Photo credit: Kevin Curtis

Photo credit: Kevin Curtis

The purpose of the ECMN Research Forums is to give early career philosophers of mind the opportunity to present work in progress to others at a similar stage in development in order to receive critical but constructive feedback in a supportive environment. The aim is also to provide a forum for us to ask for advice and share ideas about how to tackle some of the challenges we face at this stage.

Early career researchers (ECRs) in the philosophy of mind are, for the most part, geographically dispersed. While we work on topics that call for an interdisciplinary approach including, for example, perception, self-representation, action and social cognition, our training has typically been limited to philosophy. We also have few, if any, opportunities to engage with one another and limited resources to help us identify opportunities for impact emerging from our research.

The Early Career Mind Network project addresses these particular challenges by creating a forum for early career philosophers of mind to share research, ideas and experience.

In 2016/17 there will be two sessions of the Research Forum: a Spring Session and a Summer Session.



  • University of Cambridge: 4 & 5 August 2016
  • University of Durham: 1 & 2 September 2016

The venues for these two meetings will both be accessible. If you have any questions about accessibility please email Alisa Mandrigin.


Each research forum will run over two days, starting promptly at 12.30pm on Day One, and finishing at 4.30pm on Day Two.

The aim of holding the meetings is to provide ECRs in the philosophy of mind with opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and support. It is therefore expected that all funded participants will present some of their current research. Each presentation slot will be one hour long. We recommend that participants present for a maximum of 30 minutes, so as to leave 30 minutes for discussion. Given the aims of the network, we also encourage participants to present work in progress rather than published research.

There will also be a training session on a topic of relevance to early career philosophers of mind at each of the meetings:

  • Warwick: Dr Liese Perrin (Research Development Manager (Arts), University of Warwick) will lead a training session on funding applications, sharing practice and resources for attracting grant income.
  • Glasgow: Dr David Bain (Reader (Philosophy), University of Glasgow) will lead an interactive session on publishing in philosophy.
  • Cambridge: Professor Richard Holton (Professor of Philosophy, Peterhouse, Cambridge) will lead a training session on the North American university system and tenure.
  • Durham: Dr Victoria Patton (Project coordinator, 'Hearing the Voices', School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health, Durham) will lead a training session on public engagement.

Participants are asked to attend the entire meeting, although some allowances will be made where travel arrangements require a late arrival or early departure.


Our aim is to ensure ECRs in a variety of different circumstances are able to take part if they want to.

Spring Sessions 2016

The following travel and accommodation expenses for participants will be reimbursed after the event:

  • one night’s accommodation per participant
  • travel expenses for economy or standard class tickets up to a maximum of £90

Summer Sessions 2016

Participants can claim up to a total of £140 for travel and accommodation costs, as well as reasonable costs for refreshments and dinner.

No catering will be provided during the meetings. The local organiser will arrange for a pay-as-you-go dinner on Day One of the meeting.


The research forums are intended to support Early Career Researchers in the philosophy of mind who are based in the UK. We understand ‘early career researcher’ to mean anyone who submitted their PhD thesis between 1 January 2009 and 1 April 2016. Applicants should have substantial research interests in the philosophy of mind, including philosophy of psychology, neuroscience etc., broadly construed.

Those who do not meet these criteria are still welcome to apply, although priority will be given to those who do.

Applicants are eligible to attend either one or other of the Cambridge or Durham meetings, but not both.


Applications will open at 12 noon on Thursday 16 June 2016 and will close at 12 noon on Friday 24 June 2016. To apply, please fill out this form.

Applicants should be informed of the outcome of the application process by 1 July 2016.

There are up to nine spots for presenters at each meeting. Participants will be selected on a first-come first-served basis, although priority will be given to ECRs in philosophy of mind who have submitted their thesis between 1 January 2009 and 1 April 2016 and who have not yet started a permanent job within academia.


To apply to participate in one of the meetings you will be asked about your current employment status, the year in which you submitted your PhD thesis, and about your research specialization. Answers to these questions will help us confirm eligibility.

You will be asked if you have a preference for one or other meeting. If you have a preference but are still able and happy to participate in the other meeting, then please indicate this in the relevant section of the form. We will try to take individual preferences into account, but it may not always be possible to do so.

You will also be asked to give the provisional title for the presentation you would like to give at the meeting. This won’t be taken into account in the selection process, although it will help us to create the programme once a selection of participants has been made.


If you have any questions about the research forums, eligibility or how to apply, email Alisa Mandrigin.