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Plenary speakers

We are proud to introduce our plenary speakers (in alphabetical order, more information to come):

Prof Dr Piet Van Avermaet

Head of the Centre for Diversity and Learning, at the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at Ghent University, Belgium

Piet Van Avermaet is head of the Centre for Diversity and Learning, at the Linguistics Department of Ghent University. He teaches 'multicultural studies', 'multilingualism in education' and 'langiage policy' at the same University. His expertise and research interests cover topics related to multilingualism in education, social ineaquality in education, language policy and practice in education, language policy and practice in contexts of (social) inclusion, language assessment, diversity and inclusion, integration and participation, discrimination in education, migration.

*** Dr Lorna Carson

Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

*** We regret to announce that Dr Lorna Carson is not able to participate in this conference due to circumstances. Prof Dr Piet Van Avermaet will take her place as plenary speaker.

Dr Bernat Joan i Marí

Associate Lecturer, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Catalunya/ Spain

Dr Bernat Joan Marí teaches Catalan Philology and General Linguistics at the Departament de Filologia Catalana i Lingüística General.
He was a Member of the European Parliament with the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, part of the European Free Alliance and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education. He was a substitute for the Committee on Development, a vice-chair of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and a substitute for the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union (including Libya).

Dr Delyth Prys

Head of the Language Technology Unit, Bangor University, Wales/United Kingdom

Dr Delyth Prys leads a team of programmers, software developers and lexicographers at Bangor University’s Language Technologies Unit, a specialist unit housed within Canolfan Bedwyr, the University’s Welsh Language Centre. It conducts pioneering research and development in text and speech technologies, terminology standardization, and other aspects of NLP and Computational Linguistics. Its primary focus is on Welsh and other Celtic languages, and on multilingual aspects of communication. Amongst the Language Technologies Unit’s special interests are language revitalization through language technologies, and enabling less-resourced languages to thrive in the digital age.

Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur

Director Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

At the SOAS University of London, Mandana Seyfeddinipur directs the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, which provides around £1,000,000 annually for the documentation of endangered languages across the globe since 2010. Since 2014 she is also directing ELAR, the Endangered Languages Archive.
She teaches courses and classes on the visual mode of language, the use of video in language documentation and fieldwork, ELAN annotation, psychology of language, and language use. Her main research interests are language documentation, cultural and linguistic diversity in language use, video in language documentation, and multimodality with a focus on gesture, visual mode of language, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, and language production.