Interdem Academy


INTERDEM Academy is a European training network for early-career dementia researchers. INTERDEM Academy was established in 2014. The aim of INTERDEM Academy is to develop the careers and to build capacity of early-career 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

About 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.

Travel Fellowship - 2023/2024

-Call for applications is now closed-

The INTERDEM Academy enables an annual travel Fellowship for our INTERDEM Academy researchers, allowing them to attain experience in another psychosocial research center, to build their own network and stimulate their career development. Our grant covers expenses for travel and housing for a research exchange of 1-3 months, up to a maximum of 3500. Note that for the current application round, we are looking for an exchange to be scheduled to start in the calendar year 2024. Applications for the call 2023-2024 are welcomed until Sunday the 10th of December (23:59PM CET).

Our reviewing committee will be specifically looking at:

  • Quality of the applicant
  • Quality of the research activity plan (Scientific importance and knowledge utilization of the research exchange, and fit with INTERDEM mission)
  • Added value for institutes involved (home and visiting institute(s) and to the broader INTERDEM network)
  • Added value for the applicant’s network and career development.

Time schedule:

Call open: Monday 30 October
Deadline applications: Sunday 10 December
Announcement of winner: End of January

Contact and more information:
INTERDEM Academy Executive office

INTERDEM Academy previous Fellowships

The INTERDEM Academy Fellowship 2021-2022 has been awarded to Charlèss Dupont, Early Stage Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium. She visited 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’. You can read more about her experiences here.

Membership & Registration Form

INTERDEM Academy is a network of early- and midcareer 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.

Criteria for INTERDEM Academy Membership:

  • Are you involved in psychosocial research about dementia?
  • Do you consider yourself a junior researcher in the field?
  • Are you affiliated with or supervised by an INTERDEM member?

If you’re in doubt about your eligibility to become an INTERDEM Academy member, please email us at

Applications for membership of INTERDEM Academy can be done by filling out this FORM

(Note, by signing up for the INTERDEM Academy, you agree that your contact information will be stored on a secured server of Maastricht University, only accessible by the INTERDEM Academy executive office, for the duration of your membership)

INTERDEM Academy Masterclass

Next INTERDEM Academy Masterclass – Milan, Italy (May 13 & 14)

On behalf of HOMEDEM we want to invite you to the INTERDEM Academy days of the HOMEDEM training school at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, on May 13 and 14, 2024. 

Theme day 1: Service design and care ecosystems
Theme day 2: Healthcare policy & design

Participation is free of charge. If you are interested in participating in this masterclass, you can send us a email at ( before April 12, then we will send you the registration link and the schedule!

We hope to see you there.

Previous INTERDEM Academy Masterclass

HOMEDEM Masterclass Technology, Research and Design in Dementia
Thursday 1 February 2024, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

This in-person masterclass is part of the Doctoral Training Network project HOMEDEM, which focusses on co-designing a home with dementia, and will be part of their 2nd training week. This Masterclass is hosted by Eindhoven University of Technology and co-hosted by Maastricht University (the Netherlands). Registration and participation are free of charge for all INTERDEM Academy members.


Previous INTERDEM Academy Masterclass

The previous in-person INTERDEM Academy Masterclass “Breaking the stigma: INTERDEM Academy and HOMEDEM, connecting and designing for dementia”, took place at the campus Genk/C-mine (Belgium) on Tuesday the 3rd of October 2023. To learn more about the experiences of Maud Ritzen, one of our attendees, go to our blog

INTERDEM Academy Café & SPOTLIGHT Webinar Series

INTERDEM Academy Cafe is an online event where European early-career dementia researchers meet and learn from and with each-other.


Previous INTERDEM Academy Cafés:

  • 5 December 2022: Exploring best practices to support early career dementia researchers: A World Café – Part 2
  • 30 March 2023: Playing the Dilemma game
  • 29 June 2023: Artificial Intelligence (AI), technology and business for living with dementia









Join us for the INTERDEM Spotlight webinar! In this new webinar series the taskforces take the spotlight and will prepare an informative and interactive session for all INTERDEM and Academy members.

  • Stay up to date on the latest research and best practices;
  • Meet and learn from fellow INTERDEM members;
  • Network and build new collaborations!
Next webinar:

Friday 8 March 2024

Taskforce Methodology


Previous webinar:
Friday 8 December 2023
Taskforce Intercultural Aspects

For more information, please contact Sara Bartels ( or Esther Gerritzen (, Academy board members.

Publication Award

INTERDEM Academy Publication Award 2023-2024

We are proud to announce that the call for articles for the annual INTERDEM Academy publication award is open and welcoming submissions. The purpose of this award is to create a platform in which young researchers inform each other and the senior INTERDEM network about their important research.

The winner will be invited to give a short presentation during the annual INTERDEM business meeting prior to the 34th annual Alzheimer Europe Conference (Geneva, Switzerland, 8-10 October 2024), and the top 3 will provide a blog on their contribution to be published on

Additionally, the winner will receive a €1000,- prize, and the two runners-up will each receive €500,-. This money is meant for a course/conference/training to support your career     development.

If you want to participate, send us an email ( to receive more information!

Outcome 3rINTERDEM Academy Publication Award – 2022-2023

Winner of this year’s award:

  1. Joost Wammes Dyadic Discrete Choice Experiments Enable Persons with Dementia and Informal Caregivers to Participate in Health Care Decision Making: A Mixed Methods Study

Runner-up (in alphabetical order)

  1. Federica D’Andrea – Object Handling for People With Dementia: A Scoping Review and the Development of Intervention Guidance
  2. Maarten Houben– Designing for Everyday Sounds at Home with People with Dementia and their Partners

To learn more about the winning articles of this year and their authors, go to