The 42nd Annual Virtual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society took place entirely online this year. Although attendees were scattered around the world in their own homes, there was no shortage of enthusiasm for connecting with colleagues and learning about new research. Over the four days of the conference, 2,144 people joined the event.
Anna Drummey, CSS Executive Officer, reflected on the conference by sharing: “CogSci2020 has marked a moment in history. Due to the worldwide situation, we had no choice but to transfer the conference to a virtual format. Thankfully, we still were able to maintain an exciting program crafted by the 2020 organizers. Some highlights for me included a number of great talks, an interesting discussion between Geoff Hinton and Jay McClelland, and a truly moving tribute to Jeff Elman by his family. That said, perhaps the best benefit this year was that because of some financial decisions made by CSS, and the online format, CogSci2020 reached the largest audience ever. I have received emails from people all over the world that would have never had the opportunity to participate. This has made CogSci2020 a truly game changing experience.”
In addition to talks and posters, the conference also featured an important CogSci tradition — a talk by the 2020 Rumelhart Prize recipient, Stanislas Dehaene, followed by a reception to announce the next recipient. Although we couldn’t all cheer for Susan Goldin-Meadow in person, the CogSci community erupted in a virtual celebration when her name was announced.
Her pioneering contributions to language acquisition, gesture, numerical cognition, and education make her work fundamental to the theoretical foundations of cognitive science. Huge congratulations to our 2021 Rumelhart Prize Winner, Susan Goldin-Meadow!! #CogSci2020 pic.twitter.com/RTxJn9bk8z
— CogSci Society (@cogsci_soc) July 31, 2020
Fortunately, the virtual format didn’t prevent us from seeing our members’ creativity and artistic talent.
— Natalia Vélez (@natvelali) July 29, 2020
#cogsci2020 is officially done and if only I could tell you how much my first time attending left me feeling inspired…
Instead, here's a doodle of some talk/poster content that made the highlight reel. All credit to every scientist I watched/met, humbled to learn from y'all. pic.twitter.com/6tohGx3oMM
— Brandon Carrillo (@_BrandoCarrillo) August 1, 2020
Tweeting for the first time to say that my first conference was a blast (even virtually)! Thanks to the #cogsci2020 organizers, and the countless speakers for making the experience so enriching. I'll be spending the next week watching all the talks I missed 🙂 https://t.co/85FpKi97Jl
— Peter Zhu (@petergzhu) August 2, 2020
Had a blast at #CogSci2020 this past weekend and am excited to get back to work and connect with folks!
— Auguste Seong (@AugScience) August 3, 2020
Please join us in Vienna for CogSci2021!