Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for presentations opened on Friday 24th May 2019 and closed on Sunday 13th October 2019. Applicants should fill in an online form, available from a link at the bottom of this page, stating which strand the presentation relates to, the presentation format, the language of the presentation, the title of the presentation (max. 20 words) and the abstract of the presentation (max. 300 words). Applicants should provide information and biodata about the presenters (max. 3 people except panel discussions max. 5 people). Abstracts for papers can be written in English, Spanish, French, Italian or German. 


 24 May 2019
 Call for Abstracts open
 30 September 2019
 Call for Abstracts close
 13 October 2019
 Call for Abstracts close (extended deadline)
 by 30 November 2019
 Notifications of acceptance
 31 January 2020
 Deadline for registration for presenters

Please note that if your abstract is accepted for presentation, all presenters must register and pay to attend the conference by 31 January 2020 or we cannot guarantee your space for presenting will remain open for you.

Conference Proceedings

Following the conference, accepted papers will be invited to submit an article for the conference proceedings, to be published online in autumn 2020. Further details will be available at a later date.

Presentation Formats:

Paper Presentation

15 minute session, plus 5 minute Q&A.

Paper presentations should report on theoretical or empirical research, ideally linked to practical application, and should offer innovative perspectives on one of the four conference strands. Paper presentations should be of a standard suitable for publication.

Poster Presentation

For display at the Conference; presenters will also be asked to stand with their posters during scheduled sessions.

Posters are an opportunity to present ongoing theoretical or empirical research which may still be at a pilot stage or not yet ready for publication, and are particularly appropriate for studies with a rich visual component or which can be easily represented as a graphic display. Posters can encourage fruitful one-to-one discussions with delegates who can provide useful feedback about the scope and potential of the research presented. Poster design and content guidelines will be provided when an abstract has been accepted.

Panel Sessions

A panel sessions allows a group (max. 5) of participants to present and debate issues relating to one of the Conference strands. Presentation and discussion may report on theoretical or empirical research, ideally linked to a practical application; and debate within the panel may discuss the application, implications or conclusions of the presentations. Audience involvement is also welcome. Panel sessions will last for approximately one hour. 

Panel sessions should ideally include participants from more than one organisation, representing different languages or situations. One participant should be nominated as the chair of the panel.


Workshops are more dynamic and interactive parts of the Conference programme, allowing delegates to learn new skills or techniques directly related to one of the Conference strands. They will last for approximately one hour.

New Researcher Presentation with Scholarship

We encourage new researchers, including postgraduate students, classroom teachers or school managers, policy makers and other educationalists, to submit an abstract on their research, suitable for either a paper presentation or a poster presentation. This is an opportunity to share your work within a supportive environment, and gain feedback from leading practitioners and experts attending the Conference. There are five scholarships available:

ALTE Full Scholarship (1 available), covering:

·         conference registration fee

·         up to three nights’ accommodation in Madrid

·         up to €300 travel expenses

·         up to €50 daily allowance for up to three days

ALTE Registration Scholarships (4 available), covering:

·         conference registration fee

Selection Committee

Anne Gallagher (NUI Maynooth), Bart Deygers (KU Leuven), Cecilie Carlsen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences), Emyr Davies (CBAC-WJEC), Vincent Folny (CIEP), Gabriele Kecker (Test-DaF), Jose Pascoal (CAPLE), Julia Todorinova (Sofia University), Kateřina  Vodičková (Charles University), Lorenzo Rocca (University of Perugia), Marta Garcia (University of Salamanca), Thomas Eckes (Test-DaF), Waldemar Martyniuk (Jagellonian University), Dina Vilcu (Babes-Bolyai University), Ina Ferbežar (University of Ljubljana), Cathy Taylor (Trinity College London), Jane Lloyd (Cambridge Assessment English), Stef Slembrouck (Ghent University), Michaela Perlmann-Balme (Goethe Institut), Ines Soria Pastor (Instituto Cervantes), Javier Fruns Gimenez (Instituto Cervantes). The selection process has been assisted by the ALTE Secretariat.

ALTE - the Association of Language Testers in Europe is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered in England, charity number 1184799.

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