IASAT 2017 - 2nd Congress

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About this event:

Created by IASAT

The 2nd IASAT Congress – 2017 – Liverpool, UK

Friday 1st September – Sunday 3rd September

Liverpool Waterfront

Following the successful inaugural congress in 2015, we once again look forward to bringing together researchers from around the world to explore and discuss the biology and psychology of affective touch, and its role in brain development and social behaviour.

Several influential studies have examined the neurobiology, physiology and genetics of affective touch, and highlighted its social and cognitive importance. The aim is to provide a platform for fruitful scientific exchanges in this nascent field, and foster interdisciplinary dialogue between scientists and professionals in education, health and social care.

Agenda ♦ Registration ♦ Speakers ♦ Poster Abstracts ♦

VenueAccommodation ♦



Registration is open only to IASAT members – but membership is currently free!

Please Login or Sign Up, then return to this page to unlock conference registration.


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Registration Prices (as of 11th August 2017):

Students & ECRs: £120 // Academic Members: £220 // Corporate & Other Members: £240

Registration includes full attendance Friday – Sunday, Wine Reception (Friday), and Gala Dinner (Saturday).
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.


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Invited Speakers

Laura Case, Francesco Cerritelli, Frances Champagne, Illona CroyVincenzo Donadio,  Katerina Fotopoulou, Nina Jablonski, Siri LeknesEllen Lumpkin, Andrew Marshall, India Morrison, Chris Murtgatroyd, Henrik Norholt, Håkan Olausson, Kevin Pelphrey, Uta Sailer, Rebeccah Slater, Francisco Taberner, Luke Tanner, Paula Trotter, Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Martine van Puyvelde, Susannah Walker,  Roger Watkins, Johan Wessberg, Stuart Wilson & more

(speakers subject to change)


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Poster Abstracts

Late Breaking Abstracts: Final Call
Please sign up / login & use our abstract submission form.

You can use the form to upload a file which should include your title, all authors (and their affiliations), and your abstract (File types supported: doc, docx, odt, fodt, rtf). Alternatively – use the form entry option. Please limit your abstract to 300 words. Reference lists should be avoided where possible. You may also include up to 2 images.

If uploading a file, please use our template:
IASAT 2017 Abstract Template (DOCX) – MS Word
IASAT 2017 Abstract Template (ODT) – OpenDocument
IASAT 2017 Abstract Template (RTF) – RichText

Please Note:
We have had reports of errors with certain web browsers (i.e. Firefox). We are investigating the issues, but our form has been tested to work with IE11, Google Chrome & Opera Browser. If you find you can’t proceed – please use another browser, or contact us.

Abstracts may be submitted prior to conference registration & payment, but the first / presenting author must be registered for the meeting to display the poster and present during the allocated session.

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IASAT 2017 Programme Download (pdf)

Complete Programme (PDF)

Day 1 (1st September)

Day 2 AM (2nd September)

Day 2 PM (2nd September)

Day 3 (3rd September)

(subject to change)

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IASAT Map (pdf)

IASAT 2017 will be held at Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L3 3AF


There is limited on-site parking, so guests are encouraged to travel by public transport where possible. Guests requiring disabled access / parking are requested to contact us where possible.
Plan Your Visit (VisitLiverpool)

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Search for Accommodation (Booking.com)

Hotels near IASAT2017 – Byrom Street (pdf)

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Scientific Organising Committee:
Francis McGlone, LJMU  – Symposium Director
Susannah Walker, LJMU – Programme Chair
Håkan Olausson, LiU
Katerina Fotopoulou, UCL

Administrative Support:
Adarsh Makdani, LJMU
Claire Keenan, LJMU

Supported By

Johnson & Johnson | The Leverhulme Trust | Springer Publishing
ADInstruments | Experimental Psychology Society


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Partner Universities


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