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IASAT 2019

September 11 - September 13

3rd IASAT Congress

Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th September 2019

♦ Registration ♦ Speakers ♦ Abstracts ♦ Agenda ♦ Venue ♦

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. The programme will be built around four larger topics to cover a wide range of relevant research questions related to affective touch. The four main topics are (1) The C story: pain, pleasure and itch (2) The spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system (3) Cognitive, affective and social perspectives (4) New advances in the field of affective touch: methods & applications. The congress will involve a wide variety of options for the speakers, such as data blitz sessions, research presentations, keynote talks, symposia and poster presentations. Furthermore, to create opportunities for causal discussions, gala dinners will be held on Wednesday and on Thursday. On Thursday evening, we will organize a visit and dinner to the nearby lakeside village of Vadstena, the birthplace of Yngve Zotterman.


Registration is open


Registration is open only to IASAT members – but membership is free.

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Registration Prices:

Registration (before 30/06/2019):

Students members (including doctoral students): 4000 SEK
Academic members, corporate & other members: 4500 SEK

Late registration (before 31/07/2019):

Students members (including doctoral students): 4500 SEK
Academic members, corporate & other members: 5000 SEK

On-site registration is not possible during the conference. The prices are in Swedish krona.

Registration includes full attendance Wednesday – Friday, coffee and lunch Wednesday – Friday, and Gala Dinner (Wednesday) as well as a visit to the town of Vadstena and the Dinner in the Vadstena Castle.


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Invited Speakers

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Annett Schirmer, Katalin Gothard, Emmanuel Bourinet, David Mahns, Catherine Bushnell, Alex Chesler, Karon MacLean, Victoria Abraira

(speakers subject to change)

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IASAT 2019 Abstract Deadline: 30th of April 2019

Please limit your abstract to 300 words. Reference lists should be avoided where possible. You may also include up to 2 images.

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.

The result of abstract submissions and the final agenda will be available after 31th of May 2019.


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Agenda (draft) – will be updated after the 31th of May 2019

Start End  Day 1 – Wednesday Sept. 11th
8:30 9:00 Coffee and Registration
9:00 9:10 Welcome Commencement
9:10 9:45 Keynote: Victoria Abraira
9:55 11:25 Session 1 – C story: pain, pleasure, itch
11:25 12:00 Keynote: Emmanuel Bourinet
12:00 13:00 Lunch
13:00 13:35 Keynote: David Mahns
13:35 15:05 Session 2 – Spinal Cord and PNS
15:05 15:25 Coffee Break
15:25 16:00 Keynote: Alex Chesler
16:00 Poster Session 1 
16:30 17:15 (Guided Poster Session)
18:00 Gala Dinner
Start End Day 2 – Thursday Sept. 12th
9:00 9:35 Keynote – Annett Schirmer
9:35 11:15 Session 3 – Cognitive, affective, and social perspectives
11:25 12:00 Keynote – Katalin Gothard
12:00 13:00 Lunch
13:00 15:00 Data Blitz
15:00 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 Poster Session 2 
15:45 16:30 (Guided Poster Session)
17:00 Bus to Vadstena
19:00 Dinner at Vadstena
19:30 Dinner Speaker 
Start End Day 3 – Friday Sept. 13th
9:00 9:35 Keynote: Catherine Bushnell
9:35 11:15 Session 4 – Methods and Applications
11:15 11:50 Keynote: Karon MacLean
11:50 12:00 Closing Remarks 













(agenda subject to change)

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IASAT 2019 will be held at Konsert&Kongress, Linköping, Sweden





Scientific Organising Committee: The scientific committee of IASAT 2019 consists of Håkan Olausson, India Morrison, Francis McGlone and Aikaterini Fotopoulou.

Administrative Support: The administrative support team includes Lina Homman, Andrew Wold, Anikó Kusztor, and Adarsh Makdani.

For more information: help@iasat.org

Supported By

(details will be available soon)

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Konsistoriegatan 7
Linköping, 582 22 Sweden
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