Call for new OPAM organizers!

We are seeking two new OPAM organizers for two-year terms starting in 2018. Selection of organizers will be based on candidates’ experience and nomination letter, which should be sent to by February 28th, 2018. Please include a link to the candidate’s website and CV in the nominations. Interested candidates are encouraged to ask for one nomination from a researcher who knows them well. If that person is not also the candidate’s 2018 supervisor, we require a short letter of approval from that person. Criteria for the selection of OPAM organizers include the breadth and depth of research experience and expertise in visual cognition (e.g., familiarity with a broad range of object-processing literature), as well as organizational and interpersonal skills. Preference is given to early-career researchers without faculty positions at the time of appointment, particularly postdoctoral researchers.

Excitement for graduate and postdoctoral research is required!

Thanks again to everyone who made OPAM 2017 such a success. Special thanks to  Emma Wu Dowd and Eric Taylor for their service to the OPAM community. Their leadership and care was essential to creating the high-quality experience we experienced at OPAM XXV.

And one last word of thanks for our sponsors, who keep OPAM free! Stay tuned for exciting announcements about OPAM 26 in the coming months!

See you at OPAM 2018 on Thu, Nov 15th in New Orleans!


Partnership with Visual Cognition

Visual Cognition has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of OPAM, and this year we are excited to announce a new step forward for OPAM submissions. In previous years, OPAM talk presenters were given the opportunity to publish their talk summaries in Visual Cognition. 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 CognitionOPAM 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!


OPAM 2018 is looking for sponsors! 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, and faculty appointments. Sponsorship rates begin for as little as $200, which includes advertising space in the OPAM program, website and e-mails, and spotlight exposure during the conference. Typical sponsors include academic departments, software companies, and other research institutions. If your organization is interested in supporting OPAM, please contact us at as soon as possible!

2017 Sponsors
We are grateful to our 2017 sponsors for their support in enabling us to organize and run OPAM XXV!