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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Tricia (Striano) Skoler , Dr. James Trujillo, Prof. Dr. Tony Charman and Dr. Judit Ciarrusta will lead our keynote sessions.

Public Speaker

Talks and poster sessions

Both days will have a dedicated talk and poster sessions where you can present your work and learn from the work of others.


Networking activities

Day 1
15th September

08:30 - 09:30
Registration & Breakfast
09:30 - 09:50
Opening address to SAPIENS conferece
Prof.  Emily Jones
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
09:50 - 11:00
Opening talks:
Trying to make sense of the developing brain
Dr. Judit Ciarrusta

Manipulation of phasic arousal by auditory cues and its modulatory effect on. visual attention to faces in infancyDr. Giorgia Bussu

Ideas on robust EEG methods in developmental research Dr. Rianne Haartsen 
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
11:00 - 12:30
Coffee Break &
Poster Breakout Session 1
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30
Keynote Presentation 1:
Prof. Tricia Striano
Riding the Waves through the "Oh, Rats!" of Research
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
14:30 - 14:40
Coffee Break
14:40 - 15:50
Afternoon talks:
Viewing parent-child interaction through the lens of multimodal actions; a pattern analysis
- Jasmine Siew

Is looking at the speaking mouth beneficial for language acquisition?
- Magdalena Szmytke

Interdependencies between vocal behaviour and interpersonal arousal coupling in caregiver-infant dyads – Prof. Sam Wass
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
15:50 - 16:10
Coffee and cake
16:10 - 17:10
Round table discussion: 
Word Poverty and global health
Moderators: Prof. Sarah Floyd-Fox and Chika Ezeugwu
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
19:00 - 20:30
Evening Post-Conference Social Activity
St. Baafsplain (in front of the cathedral)
Stationary photo

Day 2
16th September

08:45 - 09:15
Registration and Coffee
09:15 - 09:30
Opening address day 2 of SAPIENS conference - Prof. Emily Jones
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
09:30 - 10:30
Keynote presentation 1: Tony Charman
What have we learned from infants with autism?
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
10:30 - 11:50
Coffee Break / Late Breakfast
11:50 - 12:30
Morning talks:
Dyadic measures and its role in visual attentional network development in typically developing infants within 1st year of life - Tanaya Batabyal

The social brain in children with typical development and at elevated likelihood of ASD
Arianna Zanatta
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:40
Afternoon talks part 1:
Visual attention to social stimuli in infancy: etiology and link to later socio-communicative abilities – Charlotte Viktorsson

How infants use their parent’s nonverbal behaviour to anticipate turns in conversation – Niilo Valtakari

The concurrent associations between infants' social engagement and neural specialization to social stimuli - Dianna Ilyka
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
14:40 - 14:50
Coffee Break
14:50 - 15:50
Keynote presentation 2: Dr. James Trujillo
Using motion tracking and Neuroimaging to study multimodal communicative behaviour
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
15:50 - 16:20
Coffee and cake
16:20 - 17:00
Afternoon talks part 2:
Using real-time analysis to study social brain specialisation in the individual infant Elena Throm

Where is mom? Assessing facial identity processing in infants using frequency-tagging EEG
- Steffie Amelynck
Augustus Vermeylen Aula
17:00 - 17:30
Discussion, poster prize 1 announcement and closing remarks - Prof. Emily Jones
Augustus Vermeylen Aula

Social event

What: evening guided walking tour of the beautiful city centre of Ghent. Three professional guides will walk you around the city for 1h30 and share interesting historical and fun facts about Ghent and its inhabitants.


When: 15th of September at 19:00.


Where: the tour will start in Sint-Baafsplein, in front of Sint-Baafskathedraal.


This social event will be a nice opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the medieval historical centre but also to have an informal chat with the other attendees.

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