More than 500 people joined the 1st “Affect, Personality and the Embodied Brain APE2020” Meeting

Sexta-feira, Setembro 25, 2020 - 12:14

Dates: 23rd to 25th September 2020 (online)
Attendees: more than 500 in the three days from 22 nationalities 
Activities: Posters, Poster Blitz, Presentations, Symposiums, Cultural Experience, Paints & Recreations



We sincerely thank the Keynote Speakers who made a significant contribution to the success of the APE2020:

Professor Veena Kumari
Director of Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Brunel University London

Title: “Personality Pathology: A Dimensional Perspective

Professor Saeid Sanei
School of Science & Technology, Nottingham Trent University

Title: "Deeper into the brain via signal processing and machine learning”

Professor Felice Jacka          
Director, Food and Mood Centre, IMPACT, Deakin University, Australia

Title: “Nutritional Psychiatry: translating new knowledge into population health benefits”



  • Oleg Medvedev (University of Waikato, New Zealand): Workshop “Using Generalisability Theory to Examine Sources of Error and Distinction Between State and Trait in Psychological Measurement” 
  • Daniel Mograbi (Editor-in-chief of the APA Journal Psychology & Neuroscience) – Interview “Discussion Round with a Journal Editor
  • Manuela Pintado (School of Biotechnology, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal) – Round Table “Partnership with industry” 
    • Luís Simões, Living Food (Kombucha), Portugal
    • Carla Rodrigues, Diverge, Centro de Inovação do Grupo Nabeiro (Delta Cafés; Coffee), Portugal
    • Terje Myvold, Nutrimed AS (Omega-3, Curcumin), Norway



Congratulations to all the participants for sharing their research during these 3 days. As early career or senior researchers you all did a great job and we really enjoyed hearing from you! 

To celebrate our emerging researchers, two early career prizes were awarded in the APE2020:

  • For Post-graduate (Master or PhD students): Gabriel Silva
  • For Post-doc (within three years of receiving PhD): Tara Zaksaite

Presentation Awards 2020:

  • Day 1 - Eve Penford
  • Day 2 – Manuel Silva
  • Day 3 – Gabriel Silva

Poster Blitz Awards 2020:

  • Day 1 – Ana Filipa Moreno
  • Day 2 – Miguel Ferreira
  • Day 3 – James Myers

Poster Awards 2020:

  • Theme 1 – Amber Fleet
  • Theme 2 – Stephanie Blanco



  • An incredibly piano recital with the Portuguese pianist António Oliveira
  • Wine reception (BYO)



Executive Committee:

  • Patrícia Oliveira-Silva, Ph.D. – Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory
  • Nadja Heym, Ph.D. – Nottingham Trent University
  • Alex Sumich, Ph.D. – Nottingham Trent University

Support Committee:

  • Julia Ayache – Nottingham Trent University
  • Miguel Ferreira – Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory
  • Mufti Mahmud, Ph.D. – Nottingham Trent University
  • Preethi Premkumaralyson – Nottingham Trent University
  • Matthew Belmonte, Ph.D. – Nottingham Trent University
  • Alyson Blanchard, Ph.D. – Nottingham Trent University 
  • Lucia Penalba – Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory
  • Louise Wallace – Nottingham Trent University
  • Stephanie Blanco – Nottingham Trent University
  • Sabrina Lenzoni – Nottingham Trent University
  • Ana Filipa Moreno – Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory
  • Patrícia Batista – Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory