Scientific Programme

Conference Programme Book

NEW! The Conference Programme Book has now been released. It will be given to all participants at the conference.

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IAN ROBERTSON - The neuropsychology of cognitive reserve

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREProfessor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Visiting Professor at University College London and was formerly a Fellow at Hughes Hall, Cambridge University and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York

He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, the Royal Society of Arts and is a Fellow of the US Association of Psychological Science and of the British Psychological Society. A trained clinical psychologist as well as a neuroscientist, he is widely known internationally for his research on the human brain. His popular writing has included regular features in the London Times, a column in the British Medical Journal and many scientific books and articles.

Ian has written four books aimed at the general reader: Mind Sculpture (2000), The Mind’s Eye  (2003), Stay Sharp (2005) and The Winner Effect (2012), all of which have been widely translated. He has published over 250 academic papers in leading journals such as Nature and Psychological Bulletin and many academic books. Currently he writes a column for,  blogs on and tweets on @ihrobertson.

HEIKKI LYYTINEN - Early identification and prevention of dyslexia

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREUNESCO Professor, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology

Led EU-COST A8 “Learning Disorders as a Barrier to Human Development” action from 1994-1998, co-lead with Lea Pulkkinen the Centers of Excellence “Human Development and its risk factors” 1997-2006 and with Jari-Erik Nurmi “Learning and Motivation” 2006-2011, both funded by the Academy of Finland.  Directed the Jyväskylä Longitudinal study of Dyslexia (JLD) from 1993. Was vice president of the UJ 1997-2000.

Today chair of the boards of the Agora Human Technology Centre of UJ and that of Niilo Mäki Foundation maintaining the Niilo Mäki Institute ( Member of the Academy of Sciences and Letters (of Finland, 2003-). Published extensively in international journals; domains of interest: learning, psychophysiology/ cognitive neuroscience, dyslexia and reading acquisition (for details, see Most recent focus: preventive training for children at risk of reading difficulties or dyslexia (

MATTHEW LAMBON RALPH - Brain in action: how the brain stores and uses semantic knowledge?

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREProfessor of Cognitive Neuroscience & Associate Vice-President (Research)

His research falls under three major themes - semantic cognition and its disorders; language and its disorders; recovery, rehabilitation and plasticity. Clinical and basic science questions in these themes are pursued using a convergent combination of different methodologies including: neuropsychology, computational models (models that can mimic neural organisation in their construction but also produce target behaviours), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), structural and functional neuroimaging.

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JENNIE PONSFORD - Traumatic brain injury: The challenge to improve outcome

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREBA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, MAPsS

A Professor of Neuropsychology in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University and Director of the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She has spent the past 33 years engaged in clinical work and research with individuals with brain injury. Her research has investigated outcomes following mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), factors predicting outcome, including and the efficacy of rehabilitative interventions to improve outcome, with current intervention studies focusing specifically on fatigue and sleep changes, and psychiatric and substance use following TBI.

She has published over 170 journal articles and book chapters on these subjects, as well as two books on rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. She also directs a doctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University and her students are actively engaged with her research program. Professor Ponsford is the Immediate Past-President of the International Neuropsychological Society, Past-President of the International Association for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury and the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), and serves on the Executive of the International Brain Injury Association and ASSBI. She is a member of the Editorial Board of seven international journals. In May, 2013 she was awarded the Robert L. Moody prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation.

Important information for presenters (oral, poster, symposium)

Please check the time of your presentation in the programme. If there is something to correct or you cannot find your presentation, please contact [email protected]

1. Oral presentation

Oral presentation time is 15 minutes + 2 minutes for discussion- There will be max 5 presentations in each session with a time frame, as follows:

•    Introduction of the presenter/presentation (1/2 minute)
•    Presentation (15 minutes)
•    Discussion (2 minutes)
•    Closing of the presentation (1/2 minute)

Each lecture rooms is equipped with a PC laptop computer, a data/video projector and a screen. The software installed on the computer includes:

- MS Office 2007 Suite (PowerPoint, Word)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Internet Explorer
- Windows Media Player
- Skype

Take your presentation files with you in a USB stick and deliver it to speakers’ service desk at least 3-4 hours before the time of your presentation. Speakers’ service desk is located in the main lobby.

2. Poster presentations

Poster sessions will be organized around selected themes. Each poster presenter will be provided with a panel onto which the poster can be mounted. The number on the panel corresponds the presentation number in the Programme. Poster should be mounted in the morning of the presentation day and must be removed at the end of the day.
The size of the poster board is 1 m x 1.25 m (width x height). Each poster presenter should put up his/her poster himself. Pins will be provided by the house.

The posters should have a title, and should state the authors and their affiliations. The authors are requested to stay with their posters during the session, as given in the Programme. Please be prepared to distribute handouts of your poster.

3. Symposium

The total length of each symposium is 90 minutes. The length of the individual presentations within the symposium depends on the number of presentations. Please contact your symposium organizer for instructions.

Take your presentation files with you in a USB stick and deliver it to speakers’ service desk at least 3-4 hours before the time of your presentation. Speakers’ service desk is located in the main lobby.

For details on the equipment in the lecture rooms see above ‘Oral presentation’.


We look forward to your presentation and your active participation at the conference!