Missing ICOM

The big news in the memory world last week was the fifth International Conference on Memory (ICOM5). More than 800 delegates congregated in York to discuss recent developments in the science of the subject and hear keynotes from such greats as Alan Baddeley, Roberto Cabeza, Richard Morris and Mark Williams. Anyone with a scientific interest in memory would have wanted to be there. I, however, was in Portugal on holiday, and so missed everything except what I could catch up with on Twitter (use the #icom5 hashtag). My sole contribution was chipping in some memory haikus, which was the best I could manage from a thousand miles away (you can find all the entries by looking for the #icom5haiku hashtag).

The conference also attracted some well-deserved media attention. You can read co-organiser Tom Hartley’s account of his Newsnight debut (and watch a clip from his appearance) here. You can also listen to a fascinating radio interview with Tom on BBC York.

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