Learning and Plasticity - LaP2020


Learning and Plasticity - LaP2020


latest update: August 6, 2019


Dear colleague,

LaP is a cross-disciplinary meeting that connects psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of learning and brain plasticity. It is organized by the Åbo Akademi University, the University of Turku, and the Turku Brain and Mind Center.

The 2020 meeting dates will be April 5-8, 2020 (Sunday evening – Wednesday afternoon). The venue is the same as for the five previous annual meetings, namely Äkäshotel at the Äkäslompolo village.

A special theme of the 2020 meeting, addressed by the keynote as well as by symposium presentations, will be ”Videogaming and Cognitive Enhancement”. However, as before, most of the congress program will consist of free papers reflecting the broad spectrum of learning and plasticity research.

We are happy to announce the LaP 2020 keynote speaker Professor Simone Kühn at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany (for her website, see http://simonekuehn.com/).

Despite of its northern location way above the polar circle, the congress site is easy to reach e.g. by daily flight connections from Helsinki to the nearby airport at Kittilä. The congress program runs from afternoon to evening, enabling one to utilize the excellent possibilities for various winter sports and other outdoor activities during the long days in early April. Due to auditorium & poster space and to keep the meeting highly interactive, the number of participants is limited to 60. It is important to make travel arrangements in good time as the night trains and the flights tend to become fully booked due to the large number of tourists coming to enjoy the unique Lappish Spring.

Hope to see you at the Heart of Finnish Lapland in Spring 2020!

The LaP Scientific Committee,

Matti Laine, Abo Akademi University, Finland (Chair)

Lars Bäckman, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Susanne Jaeggi, University of California at Irvine, USA

Hasse Karlsson, University of Turku, Finland

Minna Lehtonen, University of Oslo, Norway

Marcus Meinzer, University of Queensland, Australia

Lars Nyberg, Umeå University, Sweden

Juha Salmi, University of Turku, Finland


  • Symposium proposals by November 15, 2019 by email to matti.laine@abo.fi
  • Abstract submission by the end of January 15, 2020 (Eastern European time)
  • Congress registration early-bird deadline by the end of February 15, 2020