EMHFC 2020 Bochum

Date - 30/03/2020 - 01/04/2020
1:00 pm


Dear colleagues and friends,

it is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of this year’s European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning (EMHFC) in Bochum.

The spread of the Corona virus has led to a situation where a cancellation of the meeting can no longer be avoided. A multiple day indoor meeting with over 100 participants from all over Europe consists a health risk we cannot and should not take in these days. This decision is in line with recommendations from local authorities and national health agencies. Several home universities of attendees have already issued strong travel restrictions and additional ones will most likely follow soon.

We had put a lot of effort, blood, sweat and tears into the organization of the meeting and the program was very promising (please have a look below for an overview of the final program we just finished working on). In order to provide each of you with at least the possibility to share her or his data with colleagues we have created a folder in OSF where you can upload your posters or talks (even with embedded explanations or recordings of your talk, be as creative as you wish) in order to make them publicly available (https://osf.io/meetings/EMHFC2020/). We highly encourage using this option! All information on how to upload everything is given on OSF (uploads will become visible if at least five items are posted).

With respect to the next EMHFC meeting: We hope to be able to host the meeting in spring 2021 here in Bochum! We will get in touch with you about this option.

We wish you all the best (especially good health) and hope to see you again soon at safer times.
Christian, Valerie, Nicole, Sandra & Oliver


EMHFC 2020 program



For questions regarding the annual meeting in 2020 please contact us: emhfc2020@rub.de



The EMHFC 2020 receives additional funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation, project number 316803389) within the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1280) “Extinction Learning” and a grant for international scientific events (ME 3831/6-1).


Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration and abstract submission is closed.

Poster format:

All posters have to be in portrait format. The poster should be no larger than 841 mm (33.1 in) in width x 1189 mm (46.8 in) in height (DIN A0).


The cancellation policy is 100% refund up to 6 weeks (until 17th February 2020), 50% refund up to 4 weeks (until 2nd March 2020) and 20% refund up to 2 weeks before the meeting (until 15th March 2020). If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the meeting, be aware that we cannot refund you.



We are very happy to announce the keynote speakers in 2020:

 Rebecca Shansky, PhD

Keynote topic:
Behavioral diversity in threat responding: sex-dependent strategies in conditioned fear paradigms


Click here for a summary about the keynote and the speaker.


 Stefan Hofmann, PhD

Keynote topic:
Translational research from extinction learning to exposure therapy: mind the gap


Click here for a summary about the keynote and the speaker.


Pre-Conference Seminars

This year, two pre-conference seminars (no additional fees) will take place in rooms of the Bochumer Fenster on Monday from 8:30 to 12:00 am. More information can be found here.



This year’s conference will be held at the German Mining Museum (Deutsches Bergbau-Museum), one of the famous landmarks in Bochum and the Ruhr area. The German Mining Museum is a Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources, official partner of the Ruhr University Bochum and one of the most visited museums in Germany with over 350.000 visitors per year. It is the largest mining museum in the world and at the same time a research institute for mining archaeology and archaeometry as well as a documentation center and archive in the field of mining history.

Außenansicht Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum in der Dämmerung © Karlheinz Jardner

The museum’s origins date back to the 1860s, when the Westfälische Berggewerkschaftskasse (WBK) set up a permanent exhibition of mining utensils in Bochum, which was mainly used for mining school lessons. At the end of the 1920s, representatives of the WBK and the city of Bochum developed ideas for the establishment of a publicly accessible mining museum.

Four tours now lead visitors through the building:
– hard coal, the motor of industrialisation
– mining, stone age with future
– mineral resource, treasures of the earth
– art, ideals and reality

During the EMHFC, participants are allowed to visit the exhibitions on their own. You can also join one of the one-hour museum tours planned for Tuesday, including a tour of the visitor mine and visits to the headframe.

Please use the main entrance of the museum and turn left or right to the stairs (or turn left to use the elevator) leading to the first floor, where you can easily find the conference office and the Auditorium.



This year’s accomodation site will be the Hotel acora offering single and double bedrooms. As in the years before, registration fees will include accommodation, food & drinks, snacks at arrival and for departure, entrance to the museum as well as all program and conference fees. You can easily reach the German Mining Museum within a few minutes (300m)  from the Hotel acora.


More information

If you would like to have more information on Bochum, the Ruhr area, Starlight Express and/or the university, feel free to explore the following pages:
Bochum tourism
Ruhr area
Bermuda3eck – drinking and fun in Bochum
Bochum theater
Starlight Express
Ruhr University Bochum