Bilingualism and the Brain

When: November 18th – 19th, 2021
Where: Tromsø, Norway

Title: Cancellation of the Bilingualism and the Brain Workshop


After a considerate deliberation with the committee members, we have unfortunately decided to cancel the Bilingualism and the Brain Workshop that was supposed to take place on Nov. 18-19th, 2021.

Given the current situation with the corona pandemic and the spread of the Delta variant, its unforeseeable circumstances and the likely issues for travel, we decided that it would be best to cancel the workshop—as our aim was to host this in person where face-to-face exchanges and interactions can take place. Moving online, while possible, changes the dynamics that ones enjoys specifically of smaller workshops and creates undue stress in light of accommodating the range of time zones of the keynote speakers and the presenters.


On the bright side, UiT is hosting the 4th  International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC) on June 16th and 17th, 2022.  We hope that you will be able to submit your work to this conference and have the opportunity to visit Tromsø and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the summer. Information regarding abstract submission and programs will be posted on very shortly.


The AcqVA Aurora Centre (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 June 1st–2nd, 2021. 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)

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

Examining bilingualism and learning through structural and functional neuroimaging



 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


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:


Jason Rothman (UiT, Nebrija)
Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (Nebrija, UiT)
Jubin Abutalebi (UniSR, 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