PLACES is a European Commission funded consortium of researchers from universities and industry in Australia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. PLACES stands for "PLAsticity of Perception in real and virtual spacES". We are funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange action.


The first aim of PLACES is to understand how sensorimotor interactions in virtual environments shape perceptual space and how this interacts with virtual (VS) and real (RS) space. Secondly, deep and improved knowledge of perceptual mechanisms is essential for the future development of VR as a key digital technology for Europe. To work for the people, VR and XR need to be effective, comfortable, transparent and fair. These aims can only be reached by understanding and accounting for perception in a human-centric manner. Based on these premises, the highly interdisciplinary consortium of PLACES pursues five key objectives: 

Reaching these objectives will put the EU on the map as a leader in perception research and its application in VR. PLACES aims for new frontiers in perception science and its applications, and for a significant impact on the people of the EU.

PLACES members include:


United Kingdom 




New Zealand