Dear Colleague,


We are pleased to announce that the Third Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars (SMYS) organised by the Institute of English, University of Silesia and the Second Young Researchers' International Symposium on Multilingualism (YRISM) co-organised with the International Association of Multilingualism will be held on 16-18 November 2017 in Szczyrk.


This time, we as organisers of SMYS have decided to invite young scholars who work in multilingualism to join us in this event, which aims both to promote and facilitate the research work of young scholars by meeting with more experienced researchers eager to share their experiences and expertise. Both SMYS and YRISM were successful in their previous gatherings (Szczyrk (2013, 2014) and Donostia/San Sebastian (2016) respectively), so we have decided to join forces. Since the forms of the previous events were slightly different, we would like to preserve this distinction. We think that it will be a worthwhile experience for both groups of young researchers to participate in this dual formula meeting/symposium. The information below gives details of SMYS’s and YRISM’s ways of structuring the event.


SMYS participant information


The organisers of SMYS wish to encourage PhD candidates to present their contributions as well as to participate without a paper in the workshops and discussions. With this Conference, we would like to promote research projects of young linguists at the beginning of their career as well as to help younger and less experienced scholars with their theses. Therefore, we would like to invite all PhD candidates who share an interest in linguistics and its sub-fields to attend. As the Conference will cover a variety of themes, we hope to attract young researchers investigating in the fields of applied linguistics, translation studies and psycholinguistics. All those wishing to contribute papers or just to attend workshops are welcome to participate in the Conference.


The following thematic Ph.D. workshops will be chaired and facilitated by:


Linguistics: Piotr Mamet, Adam Wojtaszek


Translation: Andrzej Łyda, Krystyna Warchał


Applied linguistics/SLA/Teacher training: Danuta Gabryś-Barker, Mirosław Pawlak, Maria Wysocka


Multlingualism: Jean-Marc Dewaele, Danuta Gabryś-Barker, Pilar Safont


To take part in these sessions, please send a 300-word description of your thesis proposal, which will then be presented by you (20 minutes) and discussed with the facilitators and other PhD students during the workshop.


Paper abstracts (300 words) with a title SMYS 2017 should be sent by 30th JUNE 2017 to our e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


YRISM participant information


As took place during the first symposium in Donostia in 2016 (DISM), we would like to follow the idea put into practice by Prof. Jasone Cenoz. This symposium will bring together young scholars (PhD candidates and those having defended their PhD in the last 5 years) who work on multilingualism from different perspectives: e.g. cognitive, linguistic, sociolinguistic or educational. Young researchers working on projects that focus on multilingualism will have a chance to present their ideas in a less traditional format than is in the case with SMYS. Senior scholars can also attend the symposium, as co-authors of the work presented by young researchers.


To take part in these sessions, please send a 300-word abstract including your project/research study. Participants will have a chance to introduce their projects in a 5-minutes slot to other participants and facilitators. This presentation will be followed by a poster presentation session, in which each individual participant will have a chance to talk to different facilitators, experienced researchers in multilingualism and members of the IAM Board (and more).


Poster abstracts (300 words) should be sent bearing a reference to YRISM 2017 by 30th JUNE 2017 to our e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Open workshops for all the participants


There will also be workshops and sessions for both SMYS and YRISM participants:

  1. Editorial workshops:


Workshop 1: Danuta Gabryś-Barker (Guidelines on academic paper submissions)


Workshop 2: Jean-Marc Dewaele, Miroslaw Pawlak, Adam Wojtaszek - Q & A session


  1. Academic writing workshop: Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska

  2. Academic presentations: Anthony Barker


TO AVOID CONFUSION, here is an outline of the event structure:


  • SMYS sections: linguistics, translation, applied linguistics/SLA/EFL teacher training, multilingualism in individual sessions with facilitators (20 mins presentation) & discussion, 300 words abstracts


  • YRISM: Multilingualism presentations (5 mins) & poster sessions, posters for exhibition in the exhibition room, 300 words abstracts


  • Open events for all participants:


  • editorial workshops

  • linguistic analysis workshop

  • academic writing workshop

  • academic presentations workshop




The event will be held in Szczyrk, a resort town in the Beskidy Mountains of Southern Poland, from 16th to 18th November 2017 (arrival on Wednesday, 15th November). The conference venue will be the Hotel META. All conference participants will be accommodated there.




The registration form, including the paper abstract, should be sent as an attachment to an e-mail. Additionally, to facilitate the procedure of building the conference database, all participants are kindly asked to type their entry details into an Excel document (baza2017.xls), filling in all the columns in the second row below the blue headings, and send it back as a separate attachment, changing its name to SurnameName.xls (in Excel 2003 format). Both documents necessary for registration can be downloaded from our webpage at





The conference fee: PLN 1000 (€260, US$ 280) for those who wish to stay in a double room and PLN 1200 (€310, US$ 330) for the participants who prefer to use single rooms. The rooms will be distributed on the first paid – first served basis. The fee covers almost all participation costs, including the accommodation, conference materials, the meals and the cost of subsequent publication.




The additional fees are:


 Shuttle bus: 25 PLN/ 6 euro (a single journey), 50 PLN/12 euros (a return journey) - to be transferred together with the conference fee


 The fee must be paid not later than 10th October 2017 to our conference account at the University of Silesia, the account number is: 74 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7909, the beneficiary: Uniwersytet Slaski w Katowicach, ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice, Poland, the title of the payment: SMYS + your name. The swift code of the bank is INGBPLPW. For payments from abroad it is customary to extend the IBAN number by PL added in front of the account number. It is very important that you mark the payment with the sub-account name ICFSLA and your name, because otherwise the financial department will not know where to allocate the money and we will not have your name on the list of those who have paid.


To ensure that the money transfer is properly registered, please e-mail us a scan of the payment document, or its electronic version in PDF/JPEG. All the money transfer costs and bank charges must be paid by the participant.




IMPORTANT: Everyone who wishes to receive an invoice (Faktura VAT) issued to the home institution should make sure that the money is transferred by the institution, and not from a private bank account of the participant. It is a policy of our financial department not to issue the bills to a different person/institution than the one who actually made the payment. If, for some reason, it is impossible for the university to transfer the money for conference participation and the staff members are asked to make the payments by themselves, we suggest that in order to ensure that the bill will be issued to the sending institution the transfer should be made by a postal order with the name of the institution as the payer. Bank transfers from private accounts will always be treated as paid by the account holders. If the fee is paid at the conference desk in cash, there is no problem with issuing the bill to the university.


There will be an opportunity to apply for a grant sponsored by the International Association of Multilingualism to participate in the symposium. More information on this will also be provided in the Second Circular (JULY 2017)


Important dates for both SMYS & YRISM participants:


Submission deadline for proposals: 30th June 2017

 Notification of acceptance: 15th July 2017.

 Registration deadline: 31st July 2017


SMYS & YRISM symposium: 16th -18th November 2017


There will be a limited number of participation places available, so please, apply sooner rather than later!


The Organising Committee

Prof. Danuta Gabryś-Barker (University of Silesia)


Prof. Pilar Safont (University Jaume I, Castelló)


Prof. Adam Wojtaszek (University of Silesia)


Dr Dagmara Gałajda (University of Silesia)


Dr Paweł Zakrajewski (University of Silesia)


Dr Aleksandra Szymańska-Tworek (University of Silesia)


Ms Ingrid Bello-Rodzeń (University of Silesia)



The Scientific Committee


Jasone Cenoz (University of the Basque Country)


Jean-Marc Dewaele (University of London)


Britta Hufeisen (Darmstadt Technical University)


Andrzej Łyda (University of Silesia)


Piotr Mamet (Silesian University of Technology, Poland)



Mirosław Pawlak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Konin)


Jorge Pinto (University of Lisbon)


Joaquim Schlabach (University of Turku)


Anat Stavans (Beit Berl Academic College)


Eva Vetter (University of Vienna)


Krystyna Warchał (University of Silesia)


Maria Wysocka (University of Silesia)




 Should you need any clarification concerning conference-related matters, please contact the Conference Organisers at the following address:



 Institute of English, University of Silesia

 ul. Gen. Grota-Roweckiego 5

 41-205 Sosnowiec


 tel: (48 32) 3640892

 fax: (48 32) 3640809

 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.