The Portuguese Secretary of State for Education, Professor João Costa, visited Lancaster University on Saturday (April 8) to take part in a conference on bilingualism and heritage language learning. The event was a joint initiative between Lancaster University and PARSUK, the association of Portuguese scientists and students based in the UK. It brought to Lancaster policy makers, leading researchers, parents and educators in order to discuss challenges and opportunities associated with heritage language education. During his visit, Professor Costa visited our new EEG lab, together with Portuguese Consul General, Dr Carlos Sousa Amaro, as well as representatives from the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was covered by RTP (the Portuguese national broadcaster). For more information on our symposium, please email Patrick Rebuschat or visit our symposium website.