Conference Programme

Click here for a PDF version of the abstracts for the poster sessions.


June 5th - Day 1: Evolution and genetics of language

08:30 Registration opens | coffee & tea served
09:30 Welcome by Peter Hagoort Managing Director & IMPRS Spokesperson
09:45 Chiara Barbieri University of Zürich & MPI for the Science of Human History
11:00 coffee break
11:15 Andrea Ravignani SealCentre Pieterburen & Vrije Universiteit Brussel
12:30 lunch break
14:00 Enoch Aboh Universiteit van Amsterdam
15:15 coffee break
15:45 Panel discussion led by Bill Thompson MPI for Psycholinguistics & UC Berkeley
16:45 Poster session 1 | borrel/drinks
18:15 end


June 6th - Day 2: Neurobiology of language

09:00 coffee & tea served
09:15 Melissa Duff Vanderbilt University
10:30 coffee break
10:45 Sophie Scott University College London
12:00 lunch break | PhD-Speaker lunch for IMPRS / LiI / CLS PhDs
13:30 Jeffrey Binder Medical College of Wisconsin
14:45 break
15:00 Jean-Remi King New York University
16:15 coffee break
16:45 Panel discussion led by Vitória Piai Donders Institute & RadboudUMC
17:45 end

19:00 Conference dinner @ De Waagh


June 7th - Day 3: Big Ideas Workshop

09:30 Meet your group | coffee & tea served
10:00 Introduction to Big Ideas workshop
10:15 Individual group meetings
12:30 lunch break
14:00 Individual group meetings
15:00 coffee break
15:15 Pitch competition
16:00 Poster session 2 | coffee break
17:00 Announcement of winning group
17:15 Closing remarks
17:30 end

The Big Ideas topics:

Gerardo Ortega
If there is only one human language, should we expect all linguistic phenomena to be rooted on the same foundations as speech when we look at the manual-visual modality (i.e., acquisition, processing, cognitive architecture, genomic foundations, language emergence of signs and gestures)?

Christina Bergmann
Can we find ways to boost first language acquisition?
Can we bridge the gap between cognition and lab experiments?

Sophie Scott
Can we ever hope to study language both as a computational system and as a social communication?

Bill Thompson
When investigating language evolution, are we focussing on the right aspects of cognition?

Melissa Duff
How do we bridge psychological and neurobiological findings in the language sciences to generate integrated, and plausible, theories of language use?

Jeffrey Binder
How does the human brain learn and store knowledge of abstract concepts? There is now substantial evidence that knowledge about concrete objects, actions, and events is acquired through a process of generalization over relevant sensory and motor experiences, and that such knowledge is represented, at least in part, in distributed, modal sensory and motor networks. Do the same principles apply to abstract concepts such as 'thought', 'truth', 'analogy', 'problem', etc., that do not refer directly to physical entities or actions?

Jean Remi King
Is there a neural code? Have we found it? Else, how would we?

Enoch Aboh
How do new grammars emerge from many?

Chiara Barbieri
Why do we speak so many different languages?


The abstracts booklet for the IMPRS Conference 2018 will be posted to this page before the start of the conference.