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18th EFNIL Conference, Cavtat


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Preliminary Programme

The Role of National Language Institutions in the Digital Age


Wednesday 6 October

14.00 – 16.00 Arrival of delegation members – registration – coffee/tea and lunch

16.00 – 17.30 General Assembly for EFNIL members (Part 1)

Social Program

18.00 – 19.00 Organized Cavtat sightseeing

19.30 Welcome reception – Hotel Croatia, Cavtat

Thursday 7 October

Conference room Ragusa, Hotel Croatia, Cavtat


09.00-09.30 Registration

09.30 – 10.40 Opening session

09.30 – 10.10 Welcome address by 

Željko Jozić, Director of the Institute of the Croatian Language and Linguistics, Local organizer

Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia

Radovan Fuchs, Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia

Filip Majcen, Director, DG Interpretation, European Commission

Johan Van Hoorde, President of EFNIL: introduction to the conference

10.10 – 10.40 Philippe Gelin, DG CONNECT, European Commission:
A Language Data Space for Europe: from vision to implementation.


10.40 – 11.00 Coffee break


11.00 – 12.50 Thematic session 1: Language Resources and technologies

11.00 – 11.35 Marko Tadić: Current pan-European Language Technologies initiatives: an opportunity for low-resourced languages


11.35 – 11.50 Frieda Steurs: The Dutch language: research and policy in the digital age

11.50 – 12.05 Rickard Domeij: National infrastructure for the languages of Sweden – past, present and future

12.05 – 12.20 Dr. Anželika Gaidienė: Lithuanian Language Technology Landscape: from documents till language technologies

12:20 – 12:35 Kozma Ahačič: Toward a comprehensive service for Slovenian language users: the Fran and Franček web portals and language-counselling service

12.35 – 12.50 General discussion

Moderation: Tamás Váradi, Ludwig Eichinger

12.50 – 13.45 Lunch break

13.45 – 15.30 Thematic session 2: The political role of national language institutions

13.45 – 14.20 Prof. Trond Trosterud: Normative language work in the age of machine learning 

14.20 – 14.35 Prof. Neasa Ní Chiaráin: Digital Plan for Irish

14.35 – 14.50 Isabella Tamba: The role of the Institutes of the Romanian Academy in the digitisation process of the linguistic research

14.50 – 15.05 Prof. Marek Łaziński, Polish language resources and their role in the description of the language change and establishing the new norm

15.05 – 15.30 General discussion

Moderation: Júlia Choleva, Ase Wetas

15.30 – 15.55 Coffee break

15.55 – 17.30 Thematic session 3: Language research and language planning in relation to research and industrial development

15.55 – 16.40 Hans Uszkoreit, Feiyu Xu: Demand for NLP Applications in the Enterprise World with special attention to linguistic diversity and to latest developments such as the impact of very large language models

16.40 – 16.55 Andreas Witt: The Future is now. The Digital Transformation in the German Linguistics Community and the Key Role of the Leibniz Institute for the German Language

16.55 – 17.10 Moritz Sommet: The digital language research landscape in multilingual Switzerland

17.10 – 17.30 General discussion

Moderation: Sabine Kirchmeier, Johan Van Hoorde


Social Program


18.00  – 19.00 Cavtat – Dubrovnik boat ride

19.00  – 20.00 Dubrovnik sightseeing

20.00 – 20.40 Visit to a 16th-century Sponza Palace:

Address by Mato Franković, Mayor of Dubrovnik

Address by Johan Van Hoorde, President of EFNIL

Classical music concert: Dubrovnik String Quartet

20.45 Conference dinner at Gradska kavana Arsenal Restaurant in Dubrovnik



Friday 8 October

09.00 – 10.45 European Language Equality

09.00 – 09.30 Per Langgård: How to struggle for a digital future - the case of Greenlandic

09.30 – 10.00 Andy Way: The European Language Equality Project

10.00 – 10.45 Panel discussion

Marko Tadic, Philippe Gelin, Hans Uszkoreit, Rickard Domeij, Feiyu Xu, Sabine Kirchmeier, Frieda Steurs

Moderation: Kristina Despot, Zeljko Jozic

Announcement of Forum "Innovation, Technologies and Plurilingualism", organised by the French presidency of the EU, Ms. C.-L. Chambron, DGLFLF

10.55 – 11.20 Coffee/tea break

11.20 – 13.00 Master Thesis Award winners

11.20 – 11.30 Sabine Kirchmeier: Introduction of the MTA

11.30 – 11.55 Agnes Kim: Language and Society in Change. A Historical-Sociolinguistic Investigation Using the Example of the Marchfeld (Lower Austria) in the Early 20th Century

11.55 – 12.20 Pia Nilsson: Language in the Museum. An investigation of the views held by the public and by language experts on a Swedish language museum

12.20 – 12.45 Anne-Mieke Thieme: Multilingual The Hague: Municipal language policy, politics, and practice

12.45 – 12.55 Sabine Kirchmeier: Delivering the certificates

Moderation: Sabine Kirchmeier, Ase Wetas


12.55 – 13.40 General Assembly for EFNIL members (Part 2 Election of a new Executive Committee) followed by coffee/tea and lunch. 

(For delegates that have to leave before the end there will be a packed lunch available.)

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