Please note that the LaP 2018 meeting's webpages have been moved to a new address:


Dear colleague

Preliminary information on the 2018 meeting

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 (

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


Photos from LaP2017 can be found in the gallery

Photos from LaP2016 can be found in the gallery

Photos from LaP2015 can be found in the gallery

See Twitter posts from #LaP_2017 _here_



Please note that the LaP 2018 meeting's webpages have been moved to a new address:

-Symposium proposals by November 30, 2017 by email to
-Abstract submission by the end of Wednesday (Eastern European Time)
January 31, 2018 (the abstract submission system opens on this website
in the beginning of January 2018)
-Congress registration for an early-bird fee by the end of Wednesday
(Eastern European Time) February 28, 2018 (information on the
registration fees will be added to the website after the summer)