Announcing Dr. Diane Beck as the OPAM 29 keynote speaker!
We are excited to announce Dr. Diane Beck as the OPAM 2021 Keynote Speaker!
Dr. Beck runs the Attention and Perception lab at the University of Illinois, where she is a Professor of Psychology and a faculty member in the Neuroscience Program and the Beckman Institute Cognitive Neuroscience group. Dr. Beck’s research combines diverse methods including functional magnetic resonance imaging, behavioral methods, and transcranial magnetic stimulation to identify the cognitive processes and neural structures that enable and limit our visual representations of the world. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and an active advocate for early career researchers in her work with Females of Vision et al. (FoVea). More information about Dr. Beck’s work is available on her lab website.
Professional Development Awards
Due to the virtual format of the meeting, OPAM 29 will have five $200 professional development awards in place of travel awards. In order to be considered for an award, your current advisor or a senior scientist you know well will need to nominate you by October 15. Only OPAM presenters are eligible for awards this year. If you would like to be nominated for a professional development award, provide your nominator with the following link to our nomination form: https://forms.gle/j9ZVNyZFS5Bwef6M9.
Partnership with Visual Cognition
Visual Cognition has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of OPAM. This year, submissions that are chosen for talk presentations will have the opportunity to submit their ultimate manuscripts through a fast-tracked and full peer-review process for publication at Visual Cognition. OPAM talks-turned-manuscripts will be expedited and guaranteed a 40-day turnaround from submission to initial decision (including full reviews). Furthermore, the editorial board at Visual Cognition are eager to mentor young trainees and will provide extra constructive feedback through the peer-review process. Publications that come out of this process will be highlighted as special OPAM papers. This OPAM–Visual Cognition publication opportunity is completely optional, and presenters are by no means obliged to submit to Visual Cognition; furthermore, ultimate acceptance of the submitted manuscript is not guaranteed. However, we sincerely hope that high-quality presentations that are submitted to OPAM and chosen for talks will take advantage of this unique opportunity!
Thank you to our past and current sponsors for making OPAM possible! Consider being a sponsor for 2021. Sponsoring OPAM emphasizes your commitment to supporting the scientific endeavors of early-career researchers (see infographic!), and fostering networking opportunities for individuals who will be on the market for graduate studies, postdoctoral positions, faculty appointments, and industry positions. Sponsorship rates begin for as little as $225, which includes advertising space in the OPAM program, website and e-mails, and spotlight exposure during the conference. Typical sponsors include academic departments, hardware and software companies, and other research-related institutions. If your organization is interested in supporting OPAM, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible!
We are grateful to our 2021 sponsors for their support in enabling us to organize and run OPAM 29! Consider being a sponsor!