4 April 2024

In honouring its role as a member of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment Agreement (CoARA) Multilingualism WorkGroup (WG), the ECSPM is organising a Workshop on “Multilingualism in Research and Assessment in HEIs”. The event is being hosted by the Centre for Multilingualism, University of Konstanz, Germany, directed by Theodoros Marinis.

Given our concern for multilingualism in research and all the activities that transpire in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), the Seminar – on Thursday 4 April – intends to bring together ECSPM scholars working on multilingualism, academics and researchers from other fields, as well as technology and publishing professionals to discuss issues related to: 1) The generation of valid and reliable criteria for the assessment of multi-/plurilingual teaching and learning, research, and academic publishing, 2) Best practices and the development of tools, guidelines, and models for recognizing, monitoring, and supporting multi-/plurilingual practices in HEIs.

5 April 2024

Members of the CoARA Multilingualism WG, including ECSPM, will collaborate to compose a project proposal on multilingualism and language bias in scientific research, publications, and communication to be submitted for EU funding. The agenda of the workshop will be announced to participants in advance.


In order to register for the Seminar and/or Workshop, please click here.

Seminar Programme

09:15 – 09:20

Event opening: Isabell Otto, Pro-Rector for Diversity & Career Development, University of Konstanz

09:20 – 09:30

Welcome and setting the context: Theodoros Marinis, Director of the Centre for Multilingualism

09:30 – 10:00

Introduction to the CoARA Multilingualism WG initiative: Janne Pölönen, General Secretary of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies & Head of the CoARA Multilingualism WG ‘Multilingualism and language biases in research assessment’

10:00 – 10:30

Conditions for multi-/plurilingualism in HEIs: Bessie Dendrinos, ECSPM President

10:30 – 11:30

Research assessment and linguistic diversity: why a multilingual approach brings about higher social benefits: Michele Gazzola, Ulster University

11:30 – 11:45 Refreshment break

11:45 – 12:45 Panel discussion

Multilingualism in research and assessment. Early-stage researchers’ views

  • Anamaria Bentea, University of Konstanz, Zukunftskolleg
  • Gian Maria Greco, University of Macerata, Marie-Curie Alumni Association
  • Judit Vári, University of Konstanz, Cluster of Excellence: The Politics of Inequality

Host: Tanja Rinker, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 Panel discussion

Policies for multilingualism in European University Alliances

  • Gilles Forlot, Inalco Vice-President for European and International Affairs & EUniWell Alliance
  • Tamás Szabo, University of Jyväskylä, FORTHEM Alliance, & co-chair of the Forum of European Universities Subgroup Multilingualism
  • Philipp Wasserscheidt, Humboldt University Berlin, Circle U Alliance

Host: Theodoros Marinis, Professor at the University of Konstanz

15:00 – 15:30Refreshment break

15:30 – 16:30 Panel discussion

Internationalising universities and the management of linguistic diversity

  • Irini Tsamadou-Jacoberger, Vice-President of European and International Relations, University of Strasbourg
  • Jo Angouri, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Internationalisation, University of Warwick
  • Luisa Martin Rojo, Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Center MIRCo (Multilingualism, Discourse and Communication), Autonomous University of Madrid

Host: Monica Barni, Sapienza University of Rome

16:30 – 17:00 General discussion and closing

19:00 –               Dinner at the Constanzer Wirtshaus, Spanierstr. 3, 78467 Konstanz. THE MENU

Workshop Programme

Will be announced to the participants in advance.