The Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) is an informal organization promoting emotion research in Europe. In even-numbered years since 2004, CERE has organized a conference for scholars of all disciplines doing research and developing empirically relevant theory on the topic of emotion.
Previous editions of the CERE conferences were great successes and took place in Amsterdam (2004), Louvain-La-Neuve (2006), Lille (2010), Canterbury (2012), Berlin (2014), and Leiden (2016).
CERE was founded in 1986 with support of the Maison de Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. The aim was to promote collaboration between several European universities, specialized in emotion research. The universities included were the University of Amsterdam (Nico Frijda, later Tony Manstead), University of Paris (Matty Chiva, who unfortunately passed away last year), University of Würzburg (Heiner Ellgring), University of Bologna (Pio Ricci-Bitti), University of Geneva (Klaus Scherer), and the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Bernard Rimé). CERE would encourage the exchange of scientific ideas, methods, and information between European emotion researchers. More specifically, an important goal of CERE was to coordinate activities in relation to the training of PhDstudents who worked in the area of emotion.
In 1991, CERE became a partner in the ERASMUS-program, facilitating the exchange of graduate students between the labs involved. In 1992 CERE organized a successful summer school in Amsterdam on theories and methods in relation to emotions and emotion research. Since 1994, CERE has organized round table conferences (les Tables Rondes de Jeunes Chercheurs) every two year in Paris. During these meetings staff members and PhDstudents of the various labs presented and discussed their research. These round tables have been very successful given the increasing numbers of PhDstudents wanting to attend these meetings. One of the reasons for this success, according to the participants, was the fact that the group was relatively small, and that discussions were very inspiring, characterized by mutual respect and an absence of competition.