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 Fall 2020, so you are very welcome to apply again in September.

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


We are delighted to announce that our next 3-day INTERDEM Academy Masterclass will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 11-13 March 2020, as part of the 1th DISTINCT School and in collaboration with the DeepSpa project. This 3-day Masterclass will have a specific focus on Social Cognition and Technology and will be aimed at PhD students who are in an early phase of their project. Please find here more information about the Masterclass. Registrations are now welcomed.

The aims of the INTERDEM Academy Masterclasses are twofold:

  • Firstly, we seek to broaden the scope of our early-stage researchers by enhancing their understanding of the complexities in research directed towards people with dementia and by applying this knowledge to reflect on their own research projects.
  • Secondly, we would like to provide our Academy researchers with the opportunity to get acquainted with their junior and senior colleagues within both the INTERDEM as well as the Academy networks, in order to set the basis for future collaborations across Europe.

For more information please contact the training manager Dr. Fania Dassen,


Previous Interdem Academy Masterclass

“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