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.

Executive office INTERDEM Academy:

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 at a maximum of €3500 per fellowship. The salary of the fellow is not covered, and needs to be provided by the fellow’s institute.

The next call for applications will open in September 2022, for a research exchange to be scheduled in 2023.


INTERDEM Academy Fellowship 2021-2022

We are proud to announce the winner of the INTERDEM Academy Fellowship 2021-2022. This year the fellowship has been awarded to Charlèss Dupont, Early Stage Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). She will visit Ulster University (Northern Ireland) during her exchange of 3 months, to learn more about ‘The use of web log data in a feasibility study to evaluate an advance care planning website for people with dementia and family caregivers’.

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 2022) to the coordinator of INTERDEM Academy – Dr Fania Dassen.

Next Interdem Academy Masterclass

Save the date

We are delighted to announce the next INTERDEM Academy Masterclass on Technology and Dementiawhich will take place in-person in Zamora, Spain, 19 – 20 May 2022, with official start Wednesday afternoon the 18th of May. This Masterclass will be offered in collaboration with the 15 ESRs of the Innovative Training Network DISTINCT, as part of the 5thDISTINCT School: To ensure a personal and interactive environment, there are a maximum of 15 places available for INTERDEM Academy members, allocated in order of registration.


Please find here the draft program for the Masterclass (note, still subject to changes and updates). We will provide you with a mix of lectures and workshops, by local and invited presenters, with a focus on dementia and technology, implementation and entrepreneurship. 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. Early stage researchers from the Academy 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 attendance fee €195. This includes:

  • Admission to the full event
  • Course materials
  • Lunch and refreshments during the day
  • Certificate of attendance

For more information and to register, please send an email to 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 attendance fee.

At the moment we plan to go ahead with an in person-masterclass in Zamora. We will respect COVID-19 regulations at the time of the event, and remain the right to cancel the event or move sessions online due to covid-19 restrictions.


We are proud to announce the start of our ‘INTERDEM Academy Café’. We will have this networking event three times a year, in general on a afternoon, in an online setting.

Save the date: Our next INTERDEM Academy Café will take place on Thursday the 15th of September, 4.15-6pm CET. The topic of this online café will be ‘academic writing skills’.

Every Café-session will have a specific topic, brought in by our early stage researchers. Besides a more content-related part with for instance a contribution from an expert in the field, we will provide you with the opportunity to network and exchange experiences with your fellow Academy members. Please send your ideas for future topics to

Interdem Academy publication award

With this new award, started in 2020-2021, we want to stimulate communication on research results between juniors and seniors. We will provide the winner with a platform to present about his or her article during our next annual INTERDEM meeting. Additionally, the winner receives a monetary price of €1000, and the runner-up €500.

Outcome 2nd INTERDEM Academy Publication Award 2021-2022

We want to thank all participants for sending in their contributions. We were highly impressed by the quality of all articles sent in. Each contribution was well written and had a clear link with our INTERDEM mission.

Shared 1st place:

  1. Business Models of eHealth Interventions to Support Informal Caregivers of People With Dementia in the Netherlands: Analysis of Case Studies. First author: Hannah Christie – doi:10.2196/24724
  2. Tailoring the web-based ‘Partner in Balance’ intervention to support spouses of persons with frontotemporal dementia. First author: Jeroen Bruinsma –

2nd place:

  1. Creative non-fiction in dementia: Men’s experiences of sport-focused reminiscence using narrative methods. First author: Cara Sass –


Congratulations to the winners! We would also like to thank Dr Georgina Charlesworth, Dr René Thyrian, Dr Claudio Di Lorito and Dr Natashe Lemos Dekker for taking place in this year’s jury and providing us with their careful considerations and final ranking:


To read more about the jury considerations, winning authors and their articles, go to


To learn more about the outcome and winners of our first round in 2020-2021, see