Institutt for biologisk og medisinsk psykologi
7th North Sea Meeting on Laterality


26th to 28th of August 2020, Bergen, Norway

Bergen summer mountains trees fjord
Colourbox.com, Andrey Armyagov

The North Sea Laterality Meeting is a biannual interdisciplinary conference aimed at presenting and discussing the latest developments in the research fields of brain laterality, brain asymmetry, and interhemispheric interaction, including both studies in humans and animal models. The meeting represents a unique forum for the discussion of behavioural, psychological, neural, and genetic aspects of hemispheric differences, as well as their relevance for clinical conditions. Attended by leading experts, the meeting offers ample opportunity for one-on-one discussions of novel findings and to network with colleagues to plan future projects around the North Sea (and beyond).

A pre-conference workshop on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and a post-conference fjord cruise opportunity, additionally offer stimulating experiences for brain and mind.

The preliminary programme can be found here.


Please press here to register.

An “early bird” registration discount will be available until the 1st of June 2020. Afterwards, normal rates apply.

The deadline for conference abstract submission is 1st June 2020

The deadline for conference registration is 1st July 2020.

Regular attendants

Early bird rate: 2900 NOK

Normal rate: 3500 NOK


Early bird rate: 1700 NOK

Normal rate: 2300 NOK


Please note the University of Bergen payment policies require you to pay with either Visa or Mastercard.

Pre-Conference Workshop:

There will be a free workshop on transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) one day before the conference starts. The workshop will take place from 12:00 - 17:00 on 26.08 and will be held at the Institute of Biological and Medical Psychology (IBMP), University of Bergen, located at Jonas Lies vei 91, 5009 Bergen. We will meet at the reception of the Haukeland University Hospital and walk to room U109 on the 9th floor.

The workshop will be held by Marco Hirnstein and will give practical hands-on experience with TES methods such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation. The focus will be on research applications, but we will also touch on TES methods in neurodiagnostics and as treatment tools. If you want to participate in the workshop or if you have any questions related to it, please contact Marco.Hirnstein@uib.no. No prior experience with TES is necessary to be able to profit from the workshop.

Abstract Submission:

Abstract submission for oral presentations and poster session will be open until 1st June 2020. 250 word limit.

Please press here to submit abstract.

Conference Venue:

The opening reception will take place at "Christie Cafe", located in the Natural History Museum (Muséplassen 3), on 26th August between 19:00 and 21:00. The entrance is on the left hand side of the building.

The meeting will take place at the lovely “Grand Konferanse- og Festlokaler” in the centre of Bergen at Nedre Ole Bulls plass 1, 5012 Bergen.

Link to the venue: https://www.grandbergen.no/


The conference partner hotel is Hotel Zander K, which is located within a short 5 minute walking distance from the conference venue and the city centre.

To book a room please call +47 55 36 20 40 or send an email to booking@zanderk.no with the referral code 4251744. The price for a single room including breakfast is 813 NOK.

Hotel Zander K is the only hotel that provides a conference discount but Bergen has a lot of other hotel options. For example:

Hotel Grand Terminus 

City Box

Scandic Byparken

Montana Youth Hostel Bergen

Radisson Blue

Hotel Norge

Getting around and sightseeing:

From the airport, the least expensive way of getting downtown is to take the Bergen Light Rail (“bybanen”). The ride takes ca 45 minutes and costs 38 NOK. Trains go every 7 to 8 min during daytime. The penultimate stop “Nonneseter” is located 50 m from Zander K Hote, and the final stop “Byparken” is right in the city centre (ca. 100 m from the conference venue).

Airport-bus service (one way 115 NOK) and taxis (at least 400 NOK) offer alternative modes of transportation.

Bergen and the surrounding area provides ample opportunity for scenic nature and cultural activities. For more information and to find something that suits your taste please visit https://en.visitbergen.com/.

Post Conference Excursion - Fjord Cruise:

On the 29th August we invite you to come along for a fjord cruise on the Hardanger fjord, travelling from Bergen to Rosendal and back. The Hardanger fjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and provides ample beautiful scenery.

There will be served lunch in The Manor House from 1664, situated between fjord, glacier, mountains and waterfalls.

The ferry leaves Bergen at 11:00 on Saturday 29th August and returns to the harbour of Bergen airport at 18:00 and at the harbour of Bergen city at 18:25.

For more information about the cruise, please visit this link or watch this video of the cruise and the mansion.

The fjord cruise is not included in the conference price and costs an additional NOK 950. You can book the fjord cruise via the conference registration form. Note that you need to register for the fjord cruise by no later than 31st March 2020, as we have to preorder seats on the ferry.  

Organizing Committee:

Organizers of the 7th North Sea Laterality Meeting:

prof. Karsten Specht, Institute of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen

prof. Kristiina Kompus, Institute of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen

prof. Marco Hirnstein, Institute of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen

prof. Rene Westerhausen, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo

Sponsors and funding:

We kindly thank the following institutions and companies for supporting the North Sea Laterality Meeting 2020: