Saltar al contenido | Saltar al meú principal | Saltar a la secciones

IWORDD - International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia 30th May. - 31st May.

IWORDD - International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia

As part of its scientific activities, the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language ( is pleased to announce IWORDD: International Workshop On Reading and Developmental Dyslexia.

Our aim with this workshop is to promote exchange of ideas between world-class dyslexia experts through debates and talks, and facilitate transfer of knowledge between practitioners and scientists.

The ultimate goal is to understand the causes of dyslexia and improve detection protocols and remediation techniques.

IWORDD will take place from Thursday May 30 to Saturday June 1 2013 in San Sebastian, Spain.

The workshop is split into two parts, each of which should be registered for separately.

In order to secure your place for this event, please REGISTER as soon as possible as the NUMBER OF PLACES IS LIMITED.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM. Part One: IWORDD -- Theoretical Perspectives (May 30 and 31)

This part will be dedicated to the science and will be centered around six debates between invited speakers. Since IWORDD aims to encompass the wide variety of theoretical views on developmental reading disorders, debates will involve international experts chosen to represent this diversity of approaches. This series of debates will be complemented by talks and poster presentations selected from abstract submissions. Note that only the 12 best abstracts will be selected for oral presentation, and that the language for these two days will be English.

Invited speakers

  • Franck Ramus - CNRS - Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Institute of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.
  • Heinz Wimmer - University of Salzburg, Austria.
  • Willy Serniclaes - CNRS, Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception, U. Paris Descartes (Directeur de Recherches Emerite). Unité de Neurosciences Cognitive, U. Libre de Bruxelles (Prof. Honoraire).
  • Merav Ahissar - Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Israel.
  • Pol Ghesquière - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belguim.
  • Kate Nation - University of Oxford, UK.
  • Anne Castles - Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University - Australia.
  • Andrea Facoetti - Developmental & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, General Psychology Department, University of Padova, Italy. Developmental Neuropsychology Unit, "E. Medea" Scientific Institute, Bosisio Parini, Lecco, Italy.
  • Trichur Vidyasagar - Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences and Melbourne Neurosciences Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Joel B. Talcott - Aston Brain Centre, Aston University, Birmingham UK.
  • Sylviane Valdois - Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition, Université Pierre Mendès-France.
  • Paavo H. T. Leppänen - Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Topics involved in the debates

  1. Results and non-results in the neuroimaging of dyslexia (Franck Ramus & Heinz Wimmer)
  2. The nature of the visual deficits in developmental dyslexia (Andrea Facoetti & Trichur Vidyasagar)
  3. Speech perception problems as a risk factor for dyslexia: Phonemic and allophonic processing perspectives (Paavo H. T. Leppänen & Willy Serniclaes)
  4. A phonological deficit or a broader auditory deficit as a core impairment of dyslexia? (Merav Ahissar & Pol Ghesquière)
  5. The phonological deficit: Cause or consequence of reading disorders? (Kate Nation & Anne Castles)
  6. Are there subtypes of developmental dyslexia? (Joel B. Talcott & Sylviane Valdois)


Abstract deadline:
February 1st, 2013. Extended till Feb 11.
Notification of abstract acceptance:
February 20th, 2013. Extended till Mar 5.
Early registration deadline:
March 11th, 2013
Online registration deadline:
April 16th, 2013
Conference dates:
May 30 - 31, 2013


CONFERENCE PROGRAM. Part Two: IWORDD -- From Theory to Practice (June 1). Go to website

The second part will promote the transfer of knowledge and interaction among researchers, parents, teachers and practitioners. IWORDD - From Theory to Practice will be centered around six keynotes by international experts tailored to a broad audience, followed by a round-table discussion. For this part, simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, English and Basque will be provided.

Questions to the speakers can be sent in advance through this form.

Keynote lectures & Invited speakers

  1. The diagnosis of dyslexia and the different reading profiles. Anne Castles - Macquarie University, Australia.
  2. Refining our understanding of developmental dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties. Joel B. Talcott - Aston University, UK.
  3. The dominant theoretical perspective and the difficulties with learning to read and write in a regular orthography. Heinz Wimmer - University of Salzburg, Austria.
  4. Dyslexia remediation programs: What to look for and how to pick one? Sylviane Valdois - Université Pierre Mendès-France
  5. Dyslexia in transparent languages: the case of Spanish. Manuel Carreiras - Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language, Spain.
  6. The neural and genetic bases of dyslexia. Franck Ramus - Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.
  7. Linking research with educational policy: Insights from monolingual and bilingual schooling contexts. Marketa Caravolas, Bangor University, UK


Super Early registration deadline:
December 4th, 2012
Early registration deadline:
March 11th, 2013
Online registration deadline:
April 16th, 2013
From Theory to Practice date:
June 1st, 2013



BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language. The scientific program will consist of keynote lectures, oral sessions and poster sessions.


Book of abstracts


The book of abstracts is available.

Who is coming to IWORDD?


Join our event on Facebook, see who is coming, share your thoughts about reading and developmental dyslexia,... or just meet for a beer with other participants ;)

Oral presentations


We have scheduled 20 minutes for the talks including 5 minutes for discussion.

The conference room will have both PC and Mac computers. Presentations must be uploaded onto a server at the venue, located at the registration desk. There are two options for uploading your presentation:

1) Sending it by e-mail to by May 27th
2) Uploading it to the server located at the conference venue, at least ONE DAY before your presentation.
3) Software provided for the presentations:

PC: Office Standard 2010 SP1, Adobe reader X Version 10.1.3, Windows media video, VLC

MAC: office Standard 2011 SP3, Keynote'09 Version 5.1(1018), Adobe reader 10.1.3, VLC, QuickTime

Poster dimensions


Participants are requested to design posters with the following dimension:

- Maximum poster height: 120 cm

- Maximum poster width: 90 cm

Each poster will be given a unique number which correspond to the poster panel. Participants are requested to put up their poster before 11:00am on the day corresponding to their poster presentation so as to increase the opportunity for other participants to read it. Posters should be removed by the end of the day (before 7:00 pm), but can stay on the panels until then.

Acceptance of abstracts


The notification of abstracts acceptance was sent on March 5. If you have not received your notification, please contact us by email ( )

Official poster of the conference


The official poster of the conference is available.

What is the BCBL?


©2010 BCBL. Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language. All rights reserved. Tel: +34 943 309 300 | Fax: +34 943 309 052