Call for proposals

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 13th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP). ALAPP 2023 will be hosted by the Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of Glasgow, 4-6 September 2023. The Post-ALAPP Masterclass is scheduled on 7 September 2023

ALAPP aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research and professional domains (e.g., business, organization studies, education, banking, health care, therapy, journalism, law, social care and welfare, immigration and border control, police work, translation and interpreting) to share ideas and discuss innovations and interventions. 

The proposal deadline is 28 February 2023 (NOW EXTENDED TO 27 March 2023). 

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for submission has now been extended to 27 March 2023.

ALAPP 2023 will feature the following plenary speakers:   

Professor Meg Gebhard, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA 

Professor Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow, UK 

Professor Alison Wray, Cardiff University, UK 

ALAPP 2023 is open to proposals that broadly fall within the scope of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice Studies. We welcome submissions on a wider range of themes, including: 

  • Language, communication and the professions 
  • Institutions and professions 
  • Expertise and professional practice 
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in professional contexts 
  • Multimodality in professional practice 
  • Professional practice, discourse and the new media 
  • Interpreting and translation in institutional/professional settings 
  • Language awareness and reflexivity in the professions 
  • Communication training for professionals 
  • Professional practice and communication in the age of globalization 
  • Research Methodologies 
  • Collaborative research across professional boundaries 
  • Challenges in communicating research findings 

We particularly welcome submissions on the following special themes:  

  • Caring professions  
  • Professional and pastoral care  
  • Ethics and professional practice 


Proposals include panels, individual presentations (oral or poster) and work-in-progress sessions.  

Please visit the Submission Form Website to upload your proposal.  The submission for proposals opens on 9th January 2023. 

For all submissions, clearly indicate: 

  • Abstract title, author names, and full institutional affiliations of the responsible 
    (presenting) author and collaborating authors. 
  • Contact e-mail address for the responsible author. 
  • Up to three conference themes (feel free to indicate themes beyond the list 


Panels should address a common theme, content or methodological area, and will be scheduled for 90 minutes or multiples of 90 minutes. A 90-minute panel usually includes  3 individual presentations.  

Panel organizers should submit a) an overview description of no more than 300 words highlighting the panel’s content and objectives, including 3-5 keywords; b) an abstract of no more than 250 words for each individual presentation within the panel. Also provide information about the panel members and the coordinator, including full institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses.  

Panel organizers should submit an overview description of no more than 300 words highlighting the panel’s content and objectives. They should also provide the names of the panel members as part of their submission. 

The panel organiser should include the individual abstracts as stated in the registration form (no more than 250 words). Choose “presentation as part of a panel” as presentation type, and indicate the name of the panel in the appropriate box. 


Proposals for individual papers (no more than 250 words) must clearly indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation, and should include 3-5 keywords. Following the peer review process, the organisers will determine whether a proposal is selected for oral or poster presentation. Poster presenters must be present to discuss their work during the dedicated sessions. Oral presentations will typically be scheduled in sessions of 90 minutes, with 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) allocated to each individual presentation.   


Proposals for work-in-progress should be no more than 250 words targeted at oral presentation, and should include 3-5 keywords. Individual presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (15 minutes for presentation + 15 minutes for discussion). This format is particularly suitable for early career researchers and for experienced researchers undertaking/planning pilot projects or interested in reporting preliminary results. Please choose “oral presentation” as presentation type and indicate in the appropriate box if your proposal falls into this category. 



All proposals, except panel proposals, undergo a double-blind peer-review process. The reviewers will have access to the names of panel coordinators and the panellists. 

Please note that the ALAPP conference policy is one main oral presentation per first-named author. You may choose to submit more than one proposal, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals may be presented as poster(s).  

There is no fixed template for writing proposals but authors are urged to attend to the following criteria which will form the basis for peer review: 

  • originality of the topic and its relevance to the conference 
  • background contextualisation of the study 
  • relationship between title and content 
  • structural organisation 
  • theoretical/methodological appropriateness 
  • clarity of claims and relevance 

Individual panels are reviewed in their entirety on the above criteria but also on the basis of their relevance to broader issues in communication, medicine, and ethics; the overall coherence of the proposal; and the usefulness of the panel to participants.  

Decisions about acceptance/rejection will be communicated by mid-April 2023. Following formal acceptance, the responsible (presenting) authors must register participation prior to the finalisation of the conference programme. Early registration opens in late-April  2023.


Please click here for information about University of Glasgow, and here to explore the beautiful city of Glasgow!   

For enquiries about abstract submission or other queries, please contact the Local Organising Committee:  

Twitter: @ALAPP2023 


We are delighted to confirm that this will be an in-person event – we look forward to seeing you in Glasgow!  

Local Organizing Committee: 

Tom Bartlett, Piotr Węgorowski, Angela Gayton, Domenico Di Rosa  

ALAPP Founding Advisor: 

Srikant Sarangi, Aalborg University / Cardiff University