RE-learning Perception-Action In Rehabilitation from a Systems perspective


We are pleased to announce and invite you to the final conference of the REPAIRS ITN project. The conference will be held August 28-30, 2024 at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands. The three day meeting will consist of invited speakers lectures, oral presentations of the REPAIRS PhD students, poster presentations from submitted abstracts as well as a social program with ample time for discussions and interactions.

Topics to be covered

  • ecological psychology
  • dynamical systems and applications
  • philosophical underpinnings perception-action
  • rehabilitation, movement science and technology
  • translation in perception and in action
  • translation to rehabilitation from an industry perspective
  • implementation and effectiveness of rehabilitation technology

Confirmed speakers

  • Prof. Benoit Bardy, University of Montpellier, France
  • Dr. Russell Chan, University of Twente, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Dario Farina, Imperial College London, UK
  • Jasper den Boer, Umaco BV/Lode, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Han Houdijk, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Denis Mottet, University of Montpellier, France
  • Prof. Erik Myin, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Dr. Gerdienke Prange, Roessingh Research & Development, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Matthew Rodger, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Dr. Melvyn Roerdink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Ludovic Seiffert, University Rouen Normandy, France
  • Dr. Paula Silva, University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Dr. Frans Steenbrink, Motek Medical, the Netherlands
  • Prof. William Warren, Brown University, USA
  • Dr. Rob Withagen, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Corry van der Sluis, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, University of Münster, Germany

Abstract submission is now closed

Below you will find information about registration, program, reaching Groningen and the venue, accommodation and other useful information

Key dates

Abstract Submission Open
01 March 2024
Abstract submission deadline
16 June 2024
Abstract acceptance notification
30 June 2024
Early Bird Registration Deadline
10 July 2024
Regular Rate Registration Deadline
20 August 2024

Registration information

You can access the registration portal by clicking the link below or at the top of the page. Below you can find the different registration rates.

Lunches on all days and the conference dinners on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th August are included in the registration fee.

Early bird by 10th July 2024Regular rate 11th July onwards
MSc students150 €150 €
PhD students, PostDocs350 €450 €
Regular500 €600 €


How to reach Groningen

Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) to Groningen
When you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, Amsterdam international airport, the easiest way to travel to Groningen is by train. The underground train station beneath the airport is within walking distance of the luggage claim areas. The Dutch railway system is called Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), you will recognize it its yellow and blue colours. Just follow illuminated signs that direct ‘to trains’.

Train Tickets
You purchase a single-use chip card (this is your train ticket) to Groningen at the ticket counter or the yellow and blue ticket-vending machines that you will find in the luggage claim hall and by every entrance to the train terminal. You can purchase tickets from the machines only by using your Credit Card or a Debit Card with the Maestro logo. You can also pay directly with your Debit Card, please check this page on how to do so.

You can also buy your ticket online beforehand and simply print it yourself or upload it in the NS application. This allows you to take care of everything whenever and wherever it suits you. All you have to do is complete the journey details, pay for the order, download and print your e-ticket (or upload it in the app). This means that you can board the train straight away! Information on travelling by train is available on the NS website. The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately two hours and Groningen is the last stop. The trains are quite comfortable and (most trains) feature free wireless Internet in all classes and 220V AC outlets in first class. Food and drinks are not sold on the trains, please make sure that you purchase these beforehand at the airport.

Train schedules
Information on travelling by train is available on the NS website. You might also find the website useful for planning your journey in the Netherlands. The planner combines all available public transportation – trains, buses, trams, metro, and boats – to provide an optimal route. 

Information about the venue

The University Medical Center of Groningen is one of the biggest medical centers of the country. It serves as referral center for the north of the country as well as regions of Germany. The UMCG is also a university campus for the faculty of medical sciences of the University of Groningen. The northern part of the buildings complex has lecture halls and buildings for research.

How to get to the UMCG

Public transport
The UMCG is easy to reach by public transport. Various city and regional bus lines stop at the main entrance, the Oostersingel entrance or near the North entrance. From the NS main railway station buses drive to the UMCG in about 10 minutes. The most recent travel information is available on the websites of Qbuzz, and 9292.

Are you travelling by (electric) bicycle, carrier bicycle, moped, mountain bike or motorbike? Then you can park it in one of our free bicycle sheds. The sheds are located at various places on the UMCG complex.

If you want to leave the hospital by taxi, you can ask one of the staff members at the desk in the reception hall or at the entrance to Oostersingel to call a taxi for you.

A lot of construction work is being done in and around Groningen on roads and railways. This has consequences for the accessibility of the UMCG and may lead to longer travel times. Please visit the website of Groningen Bereikbaar shortly before your departure for information about road works

Car parking
The UMCG has 2 car parks, for the conference we recommend using P-Zuid. The parking garage is always open, the maximum entry height is 1.90 metres.


There are various hotels close to the UMCG and the city center of Groningen. During the registration process at the conference, you will have access to a portal that can facilitate direct booking of a room at a selection of hotels close to the UMCG

Useful information

  • Credit Cards: All major credit cards are accepted widely, but not everywhere. If in doubt, ask in advance. Cash-on-card services are available from selected American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa Card addresses. These cards are also accepted by all GWK currency exchange outlets and Change Express Offices.
  • Currency: Holland is one of the euro countries. Even though all of these countries issue their own euro coins, all coins and notes are legal tender in all euro countries. There are  eight coins (€ 0.01, € 0.02, € 0.05, € 0.10, € 0.20, € 0.50, € 1 and € 2) and seven notes (€ 5, € 10, € 20, € 50, € 100, € 200 and € 500). Very few shops, restaurants, etc., accept the € 500 note. Small shops and supermarkets do not accept the € 200 and € 100 notes either.  When you pay in cash, the amount is rounded off to the nearest € 0.05.
  • Electricity: The voltage on outlets in Holland is 230 volts. Hotels may also have a 110-volt or 120-volt outlet for shavers. Travelers are advised to bring along a power converter and an adapter for round two-prong plugs with side grounding contacts.
  • Emergency Numbers: Emergency services (police, fire services and ambulance): 112, Police (non-emergencies): 0900 – 8844
  • Water: The tap water in Holland is of excellent quality and you can drink from any tap, unless explicitly stated otherwise. Bottled water is available at all supermarkets, snack bars and kiosks etc.