Personal tools
You are here: Home Conferences Cavtat 2021

18th EFNIL Conference, Cavtat


 For all practical information and latest updates check out



The Role of National Language Institutions in the Digital Age


Wednesday 6 October

14.00 – 16.00 Arrival of delegation members – registration – coffee/tea and lunch

16.00 – 17.30 General Assembly for EFNIL members (Part 1)

Social Program

18.00 – 19.00 Organized Cavtat sightseeing

19.30 Welcome reception – Hotel Croatia, Cavtat

Thursday 7 October

Conference room Bobara, Hotel Croatia, Cavtat


09.00-09.30 Registration

09.30 – 10.40 Opening session

09.30 – 10.10 Welcome address by 

Željko Jozić, Director of the Institute of the Croatian Language and Linguistics, Local organizer

Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia

Radovan Fuchs, Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia

Filip Majcen, Director, DG Interpretation

Johan Van Hoorde, President of EFNIL: introduction to the conference

10.10 – 10.40 Philippe Gelin: A Language Data Space for Europe: from vision to implementation. (slides)


10.40 – 11.00 Coffee break


11.00 – 12.50 Thematic session 1: Language Resources and technologies

11.00 – 11.35 Marko Tadić: Current pan-European Language Technologies initiatives: an opportunity for low-resourced languages (slides)


11.35 – 11.50 Frieda Steurs: The Dutch language: research and policy in the digital age (slides)

11.50 – 12.05 Rickard Domeij: National infrastructure for the languages of Sweden – past, present and future (slides)

12.05 – 12.20 Dr. Anželika Gaidienė: Lithuanian Language Technology Landscape: from documents till language technologies (slides)

12:20 – 12:35 Kozma Ahačič: Toward a comprehensive service for Slovenian language users: the Fran and Franček web portals and language-counselling service (slides)

12.35 – 12.50 General discussion

Moderation: Tamás Váradi, Ludwig Eichinger

12.50 – 13.45 Lunch break

13.45 – 15.30 Thematic session 2: The political role of national language institutions

13.45 – 14.20 Prof. Trond Trosterud: Normative language work in the age of machine learning (slides)

14.20 – 14.35 Prof. Neasa Ní Chiaráin: Digital Plan for Irish (slides)

14.35 – 14.50 Isabella Tamba: The role of the Institutes of the Romanian Academy in the digitisation process of the linguistic research (slides)

14.50 – 15.05 Prof. Marek Łaziński, Polish language resources and their role in the description of the language change and establishing the new norm (slides)

15.05 – 15.30 General discussion

Moderation: Júlia Choleva, Ase Wetas

15.30 – 15.55 Coffee break

15.55 – 17.30 Thematic session 3: Language research and language planning in relation to research and industrial development

15.55 – 16.40 Hans Uszkoreit, Feiyu Xu: Demand for NLP Applications in the Enterprise World with special attention to linguistic diversity and to latest developments such as the impact of very large language models (slides) (first half) (second half)

16.40 – 16.55 Andreas Witt: The Future is now. The Digital Transformation in the German Linguistics Community and the Key Role of the Leibniz Institute for the German Language (slides)

16.55 – 17.10 Moritz Sommet: The digital language research landscape in multilingual Switzerland (slides)

17.10 – 17.30 General discussion

Moderation: Sabine Kirchmeier, Johan Van Hoorde


Social Program


18.00  – 19.00 Cavtat – Dubrovnik boat ride

19.00  – 20.00 Dubrovnik sightseeing

20.00 – 20.40 Visit to a 16th-century Sponza Palace:

Address by Mato Franković, Mayor of Dubrovnik

Address by Johan Van Hoorde, President of EFNIL

Classical music concert: Dubrovnik String Quartet

20.45 Conference dinner at Gradska kavana Arsenal Restaurant in Dubrovnik



Friday 8 October

09.00 – 10.45 European Language Equality

09.00 – 09.30 Andy Way: The European Language Equality Project (slides)

09.30 – 10.00 Per Langgård: How to struggle for a digital future - the case of Greenlandic (slides)

10.00 – 10.45 Panel discussion

Marko Tadic, Philippe Gelin, Hans Uszkoreit, Rickard Domeij, Feiyu Xu, Sabine Kirchmeier, Frieda Steurs

Moderation: Kristina Despot, Zeljko Jozic

Announcement of Forum "Innovation, Technologies and Plurilingualism", organised by the French presidency of the EU, Ms. C.-L. Chambron, DGLFLF

10.55 – 11.20 Coffee/tea break

11.20 – 13.00 Master Thesis Award winners

11.20 – 11.30 Sabine Kirchmeier: Introduction of the MTA

11.30 – 11.55 Agnes Kim: Language and Society in Change. A Historical-Sociolinguistic Investigation Using the Example of the Marchfeld (Lower Austria) in the Early 20th Century (slides)

11.55 – 12.20 Pia Nilsson: Language in the Museum. An investigation of the views held by the public and by language experts on a Swedish language museum (slides)

12.20 – 12.45 Anne-Mieke Thieme: Multilingual The Hague: Municipal language policy, politics, and practice (slides)

12.45 – 12.55 Sabine Kirchmeier: Delivering the certificates

Moderation: Sabine Kirchmeier, Ase Wetas


12.55 – 13.40 General Assembly for EFNIL members (Part 2 Election of a new Executive Committee) followed by coffee/tea and lunch. 

(For delegates that have to leave before the end there will be a packed lunch available.) 

Document Actions