Annual meetings



Upcoming meeting:

10th European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning (EMHFC)

On behalf of the organising committee, I am delighted to announce that the Call For Papers for the 10th European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning (EMHFC) will soon open.

The meeting is organised by Swansea University and King’s College London, and will be held from April 16th to 18th 2018 at Hensol Castle ( and The Vale Resort (, near Cardiff, South Wales. The meeting will commence at 12.00 on the16th and finish at 15.00 on the 18th (times are approximate).

Keynote speakers for the 10th EMHFC are Joseph LeDoux (New York University) and Joseph Dunsmoor (University of Texas at Austin).

The goal of the meeting is to foster and develop a European network of researchers and to promote intense, productive collaborations. As usual, the only constraint for contributions is that they are European-based and involve the human fear conditioning procedure.

The closing date for registration is March 1st 2018 (conference fees, must be paid in full by this date).

Registration is open (and closes on March 1st):

If you have any questions, please email:

We look forward to welcoming you to Wales!

Best wishes,

The EMHFC Organising Committee:

Simon Dymond, Lars Marstaller, Weike Xia

Supported by: Daniel Zuj, Jennifer Lau, Kirstin Purves.

Abstract Submission for the 10th European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning (EMHFC). Submissions for oral paper and poster presentations are welcome for research employing the human fear (threat) conditioning procedure. NOW CLOSED!

Registration is CLOSED

How to Get There

The Vale Resort, Hensol Park, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JY


Hensol Castle, Hensol Castle Park, Hensol,  Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JX

1. Arriving at Cardiff Airport (

Cardiff Airport is not, in fact, in Cardiff. It is near a coastal village called Rhoose, which has a train station (actually, a windswept platform), and bus links with the airport. On arrival at the airport, you therefore have the following transportation choices.

Bus: There is a regular bus, the T9 Cardiff Airport Express Bus Service – into Cardiff Central Train Station which runs every 20 minutes. Tickets cost from £5, and you can also pay in Euros – €7 one way and €10 return. From Cardiff Train Station, you will need to get a taxi to the conference site. Be prepared to hear a lot about Brexit, and enjoy the free mobile phone data roaming while it lasts…

Rail: There is no train station, but a shuttle bus service will take you to Rhoose, which has a direct connecting line to Cardiff (heading eastwards) and Bridgend and Swansea (heading westwards). The journey takes approximately 10 minutes and there is a small charge of £1 per journey on the shuttle bus. Once on the train from Rhoose, you can buy a ticket from one of the famously pleasant train conductors.

Road/Car hire: Book a hire car in advance if that is your chosen means of transport. All the major providers are on site, so use a price comparison site and off you go. The airport is approx. 12 miles west of Cardiff and 13 miles from junction 33 on the M4. To drive to the conference site, if you are using a SatNav or phone GPS, the postcode is CF72 8JX. Exit the airport and follow signs for the M4 (West: Bridgend); once you have joined the M4 (at junction 33), proceed to and exit at junction 34 (signposted Llantristant) and keep left. From J34, take the exit signposted for Pendoylan and Hensol; Take 1st right following signs for Pendoylan, Hensol and Vale Resort; Take 1st right, signposted Hensol, Miskin and Vale Resort; Take 1st left, just before white house on the bend.; Follow road up the hill and the Vale Resort gates are on the right. and follow signs for Vale Resort. Look for one of the organising committee outside, smoking.

Taxi: There is one taxi company rank at the Airport, so there’s no need to book. But, if you prefer to book, try (or call + 44 1446 728500) or Expect to pay around £40 for a single journey (so do try and share!). Enjoy hearing the geo-political insights of your taxi driver as you career through the small lanes of the Vale of Glamorgan.

2. Arriving at Bristol Airport (

One more country to go. Across the Severn channel, glistening in the distance, lies the Principality of Wales!

Rail: Bristol Airport is 8 miles from Bristol, where Bristol Temple Meads is the main train station. From the airport, take the Airport Express Flyer, which leaves up to every 10 minutes and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It takes around 30 minutes to Bristol Temple Meads railway station. From there, hop on a train to Cardiff Central (buy your ticket in the station or at Bristol Airport – there’s a GWR machine by the exit from arrivals).

Bus: You can get a bus ( from the airport to Cardiff Central. It takes 1.5hrs, costs £10 one way, and goes 12 times a day. Best to book tickets in advance online.

Road/Car hire: Book a hire car in advance if that is your chosen means of transport. All the major providers are on site, so use a price comparison site and off you go. If you are using a SatNav or phone GPS, the postcode is CF72 8JX. The driving time to the hotel is around 1 hr, but prepared to first pay a toll on the M4 (£6.70 when we last checked) for the pleasure of driving into Wales. You’ll note that it’s free to leave.

3. Arriving at London Heathrow Airport (

Rail: The quickest way to get from Heathrow into London is via the Heathrow Express ( to London Paddington Station. Just follow the signs from arrivals or follow similarly lost tourists. Marvel at how much Heathrow has changed. From Paddington, get a train to Swansea and get off at Cardiff Central (takes around 2hrs). Buy a ticket in Paddington or in advance via GWR ( From Cardiff station, you can then get a taxi to the site.

Bus: You can get a bus such as National Express or Mega.Bus direct from Heathrow Bus Station to Cardiff Central (the closest point to the conference venue). More details here

4. Arriving at Cardiff Central Train Station

Rail: The closest train station to the conference venue is Pontyclun. It takes approximately 12 minutes by train from Cardiff Central and trains depart hourly. Buy your train tickets in advance from or or from the station. From Pontyclun, you will need to get a taxi to the venue (takes around 15 mins). If there are no taxis at the station (we don’t know, we’ve never been there), call Gez Taxis (01443 224777) or Dai’s Cabs (01443 230230). (Other taxi companies are available).

Past meetings:

DateVenueOrganizing teamKeynote speaker(s)
08-10.5. 2017Hamburg, GermanyTina Lonsdorf
Jan Haaker
Mareike Düesberg
Christian Büchel
Stephen Maren
Jennifer Britton
18-20. 5.2016Utrecht, Netherlands
Joke Baas
Iris Engelhard
Angelos Krypotos
Evi-Anne van Dis
Muriel Hagenaars
Vanessa van Ast
Merel Kindt
Michelle Craske
Kerry Ressler
04-06.5. 2015Bochum, Germany
Oliver Wolf
Christian Merz
Natalie Freund
Tanja C. Hamacher-Dang
Valerie L. Kinner
Shira Meir Drexler
Kevin LaBar
12-14.5. 2014Affligem, BelgiumKim Haesen
Dirk Hermans
Dieter Struf
Lin Sweertvaegher
Bram Vervliet
Rick Richardson
22-24.5 2013Affligem, BelgiumKim Haesen
Dirk Hermans
Dieter Struf
Lin Sweertvaegher
Bram Vervliet
Mohammed Milad
3-5.5.2012Rauischholzhausen, Germany
Rudolf Stark
Christian Merz
Jan Schweckendiek
Andrea Hermann
Tim Klucken
Tanja Michale
Peter Peyk
Johanna Lass-Hennemann
Sonja Römer
Susan Mineka
29-31.5. 2011Affligem, Belgium
Riet Fonteyne
Bert Lenaert
Bram Vervliet
Ellen Vervoort
Shmuel Lissek
26-28.5. 2010Affligem, BelgiumJan De Houwer
Ostkamp, Belgium
Bram Vervliet