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.

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


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


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?


Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 30th June 2022 23:59 CET
  • Notification of acceptance: 31st July 2022
  • Registration opens: 31st July 2022
  • Conference date: 25th & 26th October 2022

Conference fees (online)

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

Conference fees (face to face) will be confirmed by early June 2022

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.


The conference will take place online. *The organisers are considering hosting part of the conference face to face in Edinburgh. Once the decision is made, a limited number of tickets will be released. Online participants will have access to that part of the event via live streaming. The fee for the in-person conference attendance will be higher to reflect the costs of the venue and organisation. Please watch the space for more updates.

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


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