Eirini Zormpa


Most of our knowledge comes from others via language use: from talking to people in our social circle, from reading books, from listening to podcasts, from watching television. It is, then, perhaps surprising to learn that we remember what we ourselves say (or write, or sign) better than what we are told by others.

So what is it that makes us remember the words we say better than words we read or hear? And are there situations in which we remember our own words as well as a partner’s words? In my PhD I try to answer these questions using behavioural and eye-tracking experiments under the supervision of Dr. Laurel Brehm and Professor Antje Meyer.

Before coming to Nijmegen to start my PhD, I completed an MSc in Language Sciences at the University of Reading, where under the supervision of Professor Doug Saddy I worked on a project exploring the influence of bilingual experience and implicit learning. I earned my BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where I worked on a project on the production and comprehension of narratives by bilingual children.


2018 -- Open Science 101. Co-instructor with Amie Fairs and Julia Egger.

Max Planck Institute / IMPRS


I have been one of the organisers of R Ladies Nijmegen since its conception in June 2018. In the past year we have hosted six well-attended events and out chapter now consists of over 200 members. R Ladies is a global organisation which aims to increase diversity in the R community. R is an open source programming language that is widely used amongst academics for data analysis.

I was also a volunteer in the first ever Pint of Science Nijmegen in 2019. We hosted three events on astronomy, neuroscience, and the ancient world which were attended by approximately 100 people.


I am one of the organisers of the Open Access Ambassador conference, which will take place in Berlin in December 2019.

I am one of the organisers of the IMPRS Career event 2019, where 11 IMPRS alumni will share their career experiences after finishing their PhD.

I am one of the organisers of the IntroDays 2019, where new IMPRS students get an introduction to the MPI and associate institutes.

I have been a member of the Lunch Talk committee since February 2018.


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