Workshop profile


The JDM workshop for early-career researchers has been a staple event for researchers since 2008, when a small group of PhD students organized the first workshop at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany. It was, and has since, been aimed as a forum for researchers in the early stages of their career to exchange ideas, discuss research and initiate collaborations independently of senior researchers.

The workshop has now twice been held at the MPI in Bonn and at the University of Basel, once at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and once before at the University of Mannheim.


Impressions from the JDM Workshop 2013 in Berlin

Since its inception, the workshop has grown continuously in size and scope, but has retained its spirit as a largely informal meeting, a forum for open discussions and constructive feedback. Participants are expected to present a project from their own research, and are strongly encouraged to share feedback and suggestions on others' projects. The presentations are also interspersed with workshops directed specifically at the needs of early-career researchers, imparting relevant skills.

The workshop has no pre-defined topics or focus, it is what the participants make of it. Traditionally, the workshop has leaned to a psychological view on Judgment and Decision Making, with a focus on the basic psychological processes involved in making decisions and judgments, and this bias is still reflected at present. However, the set of topics presented and discussed has always been broad and diverse, and many different perspectives have always been present and welcomed at the workshop — from basic cognitive to economic research, from research methodology to applied questions.

If you are trying to decide whether the workshop is of interest for you, we would invite you to take a look at last year's programme. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have!