Bilingualism and the Brain

When: May 4th – 5th, 2020
Where: Tromsø, Norway

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Abstracts due by February 15th, 2020


The AcqVA Aurora center (formerly LAVA) and the PoLaR lab (Psycholinguistics oLanguage Representation) at UiT the Arctic University of Norway are pleased to announce the workshop Bilingualism and the Brain, to be held in Tromsø May 4th-5th, 2020. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together researchers from around the world who work on bilingualism from a brain prospective. More specifically, the focus will be to what extent the amount of exposure, knowledge and the degree of active engagement with more than one language in a single mind affects brain structure, brain functions, and/or how neurophysiological measures tap into the processing of multiple languages.


Keynote speakers

 Gigi Luk (McGill University, Canada)

Examining bilingualism and learning through structural and functional neuroimaging


Photo Courtesy of The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), Singapore

 John GrundyJohn Grundy (Iowa State University, USA)

Neural correlates of cognitive processing for different aspects of bilingualism

Clara Martin Clara Martin (BCBL San Sebastián, Spain)

 On-line sentence comprehension adaptation when listening to foreign-accented speakers

Christos Pliatsikas Christos Pliatsikas (University of Reading, UK)

 Bilingualism and neuroplasticity: Taking stock and moving forward

Minna Lehtonen Minna Lehtonen (University of Oslo, Norway)

Cognitive control and bilingualism: Recognized challenges and ways forward



The deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2020. You may submit an abstract for consideration as a paper, poster or both. Please indicate in your submission if you would like to be considered as a paper or poster only; all others will be automatically considered for both. We accept poster submissions, especially from graduate students and postdocs, that present ongoing work, even at a well-developed (but not yet implemented) conceptual level. Prior to the actual poster session, each presenter will give a 5 minute flash talk on their poster. This will be followed a traditional poster session, in which presenters and workshop attendees can discuss the work. Abstract submissions must fit on one A4 page, written in Times New Roman script, 12 point font. A second, optional page can be used for references, charts/tables, and examples of experimental methodology only. Your abstract should include a title, but no identifying information. Up to five 5000 NOK (roughly 500 euros) in funding is available to PhD students with highly rated abstracts.  If you wish to be considered for this, please send an e-mail to: Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and we endeavor to inform authors of the outcome by March 15th, 2020.


Jason Rothman (UiT, Nebrija)
Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (Nebrija, UiT)
Jubin Abutalebi (UniSR, UiT)
Zoe Schlueter (UiT)
Fatih Bayram (UiT)
Jorge González Alonso (UiT)
Maki Kubota (UiT)
Sergio Soares (Konstanz)
James McDonald (UiT)



The generous funding made available by the following sources

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