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        1.    Katrien Mondt, Multilingual Neuroimaging Research in Brussels and Europe - State of the Art and Policy Implications


Message 1: Multilingual Neuroimaging Research in Brussels and Europe - State of the Art and Policy Implications
Date: 16-Aug-2006
From: Katrien Mondt <kamondtvub.ac.be>
Subject: Multilingual Neuroimaging Research in Brussels and Europe - State of the Art and Policy Implications


Multilingual Neuroimaging Research in Brussels and Europe - State of the Art and
Policy Implications

Date: 22-Sep-2006 - 22-Sep-2006
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact: Katrien Mondt
Contact Email: sympbilvub.ac.be
Meeting URL: http://www.vub.ac.be/sympbil

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Language
Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

The goal of this symposium is to offer a platform for neuroimaging research and
research on bi/multilingualism and its possible implications for scientific and
educational policy. A state of the art of neurocognitive research on
bilingualism will be presented. Scientists and policy makers are given the
opportunity to enter into a debate about the subject.

Scientific fields: neuroimaging, bilingualism, language, neurocognition
Deadline abstracts posters: September 10th 2006
Deadline registration participants: September 10th 2006 (25 Euro, afterwards 35
euro)

Context:
Brussels is a multilingual region with a vibrant scientific community. The two
largest Universities - the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel - have collaborated successfully on innovative projects
using neuroimaging tools to investigate aspects of bilingualism.

These universities jointly organize the international symposium- Multilingual
Neuroimaging Research in Brussels and Europe. State of the Art and Policy
Implications - where scientists, educationalists and policy makers can join in
debate and have the opportunity to present recent insights and developments.

Concept:
First, a state of the art of current neuroimaging research on language and
bilingualism will be presented by Europe's leading scientists. Second, the
research carried out through the collaboration of the Université Libre de
Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will be presented.

During the walking lunch and reception, there is ample opportunity to present
scientific research via a poster session.

In the afternoon scientists and policy makers will shed light on the current
status, needs, and expectations of the interaction between fundamental research
and policy-driven research. Finally, these topics will be further discussed by
an interdisciplinary panel.

Call:
Submissions for posters are welcomed from research in neuroscience,
neuroimaging, applied linguistics, cognition and bilingualism. Reference to its
importance for policy makers and/or its potential policy implications is
preferable, but not essential.

Deadline submission abstracts:
10 September 2006

Send as .doc/.pdf attachment to:
sympbilvub.ac.be

Format:
Max 500 words (excluding references, affiliation, and acknowledgement),
Including title, objective, methods, results and discussion. Clearly state
author(s) and affiliation(s). Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.

Venue:
Marriott Hotel Brussels
Rue A. Orts Straat, 3-7
1000 Brussels
Tel: 00 32 2 516 9090
http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/BRUDT

Programme:
9h00 Registration
9h30 Welcome & Plenary
Chair: Prof. Dr. Piet Van de Craen, VUB, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Ben Van Camp - Rector VUB, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Pierre De Maret - Rector ULB, Belgium
Commissioner Jan Figél - European Commissioner for Education,
Training, Youth & Multilingualism

10h30 Coffee & Refreshments

10h45 Neuroimaging Research and Bilingualism
Chair: Tine Vandensande
Prof. Dr. Laurie Stowe - NIC, Groningen, the Netherlands
Dr. Isabell Wartenburger - BNIC, Berlin, Germany
Prof.Dr. David Green - University College London, United Kingdom

11h45 Neuroimaging Research and Bilingualism in Brussels
Chair: Prof. Dr. Axel Cleeremans, ULB, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Danielle Balériaux - MR Department, ULB, Belgium
Dr. Katrien Mondt - Department of Linguistics, VUB, Belgium

12h15 Walking Lunch & Poster Session

14h00 Policy Driven Research & Scientifically Driven Policy
Prof. Dr. Els Witte - Centre for Interdisciplinary Study of
Brussels, VUB, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Piet Van de Craen - Department of Linguistics, VUB,
Belgium
Minister Fientje Moerman - Research Policy Flanders
Secretary Paul Van Snick - Research Policy Brussels Capital Region
Minister Marie-Dominique Simonet - Research Policy Wallonia

15h30 Coffee & Refreshments

15h45 Panel and Press
Chair: Prof. Dr. Els Witte
Prof. Dr. Hugo Baetens-Beardsmore, Department of Sociology, ULB,
Belgium
Minister Guy Vanhengel - VGC Education
Coordinating Director Gerda Calders - Primary Education Brussels
Prof. Dr. Philippe Paquier, MR Department, ULB
Minister Maria Arena - Education Wallonia
Minister Frank Vandenbroucke - Education Flanders

17h00 Reception & Poster Session

Registration and Conference Fee
On site registration: www.vub.ac.be/sympbil
Until September 10th: 25 euro
After September 10th: 35 euro
Parking is available at 15 euro. Please indicate request for parking on
registration form (website).

Proceedings
Papers (from posters and oral sessions) are welcomed for review until November
15th 2006.
A selection of submissions will be published in an anthology ''Brain, Language
and Education - The European Perspective''
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