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 2020-2021

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 fellowships. We felt that this was not the right time to make plans for an exchange between INTERDEM centers.

We will postpone the call to Fall 2021, 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

INTERDEM Academy Café on SIDECar-project and Implementation

We are proud to announce the start of our ‘INTERDEM Academy Café’. We plan to have this networking event three times a year, in general on a Friday afternoon 3-5pm (CEST). At the moment, we plan to have these sessions in an online setting.

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. During the session of March 12, we focused on the topic of Research Ethics, and we played the interactive Dilemma-game in small subgroups.

We scheduled our next online INTERDEM Academy Café on Friday the 27 August 2021, from 3pm-5pm (CEST). In this onlinesession, the SIDECar project will be presented by Dr. Niels Janssen (, and next we will zoom in on the topic of Implementation. Our invited expert will be Dr. Hannah Christie, expert in the field of implementation and e-health, and an Academy member herself. The session will have an interactive character, and you will be invited to think about the future implementation of your own projects in breakout rooms.

You can sign up by entering your name and email address via the link below. Participation is open for all Academy members.

You can sign up until the 22nd of August. You will receive the Zoom-link a few days before the event. If you need to cancel your registration again due to unforeseen circumstances, you can send an email to

Next 2-day interactive Masterclass in collaboration with DISTINCT

This interactive 2-day Masterclass, as part of the 4th DISTINCT School (, will take place in Nottingham, UK, at the Jubilee Conference Center, 14-15 October 2021.

We will offer a mix of interesting topics on dementia, psychosocial research and technology, including “Dementia demographics: How psychosocial research fits into the bigger picture”, “Implementation and ‘Dissemination science: a closer look at the second implementation gap”, and “Using social media for impact”. 

Attendance fee is425. Registration gives you access to the full program (Thursday and Friday), including lunch and refreshments during the day, and includes one network dinner (Thursday evening). The option to book a room at our venue (Jubilee Conference Center, 3*hotel) for reduced price will be provided, but this is not included in the attendance fee.

10 places will be available for INTERDEM Academy members, based on first come, first serve. At the moment, registration is open for INTERDEM Academy members only, who will participate together with the 15 Early Stage Researchers of DISTINCT.

If official travel restrictions occur, we will offer you the opportunity to switch your registration to online participation for a highly reduced rate. We as organization also keep the right to cancel all physical attendance and switch the Masterclass to an online event.

You can already put in a registration request via the following form:

Previous Interdem Academy Masterclasses

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

Dr. Dorothee Horstkötter, Prof. dr. Frans Verhey and Dr. 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, and a continuous awareness in situations where ethical issues are involved is required. Ethics are an important part of our daily research practice, and discussing 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 INTERDEM Academy seminar, we focussed on ethics in daily research practice. We started the session with three case examples presented by Prof. Verhey. Next, an introduction to research ethics was provided by ethics expert Dorothee Horstkötter from Maastricht University. This introduction was followed by an introduction to research integrity by Dr. Bart Penders. The session was closed with an interactive discussion of the case examples, in which all were invited to actively provide input. At the end there was time for Q&A on the topic and to bring in and discuss own examples with our ethics expert.

You can find the slides of our session Research ethics_combined.

You can already sign up for the follow-up session by sending your name to (more information and a date will follow soon). Participants from the current seminar will receive priority for a place. In this session we will play the ‘Dilemma Game’, a game which can help us to address integrity issues during our careers as a scientist.


“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

Interdem Academy publication award

Outcome 1st INTERDEM Academy Publication Award 2020-2021

This year, we implemented our 1st INTERDEM Academy publication award. With this new award, we want to stimulate communication between juniors and seniors of their research results, and we will provide the winner with a platform to give a presentation 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.The early stage researcher had to be the 1st author of the article sent in, the contribution should include a motivation letter, and the article had to be either published or accepted for publication in the year 2020.

We want to thank all participants for sending in their contributions. We as the INTERDEM Academy coordinating center and the members of our jury were all highly impressed by the quality of the articles sent in. Each contribution was well written and had a clear link with our INTERDEM mission. Other criteria were innovative aspects, research quality and originality.

Shared 1st place  

“Anticipating an unwanted future: euthanasia and dementia in the Netherlands”

First author: Natashe Lemos Dekker


“Adding to the knowledge on Patient and Public Involvement: Reflections from an experience of co-research with carers of people with dementia”

First author: Claudio Di Lorito

Shared 2nd place:

“Using the Concept of Activity Space to Understand the Social Health of Older Adults Living with Memory Problems and Dementia at Home””

First author: Jodi Sturge


“Involvement of People With Dementia in the Development of Technology-Based Interventions: Narrative Synthesis Review and Best Practice Guidelines”

First author: Harleen Rai

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