International Symposium on Bilingualism

ISB14 will take place on 26-30 June 2023

Hosted by Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Hybrid Conference

International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB) is a biennial conference on a wide range of issues concerning bi/multilingualism. Since its inaugural conference in 1997 at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, ISB has become the most significant conference in the field of bi/multilingualism. ISB has a strong focus on showcasing multidisciplinary research with a representation from a range of disciplines at every conference, including education, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology and sociology. The aim of ISB is to bring together bi/multilingualism researchers from all around the globe to advance the theoretical and applied research in bi/multilingualism, and to support bi/multilingualism practices in the community.

The conference theme of ISB14 is Diversity Now

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the period between 2022 and 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages to draw attention to the critical status of many Indigenous languages across the world and encourage action for their preservation, revitalisation, and promotion. As we move into this decade, ISB14 encourages work especially involving lesser studied bilingual communities and interdisciplinary work to tackle bilingualism across the life-span, cultures and societies.

Produced by Thomas Benson and Lee Murphy as part of the Macquarie University Professional and Community Engagement program

Australian Indigenous Languages day:

In service to the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, IBS14 will focus on collaborative work with Australian Indigenous communities on various Indigenous languages and issues. The Australian Indigenous Languages day will be chaired by Isabel O'Keeffe (National Acoustics Laboratory). Details on the special sessions throughout the day will be confirmed soon.


  • Christos Pliatsikas, Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, School of Psychological and Clinical Language Science, University of Reading

  • Ingrid Piller, Centre for Workforce Futures, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

  • Kevin Kien Hoa Chung, Department of Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong

  • Kilian Seeber, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Geneva

  • Leher Singh, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore

  • Ofelia García, Urban Education and Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures, City University of New York

  • Sharynne McLeod, School of Education, Charles Sturt University

Workshops (details to be confirmed):

Key Dates

Call for symposia closed on 1 September 2022

Call for individual papers and posters closed on 30 November 2022

Call for ECR Keynote speakers closed on 31 January 2023

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 28 February 2023

Early Bird Registration will open in early February

Regular registration will open on 1 May 2023

For general enquiries about the conference please email the Organisational Committee at For enquiries regarding the academic content of the proposals please email the ISB14 Scientific Committee via

Our Sponsors

Our Gold sponsor, National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), is the national standards and certifying authority for translators and interpreters in Australia

Our Bronze sponsor, Conversa Training, is Australia's best professional development platform

The website is currently being updated. Information about the keynote presentations, workshops and registration information will be updated as soon as they are confirmed. Please get in touch with the organisation committee by emailing or by our social media account, if you have any questions about the conference.