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.

Application for the spring 2019 INTERDEM Academy Fellowship are now welcome. Please find here more information about our Fellowship, and here you can find the application form. Only one application can be granted at this round. The deadline for submission is set on the 5th of May 2019 (23:59PM CET).

We are keen to hear from PhD students and post-docs who would like to receive funding, so please share this message throughout your network. Please send the application to

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.

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

Next Interdem Academy Masterclass

We are delighted to announce our fifth INTERDEM Academy 3-day Masterclass in collaboration with INDUCT ( time taking place at Kings Cross London, UK. Members of INTERDEM Academy will be very welcome to participate in this Masterclass from Wednesday the 15th of May until Friday the 17th of May 2019. This school provides you with a selection of topics related to dementia and a focus on skills and career development for late-stage PhD’s and early post-docs.

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.


Please find here the program for the 3-day Masterclass. This Masterclass will provide you with a selection of topics related to career and skill development (green), methodology (blue) and dementia care (yellow). The program is still subject to minor changes – a more detailed course book including information on how to prepare will be circulated later.

Registration fee and instructions

INTERDEM Academy registration fee €300

 The registration fee includes admission to the event, coffee / tea, and lunch. It does not include travel, accommodation or dinner (own expense).

You can sign-up by sending an email to, including the following information:

  • Title
  • First name
  • Surname
  • Gender
  • Position
  • Affiliation
  • Work address
  • ZIP code
  • City
  • Country
  • Dietary requirements
  • Other requirements (e.g., accessibility)

We will check your membership, and send you more information about payment and travel/accommodation suggestions. Please note that at this point your registration is preliminary and only valid after payment has been received. Registrations exceeding our limit will be put on a waiting list.
Venue details:


8 All Saints Street


N1 9RL


Early-stage researchers outside of the Academy are also very welcome – but please note that PhD students and post-docs attached to the Academy will have priority for a place. In view of limited space, 10 places are available, in order of registration.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in London.


Kind regards, also on behalf of the rest of the organization team,

Fania Dassen, Training Manager INTERDEM Academy and INDUCT

Previous Interdem Academy Masterclass