OUR KEY PROJECT
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.
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 2019
The INTERDEM Academy will enable fellowships for PhD students and post-doc researchers allowing them to spend 3-6 months in another INTERDEM research center. These fellowships are used for the exchange of knowledge and experience among INTERDEM centers, and allow talented young researchers to build their own research network.
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.
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.
Next Interdem Academy Masterclass
We are delighted to announce that our next INTERDEM Academy Masterclass will take place during the 29th Alzheimer Europe Conference from 23-25th October in The Hague in the Netherlands. The Masterclass is titled “Everything you ever wanted to know about career development”. More information will follow soon.
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.
Kind regards, also on behalf of the rest of the organization team,
Fania Dassen, Training Manager INTERDEM Academy and INDUCT