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Workshop: "The role of gesture in cognitive and linguistic processes"

Call for abstracts

We are pleased to announce our student-led workshop on “The role of gesture in cognitive and linguistic processes”, hosted by the University of Warwick, on the 25th of July 2017.

The workshop is aimed at postgraduate (Master's and PhD) students who would like to present their research in a friendly environment. Our goal is to offer these students the opportunity to discuss their findings with peers and academics during the day of the workshop, which could help them to write up their research for academic journals and their dissertation. Students who are not presenting, postdocs, and lecturers are more than welcome to join the audience.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the influences of seeing and producing gesture on information processing, reasoning, language processing, problem-solving, word learning, and memory in both adults and children. We welcome behavioural, observational, and neuroscientific findings from researchers working in the fields of psychology, linguistics, gesture studies, cognitive science, and neuroscience.


The workshop language will be English. We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references). Abstracts should include the title, the authors and their affiliations (not included in the word count). Please indicate student authors by adding a “*” after their names. Abstracts may include figures and/or tables. Figure captions and table captions do not count towards the word count. Authors can submit as many abstracts as they wish, but the first author (and presenter) of each abstract must be a student.

Please include in your abstract 1) the topic of your study, 2) motivation, 3) research question, 4) methodology, 5) a short summary of the findings, and 6) your conclusion. Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format to the workshop's email address: warwickgestureworkshop2017 at gmail dot com. Please mention “Abstract submission” in the subject line of your message.

We have slots available for oral presentations (20 minutes + 5 minutes discussion) and a number of spaces for poster presentations.



There is NO registration fee for attending the workshop. Coffee, tea, lunch, refreshments will be provided throughout the day and we will have a wine-and-cheese reception during the poster session.


The workshop will take place in room H1.49 (Humanities Building extension) of the Psychology Department on the campus of the University of Warwick (Coventry, postcode: CV4 7AL).

An interactive map of our big campus can be found here. The room can be found via typing H1.49a or H1.49b in the search bar.

If you would like to use Google Maps, the exact coordinates of the entrance to the workshop venue are 52.381600, -1.559748

Social Media

On the day of the workshop, we will start a live tweet feed of the workshop using the hashtag #WWGW17 and the mention of @warwickrssp (our sponsor).

You can also follow @SuzanneAussems (Organizer) and @SotaroKita (Scientific Committee).

Travel information

There are direct train lines between London Euston and Coventry (±1 hour), and there is a taxi stand at the rail station (£15 to campus). Buses 11 and 12 go directly to the University campus from the station (£2 exact fare per single ticket).

The closest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX). Coventry station is ±10 minutes away and only one stop on the train (£3). A taxi ride directly from the airport to campus costs £35 and takes ±25 minutes.

We now also have Uber drivers operating in the area, which charge less than the black cabs.


You can register for the workshop by emailing us on warwickgestureworkshop2017 at gmail dot com. Please mention “Registration” in the subject line of your message. Make sure to include your name, affiliation, and title (e.g. student, professor) in your message to us, so that we can print this information on your name badge, which you will receive during the day of the workshop.


If you would like to stay overnight, please email us on the workshop’s email address. We will then help you to find a suitable place to stay. It is possible to book accommodation on campus via the University’s website.

*We have been informed that campus accommodation is quickly filling up. Those rooms that are available are between 75-125 pounds per night. There are many Airbnb hosts in the area that may be worth looking into, instead.*

Workshop dinner

We will have a workshop dinner at a traditional English student pub located on campus* on the day of the workshop, at 6.00pm. Please specify in your registration email if you would like to join for dinner. It will be possible to pay for your meal in cash or by card at the restaurant.

* The local smokehouse could unfortunately not accommodate the size of our party, but we are certain that the alternative will be great!

Scientific committee

 Sotaro Kita, Suzanne Aussems, & Jacob Barker.

The scientific committee will review the submissions and decide which abstracts will be assigned an oral or poster presentation. During the day of the workshop, the scientific committee will also select the best oral presentation and poster presentation, and the student first authors will receive a prize.

Organizing committee

Suzanne Aussems, & Jacob Barker.

Important dates

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This student-led research event is funded by the Careers & Research Students Skills Programme (RSSP) of the University of Warwick.

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