s sponsors:


Please, specify your accommodation preferences in the registration form.
The period of the conference will be in the peak season as Salerno is a highly popular tourist destination.
Accordingly, we’re currently arranging hotel deals via the Municipality.

Accommodation list is available via this link (PDF)

*Note that specifying your preference in the registration form does not mean that you have to book accommodation via us.