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

2-day INTERDEM Academy MasterclassTechnology and Dementia


We are delighted to announce the next 2-day INTERDEM Academy Masterclass “Technology and Dementia” which will take place in Witten (Germany) on the 17 – 18 September 2020. This Masterclass will be offered in collaboration with the Innovative Training Network DISTINCT, as part of the 2nd DISTINCT School: In view of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions and limited space, at the moment 8 places are available for INTERDEM Academy members, in order of registration.



Please find here the program for the 2-day Masterclass. Note that this Masterclass has a focus on (early stage) PhD-students, though all INTERDEM Academy members are welcome to attend. We will provide you with a mix of lectures and workshops, digitally and in person, focusing on dementia and technology, policy, implementation, and career development. A more detailed course book including information on how to prepare will be circulated later.

The collaboration between the DISTINCT school and INTERDEM Academy gives you the unique opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary and intersectional Masterclass, focused on improving the lives of people with dementia and their family by using advanced technologies. Junior researchers are invited to participate in this Masterclass to share knowledge, meet experts in the field and participate in the lectures and workshops as part of the main program.


  • INTERDEM Academy registration fee
  • €250

For more information on registration, please send an email to We will check your membership, and send you more information about registration, accommodation and payment. Registrations for the Masterclass exceeding our limit will be put on a waiting list. Please note that travel and accommodation overnight is not included in the registration fee. It is possible to book a room at the Ardey hotel for a fixed price, with cancellation options until the day of arrival.


At the moment we really hope to have a live school in Witten, taking social distancing rules into account. Some lectures may be presented in a digital format and some may be provided in person. We will have a provisory go/no-go decision by the 1th of August. If the situation would change afterwards, preventing the school from taking place, we will switch to an online Masterclass for a highly reduced fee. Also, if the situation in your own country or institute changes and prevents you from attending in person, we will be flexible and provide you with the opportunity to follow all lectures digitally for a reduced rate.


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

Dorothee Horstkötter, Frans Verhey and 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 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, 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!

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