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

2020 -- Key Practices for the Language Scientist. Co-instructor with Julia Egger.

Max Planck Institute / IMPRS


I am a co-founder and co-organiser of the Open Science Community Nijmegen, which promotes open science practices in the Nijmegen campus through talks and workshops. We are also part of the Open Science Community Netherlands. In January 2020, I and Johannes Algermissen launched a local ReproducibiliTea journal club, in which we discuss open science and reproducibility. ReproducibiliTea is a grassroots journal club initiative that started in Oxford in 2018 and has since expanded to over 60 institutions.

In June 2018 I, along with Sara Iacozza, Laurel Brehm, Limor Raviv, and Amie Fairs founded R-Ladies Nijmegen. Since then, we have hosted many well-attended events and our chapter 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 am also a volunteer for Pint of Science, a world-wide science festival that communicates recent and exciting scientific discoveries to the public in a fun and engaging way. I helped kick off the first Pint of Science in Nijmegen in 2019, when we hosted three events on astronomy, neuroscience, and the ancient world which were attended by approximately 100 people.


I co-organised of the Open Access Ambassador conference, which took place in Berlin in December 2019. This included talks by researchers, administrators, and publishers and workshops on how to open up the research workflow.

I co-organised the IMPRS Career event 2019, where 11 IMPRS alumni shared their career experiences in and outside academia after finishing their PhD.

I co-organised the IntroDays 2019, where new IMPRS students were introduced to the MPI and associate institutes.

I was a member of the Lunch Talk committee from February 2018 to December 2019.


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