Bilingualism and the Brain

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

Given the current situation with the corona pandemic, its unpredictability, and the likely issues for travel, we have decided to further postpone the workshop to November 18th to 19th 2021. This will be the last scheduling changes we intend to make. We will notify the participants in August 2021 to confirm whether the workshop will take place or not. If you do have any questions,  concerns or if there are any changes in your abstract, please do not hesitate to contact us at 


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