Supplementary Call for Abstracts

Following the postponement of the conference until April 2021, a supplementary call for abstracts opened on 1st July 2020 and closed on 30 September 2020. Applicants needed to fill in an online form, which had been 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. 

Abstracts are particularly welcome for the Ethics and Justice strand; poster presentations; and presentations delivered in Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Please note that there is no opportunity for additional scholarships at this time.

I already had a paper accepted for the 2020 conference. What should I do?

If your paper was accepted and confirmed for the 2020 conference, and you registered for the conference, you do not need to submit your abstract again. A place is guaranteed for you to present your paper. An email will be sent to you in August 2020 asking you to confirm your participation, as well as the presenters' names, title and abstract. You may modify these to take into account any subsequent research findings, etc., provided that the fundamental message of the abstract is unchanged. You should reply to this email by 15th November 2020. If you requested a refund for your conference attendance in 2020, but would still like to present at the 2021 conference, you should respond to the email by 15th November 2020 and register and pay for your place at the conference by 31 January 2021.

If your paper was accepted for the 2020 conference but you did not register for the 2020 event, or withdrew your participation before 1 March 2020, you will need to re-submit your abstract if you would like to be considered for presenting at the 2021 conference.

If you are unsure as to the status of your abstract, please contact the ALTE Secretariat.


Please note that the current global situation may mean that the following dates need to be changed. ALTE reserves the right to do this at any time. We are certainly hoping to see everyone in person in Madrid, however we are also planning for some remote delivery and attendance if necessary. More details about this will be given in due course.

 1 July 2020
 Supplementary Call for Abstracts open
 1 September 2020
 Registration for 2021 conference opens
 30 September 2020
 Supplementary Call for Abstracts closes
 15 November 2020
 Deadline for existing presenters to confirm
 by 1 December 2020
 Notification of acceptance of abstracts submitted in the supplementary call
 31 January 2021
 Deadline for all presenters to have registered and paid for conference  attendance.

Please note that if your abstract is accepted for presentation, all presenters must register and pay to attend the conference by 31 January 2021 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 2021. 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  (2020 applicants only; not available for 2021 conference)

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

Emyr Davies (CBAC-WJEC), Bart Deygers (Ghent University), Thomas Eckes (Test-DaF), Ina Ferbežar (University of Ljubljana), Vincent Folny (France Education International), Javier Fruns Gimenez (Instituto Cervantes), Anne Gallagher (NUI Maynooth), Marta Garcia (University of Salamanca), Cecilie Hamnes Carlsen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences),  Jane Lloyd (Cambridge Assessment English), Gabriele Kecker (Test-DaF), Waldemar Martyniuk (Jagellonian University), Barry O' Sullivan (British Council), Jose Pascoal (University of Macao),  Michaela Perlmann-Balme (Goethe Institut), Jim Purpura (Teachers College, Columbia University)Lorenzo Rocca (University of Perugia), Stef Slembrouck (Ghent University)  Ines Soria Pastor (Instituto Cervantes), Cathy Taylor (Trinity College London), Lynda Taylor (CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire), Julia Todorinova (Sofia University),  Piet Van Avermaet (Ghent University), Koen Van Gorp (Michigan State University) Dina Vilcu (Babes-Bolyai University), Kateřina  Vodičková (Charles University). 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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