Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic, University of Warsaw, Poland
Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic is a an associate professor at the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw, Poland. Agnieszka’s interdisciplinary studies can be located on the crossroads of applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and language education. Her interests and research projects include: childhood bilingualism, individual differences in language acquisition, cross-linguistic phenomena in multilinguals, cognate words and the role of metalinguistic awareness in vocabulary acquisition. She is an executive committee member of the International Association of Multilingualism. [ABSTRACT]

Stephen May, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Stephen May PhD, FRSNZ is Professor of Education in Te Puna Wānanga (School of Māori and Indigenous Education) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Stephen is an international authority on language rights, language policy, bilingualism and bilingual education and critical multicultural approaches to education. Additional research interests are in the wider politics of multiculturalism, ethnicity and nationalism, social theory (particularly the work of Bourdieu), sociolinguistics, and critical ethnography. Stephen has published over 100 articles and book chapters, along with numerous books, in these areas, including The Multilingual Turn (2014) and Language and Minority Rights (2nd ed., 2012). He is Editor-in-Chief of the 10-volume Encyclopedia of Language and Education (3rd ed., 2017), and founding co-editor of the journal Ethnicities. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ). [ABSTRACT]

María Luisa Pérez Cañado, University of Jaen, Spain 
Dr. María Luisa Pérez Cañado is Full Professor at the Department of English Philology of the University of Jáen, Spain, where she is also Rector’s Delegate for European Universities and Language Policy. She is currently coordinating the first intercollegiate MA degree on bilingual education and CLIL in Spain, as well as four European, national, and regional projects on attention to diversity in CLIL. She has also been granted the Ben Massey Award for the quality of her scholarly contributions regarding issues that make a difference in higher education. [ABSTRACT]

Adam Jaworski, University of Hong Kong
We regret to inform you that the plenary talk planned to be delivered by Professor Adam Jaworski has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
Adam Jaworski is Chair Professor of Sociolinguistics in the School of English, University of Hong Kong. His research interests include discursive and multimodal approaches to mobility by choice, globalization, display of languages in space, media discourse, nonverbal communication, and text-based art. He is member of the editorial board of several journals, including Discourse, Context & Media, Discourse & Society, Journal of Language and Politics, Journal of Multilingual Theories and Practices, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language, Culture and Society, Language in Society, Lingua, Linguistic Landscape, The Mouth, Multilingua, and Visual Communication. With Brook Bolander, he co-edits the Oxford University Press book series, Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics. [ABSTRACT]

Christa Van Der Walt, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Christa van der Walt is a professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where she is currently also Vice-Dean for Research. Her research focuses on multilingual learning and teaching and the development of academic literacies. She has published widely, contributing chapters to 16 books, co-editing three and she published the book Multilingual higher education, published by Multilingual Matters in 2013. A forthcoming publication is a book co-edited with Dr V Pfeiffer, entitled Multilingual classroom contexts: Transitions and transactions, published by SunMedia. [ABSTRACT]