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WoRLD-Research perspectives 18th Oct. - 19th Oct.

WoRLD-Research perspectives

WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness

The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language ( is pleased to announce WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness. Our aim with this workshop is to bring together experts and researchers on the neurocognition of language in deaf individuals and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between stakeholders and scientists.
The topics of the workshop include language processing and development in the context of deafness, taking in sign language and spoken language in oral and written form.
WoRLD will take place from Thursday, October 18th to Saturday, October 20th 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain.

The workshop is split into two parts. Registration for the scientific part (first two days) automatically includes access to the applied part (third day). Separate registration is available to attend the third day only (

Conference program (part one): WoRLD - Research perspectives (October 18th and 19th)

For each of the two first days, invited speakers will discuss theoretical perspectives and empirical findings on issues relating to the neurocognition of language in the context of deafness. Their keynote talks will address language processing for reading in deaf individuals, for sign language, and language development with cochlear implants. The keynote talks will be complemented by talks and poster presentations selected from abstract submissions. Note that the language for these two days will be English; International Sign interpretation will be provided if required. Complimentary registration is available for accompanying sign language interpreters.

Conference program (part two): WoRLD - From theory to practice (20th October)

The second part of the Workshop aims to provide a meeting space for researchers and stakeholders, including deaf individuals, educators, practitioners, and parents. There will be talks by international experts followed by panel discussions to promote dialogue between invited experts and the audience. The languages for this day will be English, Spanish and LSE (Spanish Sign Language); interpretation between all three languages will be provided.
Please consult the website for the Theory to Practice day for more information.

Confirmed invited speakers:

Anu Sharma - Brain and Behaviour Laboratory, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, USA.

Bencie Woll - Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London, United Kingdom.

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano - Marion Downs Center, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder, USA.

David Corina - Cognitive Neurolinguistics Lab, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis, USA.

Karen Emmorey - Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of California, San Diego, USA.

Kate Rowley- Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London, United Kingdom.

Mairéad MacSweeney - Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre & Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, United Kingdom.

Important dates

Abstract deadline: 15th May, 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance: 1st June, 2018
Early registration deadline: 30th June, 2018
Online registration deadline: 30th September, 2018
Conference dates: 18th-19th October, 2018

Organized by
BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language




We are happy to announce that ASL (American Sign Language) interpreting will be available during the talk sessions of WoRLD on all three days. This is possible thanks to support from Matt Dye and his research group at RIT/NTID. There will be International Sign Interpreting during the first two days of WoRLD and LSE (Spanish Sign Language) interpreting on the third day.



We are pleased to announce the details of the Social Event (Friday 19th October): We will be visiting the San Telmo City Museum with guided tour followed by dinner at the Hotel Londres, one of San Sebastian's most emblematic hotels overlooking the bay.
It will not be possible to register for the social event on site. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to attend the social event, please sign up (on the registration page) before the 30th September



WoRLD will be held in the central building of the Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park. The third day (WoRLD: From theory to practice) will be in the auditorium of the Aquarium located in the old port of the city. You can see the location of the venues on this map.



Participants are requested to design posters (portrait) with the following dimensions:

- Maximum poster height: 120 cm

- Maximum poster width: 90 cm

Each poster will be given a unique number which correspond to the poster panel

  • Frontiers
  • Caja laboral
  • Gobierno Vasco

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