15th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference


15th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference

                                                                                                               28-29 September 2023, Montpellier, France






The 15th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference will be hosted by the Epsylon Lab (psychology lab, involved in educational psychology and health psychology), located at the University Paul Valéry, Montpellier, south of France.

Over the past four decades, Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) has achieved a large body of research by scholars around the world. As a result, CLT has grown and expanded significantly, becoming a leading theory in the field of learning and instruction. As researchers increasingly combine it with other theories of learning and instruction, CLT has evolved into an interdisciplinary theory. The conference will reflect this growing diversity of topics and research directions.

Special Issue of the journal Educational Sciences: "Cognitive Load Theory: Emerging Trends and Innovations” (note that it is free of charge for  the ICLTC participants)

Call for abstracts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Abstracts are less than 5000 characters including spaces

Note that it is possible to submit an abstract event if the data are not available at the time of submission (but at the time of the conference).

Submit your abstract here: https://icltc2023.sciencesconf.org/submission/submit


Important Dates                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


June 1: Abstract submission deadline

June 15: Notification of acceptance

September 1: Early registration deadline

September 15: Late registration deadline

September 28-29: 15th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference


Keynote Speakers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


Valérie Camos (University of Fribourg) and Pierre Barrouillet (University of Geneva)

Valérie Camos and Pierre Barrouillet are the authors of the Time-based resource sharing model (TBRS), a new model and influential model of working memory. This model allows new conceptions of intrinsic and extrinsic cognitive load, based on time pressure on task and rate of time devoted to process irrelevant information.

Mathias Pessiglione (Brain & Spine Institute, Paris)

Mathias Pessiglione’s research aim is to elucidate the brain mechanisms that select actions based on their costs and benefits, and understand how the cost/benefit trade-off may be affected by psychological states such as mood, confidence and fatigue. Mathias’ work on cognitive fatigue is very relevant for cognitive load theory, especially in understanding the resource depletion effect.

Registration here : https://icltc2023.sciencesconf.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Early registration 150 €

Late registration 250 €

Scientific Committee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Adam Szulewski, Queen’s University, Canada

Alexander Renkl, University of Freiburg, Germany

André Tricot, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France

Anique de Bruin, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

Babette Park, University of Education Freiburg, Germany

Birgit Brucker, Leibniz-Institut fuer Wissensmedien , Germany

David Feldon, Utah State University, USA

Detlev Leutner, Duisburg-Essen University, Germany

Ferdinand Stebner, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Florence Lespiau, University of Nîmes, France

Fred Paas, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Jeroen van Merriënboer, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Joachim Wirth, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Juan C. Castro-Alonso, University of Birmingham, UK

Julie Lemarié, Université of Toulouse, France

Kim Ouwehand, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Maria Opfermann, University of Wuppertal, Germany

Mireille Betrancourt, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Nadine Marcus, University of New South Wales, Australia

Ouhao Chen, Loughborough University, UK

Paul Ayres, University of New South Wales, Australia

Paul Ginns, University of Sydney, Australia

Roland Brünken, Saarland University, Germany

Sahar Bokosmaty, University of Wollongong, Australia

Shirley Agostinho, University of Wollongong, Australia

Tina Seufert, University of Ulm, Germany

Tzu-Chien Liu, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan





Montpellier is the most beautiful city in the world (according to some people here), close to the Mediterranean Sea (10 km). Founded in 1220, the University of Montpellier is one of the oldest universities in the world and the oldest medical school still in operation. The conference will be held in the old city, in the former building of the Saint Charles Hospital, now renovated and housing the Epsylon lab.

According to an ancient privilege, as a university professor you have the right to enter the cathedral of Montpellier on horseback. Auguste Comte, the guy who formulated the doctrine of positivism, is the only famous people born in Montpellier.


University Paul Valéry Montpellier, Saint Charles, Rue du Professeur Henri Serre, Montpellier

Tram #1, station: Place Albert 1 Saint-Charles (note that there is an entrance to the university just near the tram station).


Local organization


André Tricot

Boris Herrligner

Florence Lespiau

Julia Bassoumi

Kevin Sigayret

Sélène Choquet




We recommend booking your hotel in the old town, a.k.a “Ecusson” (where cars are not allowed, which is cool).

If you have time to spend the week-end after the conference in Montpellier, it should be a good idea, the summer is not ended, but there are far less tourists.

Other good reasons to spend some time here, if you like Architecture; Wine; Beaches; Etc.


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Dernière mise à jour : 11/04/2024