Interdem Academy


INTERDEM Academy is a European training network for early stage dementia researchers. INTERDEM Academy was established in 2014. The aim of INTERDEM Academy is to develop the careers and to build capacity of young researchers working on psychosocial interventions under supervision of INTERDEM seniors. INTERDEM Academy want to support the early stage researchers in their pathway to senior posts in the field.

To achieve this, INTERDEM Academy organizes expert workshops and masterclasses to develop ideas and methodological expertise. The INTERDEM Academy offers biannual travel fellowships for PhD students and postdoc researchers allowing them to spend 3-6 months in another INTERDEM research center. The goal is the exchange of knowledge and experience between the INTERDEM centres. INTERDEM Academy has grown in recent years to around 200 members from 20+ different countries. INTERDEM Academy and its activities are coordinated by Alzheimer Center Limburg/Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

The INTERDEM academy offers the opportunity to share expertise, create awareness for Academy talent and stimulate collaboration.

Glasgow Masterclass

FOUNDATION of Interdem Academy

The INTERDEM Academy has been founded in 2014 as part of the PRIDE project (PRomoting Independence in Dementia), funded by the NIHR/ ESRC (Ref ES/L001802/1WP5), led by prof Martin Orrell. This project aimed to identify how social and lifestyle changes may help reduce the risk of developing dementia and disability. PRIDE’s workpackage WP5 was to develop an INTERDEM Academy for the career development and capacity building of researchers in the area of psychosocial interventions and timely diagnosis in people with dementia, and to support the pathway to senior academic posts in the field. Maastricht University/Alzheimer Center Limburg was appointed the coordinating centre (prof Frans Verhey, prof Marjolein de Vugt). A postdoc was appointed for support in administration and organization. Prof Orrell, together with Dr Aimee Spector (UCL) and prof Esme Moniz-Cook were are also members of the organisation team.

Interdem Academy Fellowships

The INTERDEM Academy enables travel Fellowships for early-stage researchers allowing them to attain experience in another INTERDEM research center. Our grants cover expenses for travel and housing for a research exchange of 3-6 months. The salary of the fellow is not covered, and needs to be provided by the fellow’s institute.

INTERDEM Academy Fellowships 2020

Due to the uncertain situation with COVID-19, we unfortunately made the decision to not open the call for applications for the INTERDEM Academy travel fellowship – Spring 2020. We feel that this is not the right time to make plans for an exchange between INTERDEM centers.

We will postpone the call to Spring 2021, so you are very welcome to apply again in March.

Please find here a blog about the experiences of Mollie Price, a PhD student from Leeds Beckett University in England, who received an INTERDEM Academy fellowship in spring 2018 and visited Dr Anne Marie Mork Rokstad and her colleagues at Aldring og helse (Ageing and Health) in Asker, Norway. Here you can find a blog about the experiences of Jem Bhatt, A PhD student from University College London who visited Professor Rose-Marie Dröes at the VUmc in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to investigate the stigma experience of people living with dementia.

Become a new Interdem Academy member

INTERDEM Academy is a network of young researchers exploring psychosocial interventions for dementia under the supervision of INTERDEM members. Membership is free of charge and will enable you to take part in our events, and/or to apply for one of our travel fellowships.

INTERDEM Academy Membership is open to those who:

  • are currently fulfilling a PhD or post-doc position on psychosocial research in dementia
  • are affiliated with or supervised by a recognized INTERDEM member

In exceptional circumstances the coordinators may vary these criteria on an individual basis.

Applications for membership of INTERDEM Academy can be done by filling out and submitting the application form (DOWNLOAD IA Application Form 2020) to the coordinator of INTERDEM Academy – Dr Fania Dassen.

Next Interdem Academy Masterclass

Interactive INTERDEM Academy Seminar: Ethical Dilemma’s in Research Practice Part 2 – Playing the Dilemma game (online setting)

We are all fully aware of professional ethics, aren’t we? It turns out that things sometimes can be more complex than we perceive them, and a continuous awareness in situations where integrity issues are involved is required. Discussion ethics-related themes will become part of our DNA if we try to question our own ethics and beliefs regularly.

We hope that you agree with us on this. During this seminar, which is organized as a follow-up on our session during the 30th Alzheimer Europe Conference, we will therefore play the ‘Dilemma Game’, a game which can help us to address integrity issues during our careers as a scientist. After a plenary introduction by ethics expert Dorothee Horstkötter, we will split up in small breakout groups to play the game. This game will guide a discussion about ethical problems and provide you with the opportunity to exchange your ideas with fellow early stage researchers. We will end with a plenary discussion and debriefing. Mind you, there are NO winners or losers in this game!

This Masterclass will take place in ZOOM, on Friday the 12th of March 2021, from 15-17h (CET). You can sign up by sending an email to (please note there is a limited number of places available).

Previous Interdem Academy Masterclass

Interactive INTERDEM Academy Seminar during 30th Alzheimer Europe Conference 2020 (online setting): Ethical Dilemma’s in Research Practice

Dr. Dorothee Horstkötter, Prof. dr. Frans Verhey and Dr. Fania Dassen

We are all fully aware of professional ethics, aren’t we? It turns out that things sometimes can be more complex than we perceive, and a continuous awareness in situations where ethical issues are involved is required. Ethics are an important part of our daily research practice, and discussing ethics-related themes will become part of our DNA if we try to question our own ethics and beliefs regularly.

We hope that you agree with us on this. During this INTERDEM Academy seminar, we focussed on ethics in daily research practice. We started the session with three case examples presented by Prof. Verhey. Next, an introduction to research ethics was provided by ethics expert Dorothee Horstkötter from Maastricht University. This introduction was followed by an introduction to research integrity by Dr. Bart Penders. The session was closed with an interactive discussion of the case examples, in which all were invited to actively provide input. At the end there was time for Q&A on the topic and to bring in and discuss own examples with our ethics expert.

You can find the slides of our session Research ethics_combined.

You can already sign up for the follow-up session by sending your name to (more information and a date will follow soon). Participants from the current seminar will receive priority for a place. In this session we will play the ‘Dilemma Game’, a game which can help us to address integrity issues during our careers as a scientist.


“Should I plan my future career step-by-step? Will I ever be able to make a switch from academia to another field? How do I combine my career with having a family? What about my options when I do not get (or do not want) all these big grants?”

Our previous INTERDEM Academy Masterclass took place during the 29th Alzheimer Europe “

Conference from 23-25th October in The Hague in the Netherlands and was titled “Everything you ever wanted to know about career development”.

For this workshop about career development we invited a mix of established representatives working in the field of policy, clinic, company and academia (e.g. academia and non-academia). These speakers told the attendants more about their own background, career path, choices they have made and challenges they have faced along the way. They brought some first-hand experience of all the choices and challenges faced by early stage researchers, as they all were once at the point that most of you are now.

Please find HERE the slides of the introduction by Professor Frans Verhey.

Please find HERE the slides of Dr. Minke Kooistra, advisor scientific research @ Alzheimer Nederland.

Please find HERE the slides of Professor Rabih Chattat

Interdem Academy publication award

During times of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, we have been unable to continue with our biannual call for the INTERDEM travel fellowship. We have been looking for alternatives, and we decided that we will implement an annual publication award. Therefore, this year, our first annual publication competition will be organized for early stage researchers of the INTERDEM Academy. The purpose of this award is to create a platform in which young scientists not only take note of each other’s plans, but also inform each other and the senior INTERDEM-members about their results. The prize amount is 1000, – euro for the winner, and 500, – euro for the two runner-up.

Please check our rules and regulations carefully (you can find them INTERDEM Academy Publication award 2020-2021).

If you want to participate, you can send in your article (pdf), accompanying motivation letter (and if applicable proof of acceptation by the journal), via email to, before the 4th of January 18.00h CET. You will receive a confirmation of your contribution by email. The top three will be informed about the outcome by the 1th of March 2021.