Learning and Plasticity - LaP2018


Learning and Plasticity - LaP2018


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 2018 meeting dates will be April 8-11, 2018. The venue is the same as for the three previous meetings, namely Äkäshotel at the Äkäslompolo village.

The special theme of the 2018 meeting is ageing. However, as before, most of the congress program will consist of free papers that reflect the whole spectrum of learning and plasticity research.

We are happy to announce the LaP 2018 keynote speaker Professor Kirk Erickson, PhD. He is the Head of the Brain Aging & Cognitive Health lab at the University of Pittsburgh, USA (http://bachlab.pitt.edu/).

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 space and to keep the meeting highly interactive, the number of participants is limited to 100. It is important to make travel arrangements in good time as the flights and the night trains tend to become fully booked due to the number of tourists coming to enjoy the unique Lappish Spring.

Hope to see you at the Heart of Finnish Lapland in Spring 2018!

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, Abo Akademi University, Finland
Marcus Meinzer, University of Queensland, Australia
Lars Nyberg, Umeå University, Sweden


  • Symposium proposals by November 30, 2017 by email to matti.laine@abo.fi
  • Abstract submission by 31 January, 2018
  • Congress registration: early-bird deadline – February 28, 2018