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Department of Psychology Cognitive Psychology


Expert Discussion: Bayesian Inference for Complex Hierarchical Models – Methods, Applications, and Challenges


The Cognitive Psychology Unit at the University of Zurich is exited to invite you to our 2-Day Expert Discussion on Methods, Applications, and Challenges of Bayesian Inference for Complex Hierarchical Models at the University of Zurich. This event is a unique opportunity to learn from and discuss with leading experts in the field about the use of Bayesian methods in complex modeling projects. The event is hosted with the financial support of the Graduate Campus (GRC) of the University of Zurich.  

About the Event

Over the past decade, Bayesian methods have gained popularity in the field of psychology and science in general. They offer a flexible and powerful approach to statistical inference, allowing researchers to quantify uncertainty, incorporate prior knowledge, and make informed decisions based on available evidence. A variety of powerful software and toolboxes are available for simple models and experimental designs. However, obtaining robust and straightforward Bayesian inference in more complex designs and models can be challenging and there is often no single best solution. The aim of this event is to bring together leading experts in this field and to discuss more sophisticated methods and applications, as well as the challenges of Bayesian inference in complex cognitive and non-linear models. Please note that the event is not an introduction to Bayesian statistics and requires attendees to have some prior knowledge and experience about Bayesian statistics.  

Meet the Experts

We are honored to host a panel of distinguished experts who are leaders in the field of Bayesian statistics:

Dr. Frederik Aust (University of Amsterdam)

Dr. Alexandra Sarafoglou (University of Amsterdam)

Dr. Bruno Nicenboim (Tilburg University)

Each of our panelists brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and they are eager to share their insights with you. All experts will prepare short talks about different topics, which will serve as a basis for discussions during the day. Titles and abstracts for the talks will follow shortly. 

Workshop Structure

The workshop will span two days, filled with presentations, panel discussions, and interactive Q&A sessions. The first day (10:00 – 17:00) will cover talks from and panel discussion with the experts. The second day (09:30 – 13:00) will be devoted to specific use cases and problems from the audience, which will be discussed in smaller groups together with the experts. A complete schedule can be downloaded below. 

Date and Location

20. March: 10:00 – 17:00
21. March: 09:30 – 13:00

Location: Psychological Institute of the University of Zurich. The room number will be announced soon.

Drinks, coffee, and little snacks will be provided for all participants throughout the day. 


If you are interested to participate, you can register for the event here: 

The event is limited to ~20 participants, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that we expect participants to bring basic knowledge and experience with the application of Bayesian Statistics.  


We thank the Graduate Campus (GRC) at the University of Zurich for providing financial support for this event and we look forward to seeing you!