Final practical information

13 June 2018

Dear conference participants,

With less than a month to go until ALA2018, we would like to draw your attention to the following details. We would also like to ask participants to fill out the following form. PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW FIRST.

Registration, venue & public transport

The conference will take place at the VU Griffioen Cultural Centre which is easy to reach by public transport. From Amsterdam City Centre or Amsterdam Zuid Station you can simply take tram 5 (direction Amstelveen Binnenhof) or metro 51 (direction Amstelveen Westwijk) (see map below). Get out at stop ‘Uilenstede’ (the 4th stop after Amsterdam Zuid) and follow conference directions. The venue is a 5-minute walk from there.

More information on public transport and tickets for public transport can be found on the I Amsterdam website.

Registration will take place at the venue on Thursday 5 July from 8.30 onwards. The registration desk will remain open throughout the entire conference, but we would like to encourage you to register on Thursday morning.

Preconference workshops 4 July

On Wednesday afternoon (between 13.00 and 16.30), we have organized two preconference workshops on academic presentation (by Marjolein Cremer) and publishing (by Leila Ranta & Joanna White), which are open to young researchers and others interested. See the conference programme page for a full description ( Please indicate on the form whether you would like to be present, so we can prepare the workshops well.

Lunch, drinks and dietary restrictions

The conference fee includes lunch, tea and coffee throughout the conference. Since many climate studies indicate that eating vegetarian food reduces a person’s daily carbon footprint, we asked our caterer, Il Caffè, to create a wonderfully tasty vegetarian lunch for all conference delegates. So, although many people will arrive by plane, once in Holland we will do the best we can to green-up our footprints. For those delegates who still prefer a non-vegetarian option after day 1, we will offer the possibility to indicate this at our registration desk. If there are any dietary restrictions we should take into account, please indicate this on the form.

Language games

Of course, a conference is serious business and much of our time will be devoted to exchanging ideas on research and professional practice. But wouldn’t it be fun to get to know each other better during a game of ‘Story Cubes’, or eat lunch over a game of ‘Tell me’? We would like to invite all delegates to bring their (travel versions of) language games to the conference to play during breaks. What better way to train our language awareness?

Social programme

The social programme will take place on Friday evening and includes a canal boat tour through Amsterdam (with language-related details!) and dinner at Frenzi restaurant in the Amsterdam city centre. For those who would still like to participate but have not yet registered, you still have four more days to do so via the conference registration system. Registration for the social programme closes Sunday June 17th. If you somehow experience problems registering for the social programme, but would like to join, please  send us a message.

Please fill out this form so we can finetune the conference. Thank you!

Best wishes,

The ALA2018 local organizing committee