Registrations

To attend BMRS22 virtually, please register HERE

To attend BMRS22 in person in Edinburgh, please register HERE

Please note, that the in-person spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Discounted conference fees:

Members of the BM network and students irrespective of their affiliation to BM are eligible for discounts.

BM Members: You can only access discounted fees if you are registered to the BM community platform. Registering to the community platform activates your existing BM membership. You can register here and book BMRS directly from the platform. If you are registered and the system displays a non-discounted price available to you, please contact the organisers and your profile will be updated.

Students: Students who are not affiliated with BM and do not wish to become BM members are still eligible for discounted prices. Please register here as a temporary member and book BMRS22 directly from the platform. Please indicate you are a student and the reason for your registration: BMRS. Your registration to the platform/membership will expire after the conference.

Become a member: If you wish to become a member of BM, please review our membership options here. The annual membership fees for prospective BMRS22 presenters and attendees will be reduced by £20. In order to benefit from the lower membership fees, please send BM an email to receive a personalised membership invitation link. Once your application is approved you can book BMRS22 directly from the platform.

Overview

The Bilingualism Matters Research Symposium (BMRS) is an annual interdisciplinary research conference organised by Bilingualism Matters. It is open to researchers at any stage of their career working on any aspect of bilingualism*, irrespective of their affiliation to Bilingualism Matters. BMRS will take place in Edinburgh and will be live-streamed. Presenters and attendees will be able to choose to attend virtually or in person.

The BMRS22 plenary speakers are:

  • Ludovica Serratrice, professor of bi- and multilingualism at the University of Reading and Director of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism
  • Joseph Lo Bianco, professor emeritus at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and former Chief Executive of the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia

*Bilingualism: We refer to ‘bilingualism’ as an ability to use more than one language (two or more). Synonymous terms: plurilingualism, multilingualism.

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts will be considered for two types of presentation: oral presentation (the presenter will deliver a 15-minute oral presentation) or poster (presenter will produce a digital poster).
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts cannot exceed the limit of 500 words, excluding tables and references.
  • Describe in your abstract how your research is relevant to the needs of the general public, professionals (health, education, etc.), policymakers and others
  • Figures, tables, examples and references may be uploaded in a separate file.
  • Abstracts must be submitted directly to the Easy Chair online form. They can also be uploaded in a separate file but in this case, they MUST NOT contain any names of authors, only the title.
  • Authors can indicate a preference for an oral or poster presentation. However, the Programme Committee reserves the right to decide on the final format
  • Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bmrs2022

Topics

We welcome contributions in and across the four broad categories

  • Linguistic, developmental, and clinical aspects of bilingualism
  • Psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism
  • Sociolinguistic and sociocultural aspects of bilingualism
  • Pedagogical aspects of bilingualism

Keywords

children, adults, ageing, autism, health, mental health, education, business and workspace, identity, migration, bimodal and unimodal, family, sign language, atypical language development, attrition, minority languages, heritage languages, learning and teaching, policy

Review Criteria

Our panel of expert reviewers will choose abstracts based on the following criteria:

  • Originality - Does the research make a contribution to knowledge?
  • Academic rigour - s the theoretical background clearly described? Are the arguments sound, clear, and logical?
  • Availability of results - What is the stage of the research? Are results available?
  • Presentation - Is the writing clear? Is it appropriately organized? Is the length appropriate?
  • Social relevance - Does the research have the potential to be relevant to non-academic audiences? Is it explained clearly?

Organisation

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 7th July 2022 23:59 CET
  • Notification of acceptance: 9th August 2022
  • Registration opens: 9th August 2022
  • Conference date: 25th & 26th October 2022

Conference fees (virtual attendance)

  • £75 full fee
  • £50 full fee BM members
  • £30 discounted fee (students)

Conference fees (attendance in person in Edinburgh, UK)

  • £175 full fee
  • £150 full fee BM members
  • £100 discounted fee (students)

Bursaries are available on application. Please contact bmrs@bilingualism-matters.org

Sign Language interpretation

Subject to availability of relevant submissions, the conference organisers will make every effort to provide relevant sign language interpretation. Please contact bmrs@bilingualism-matters.org to discuss your requirements.

Location

The conference will take place online and in Edinburgh (John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh). The fee for the in-person conference attendance is higher to reflect the costs of the venue and organisation.

Conference Proceeding

A special issue of accepted work is planned for the journal Ampersand: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language Sciences and Bilingualism. More information to follow.

BMRS22 Committee

  • Dr Carmit Altman
  • Dr Ana Balas
  • Dr Francesca Foppolo
  • Dr Georgia Fotiadou
  • Dr Tihana Kras
  • Prof Dr Tanja Rinker
  • Dr John W. Schwieter
  • Prof Yang Wang
  • Prof Antonella Sorace
  • Dr Katarzyna Przybycien

Contact

All questions about submissions should be emailed to: bmrs@bilingualism-matters.org