Welcome to the Conference on Multilingualism (COM) 2016!


The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University is organising the Conference on Multilingualism from 11th September to 13th September 2016 in the centre of historic Ghent, in Belgium. The call is now open for oral and poster presentations.

Participants wishing to present should submit a title and an abstract for their presentation before 18th March 2016 by email to com2016@ugent.be. Please use the abstract template, which you can find here. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words, including references. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on 25th March 2016. Suitable topics for presentation are all cognitive and educational aspects related to bilingualism and multilingualism, including (but not limited to) language processing, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, bilingualism and cognitive control, education in a foreign language, and bilingualism and (working) memory. Please indicate in your email whether you prefer a poster or oral presentation.


What? The Conference on Multilingualism actually has a longstanding tradition (see History). It started in 2005 at the University of Trento under the name ‘Workshop on Bilingualism’. Since then, the name has been changed a couple of times to ‘Neurobilingualism’ and ‘Workshop of Neurobilingualism’. This makes the current conference the ninth edition of the gathering. We decided to continue the tradition under the somewhat broader label of ‘Conference on multilingualism’ in order to include different aspects of cognition and not limit the scope to just bilingualism.

When? Sunday 11th to Tuesday 13th September 2016

Where? In the centre of Ghent, Belgium (Het Pand - Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent)

Keynotes? Invited speakers are Tamar H. Gollan (UC San Diego), Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (BCBL), and Narly Golestani (University of Geneva).

As a special treat, we will also host a symposium on bilingualism and cognitive control. Confirmed speakers are Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh), Kenneth Paap (San Francisco State University), Esli Struys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and Evy Woumans (Ghent University).


This year, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University is organising the Conference on Multilingualism. Most members of the organising committee are part of the research project LEMMA (Language, Education, and Memory in Multilingualism and Academia), conducting research on the interface between language and memory in multilingualism. Naturally, many more people are involved. All members of both the organising and scientific committee are listed below.

Organising committee: Wouter Broos, Marc Brysbaert, Ellen De Bruyne, Aster Dijkgraaf, Nicolas Dirix, Wouter Duyck, Robert Hartsuiker, Toru Hitomi, Emmanuel Keuleers, Marcelo Martins Kremer, Dominiek Sandra, Esli Struys, Martin Valcke, Eva Van Assche, Heleen Vander Beken, Evy Woumans
Scientific committee: Marc Brysbaert, Wouter Duyck, Robert Hartsuiker, Emmanuel Keuleers, Dominiek Sandra, Monika S. Schmid, Esli Struys, Martin Valcke, Eva Van Assche, Evy Woumans