• About

    Education for sustainable development (ESD) is a cross-cutting task for all subjects taught at schools (primary, secondary, tertiary). Thus, it also poses questions for language education and its contribution to the project of sustainable living and global citizenship.

    In light of such initiatives as the UN's Agenda 2030, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as UNESCO's ESD program, and strongly influenced by such concepts, theories, and perspectives as literary ecocriticism or ecolinguistics, there has been a growing body of work – both scholarly and in schools – dedicated to teaching and learning about, through, and for sustainability in the context of language education in recent years.

    Against this background and considering the inevitable launch of an Agenda 2050 with new opportunities for the framing of educational goals and foci, this conference aims at providing spaces for scholars and practitioners to discuss the unique contributions that language education, with its focus on literatures, cultures, and languages, can make towards the aspirational project of sustainability in all its dimensions. This includes the exploration of sustainability education from inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives with regards to theories, research, and practice in language education.

    Who this conference is for:

    The conference will be of interest to (foreign/second/additional) language education researchers and practitioners on all levels of education (primary/secondary/tertiary/...) as well as to applied linguists, socio-cultural researchers, literary scholars, policy makers, and many more with an interest in education for sustainable development, global citizenship, social justice, decolonial futures, human and children's rights and language education.

  • Call for Contributions & Abstract Submission

    Please find the Call for Contributions here.


    Abstract Submission

    Submission is open – we are looking forward to receiving your abstract!

    Submit your abstract via this link.

    Submission will close on Thursday, August 1st, 2024 (11:59pm, CET).

    Notifications of acceptance will be sent to all authors by Tuesday, October 1st, 2024.


    Abstract proposal types

    Each individual may submit a maximum of two proposals in total (e.g., 1 research paper + 1 symposium). For more information, see the Call for Contributions and below.

    There are four different proposal types:

    • Research paper presentation

    The presentation is based on completed or ongoing research related to the main theme and sub-themes of the conference.

    • Early-career spotlight

    The spotlight is based on completed or ongoing research related to the main theme and sub-themes of the conference conducted by early-career researchers (up to 6 years after completion of PhD). Early-career spotlights provide an excellent opportunity to tackle roadblocks with the combined expertise present at an international conference.

    • Out Now! spotlight

    Out now! spotlights provide an opportunity to feature the latest publications in the field of language education for sustainable development and related areas (up to 1 year old starting in March 2024).

    • Symposium

    A symposium is a 90-minute session entirely organized by the session proposer(s). The conference organisers will allocate the time slot and room for the session. A symposium is dedicated to a specific sub-topic or theme relating to the conference's main theme. The purpose of the symposium is to explore the proposed topic from different perspectives and to provide as much space for discussion as possible.

  • Registration

    Registration will open on Tuesday, October 1st, 2024.

    The registration form will be accessible via this website.


    Registration fees

    The registration fees for this conference are as follows:


    Registration information

    All conference participants (presenting and non-presenting) are required to register for the event.

    Registration fees are the same for presenting and non-presenting participants.

    The conference can offer no subsidies or waiver for the registration fees. There is also no funding for travel or accommodation available.

    The registration fee includes admission to all scientific events of the conference, conference materials, free Wi-Fi, and coffee/tea during breaks listed in the programme.

    The registration fee does not include the conference warming on Wednesday, March 24th, or the conference dinner on Thursday, March 25th, which will be subject to separate fees (amount t.b.a.).

  • Keynote Speakers

    We are delighted and grateful that these experts have agreed to enrich the conference with their perspectives:

  • Program

    More information will be published soon.

  • Conference Warming & Conference Dinner

    Conference Warming

    Following the opening keynote presentation on Monday, 24th March, we will have the chance to get to know each other over some food and drinks at the conference warming.
    More information on the location, time, and registration fee follow soon.


    Conference Dinner

    The conference dinner takes place on Tuesday, 25th March. More information on the location, time, and registration fee follow soon.


    Please note

    Participation in both events is optional. Both the conference warming and the conference dinner will be subject to separate fees. Registration for the events will open with the general registration for the conference.

  • Getting to Münster

    By train: The train station "Münster (Westf.) Hbf." can be reached via regional trains and long-distance trains (IC, ICE).
    >>More information on the DB Event Ticket will be published in late 2024.<<

    From the train station, you can reach the English Department by bus within 10 minutes (bus stop: "Aegidiimarkt"):

    • Line 1 (terminus „Roxel Hallenbad“)
    • Line 2 (terminus „Alte Sternwarte“)
    • Line 9 (terminus „Von Humboldt Straße“)
    • Line 10 (terminus „Waldweg“)
    • Line 11 (terminus „Dieckmannstraße“)
    • Line 12 (terminus „Rüschhausweg“)
    • Line 14 (terminus Zoo/Naturkundemuseum).

    Please note that there may be updates on the day of arrival / departure.

    By car: You can reach the English Department by car, however, since it is located in the city center, there might be high volume of traffic. Please pay special attention to bicycles in and around Münster!
    Coming from the highway (Autobahn A1 or A43), you may follow the directions towards the city center, Prinzipalmarkt, Domplatz or Schloss.


    • Parkhaus am Aegidiimarkt; Address: Aegidiimarkt 1-7 (directly opposite the English Department)
    • Domplatz 23a, 48143 Münster (approximately 3 min walking distance to the English department; open air parking)

    Each of these options allows parking for a fee. Free parking areas are very limited within the city of Münster – try your luck in the Aasee area, Bismarckallee and Adenauerallee for free parking. From there, the English Department is within a 10min walking distance.

    By plane: For visitors from afar, there are options to arrive by plane and then take transit transportation to Münster:

    • Frankfurt Airport (FRA); from here it takes you approximately 3h via trains to Münster.
    • Airport Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS); from here it takes you 3-4h via trains to Münster.
    • Airport Düsseldorf (DUS); from here it takes you approximately 2h via trains to Münster.
    • Airport Münster-Osnabrück (FMO), which offers flights to and from cities within Germany and its neighboring countries. There is a shuttle bus service to Münster Hauptbahnhof (train station), which runs every 30min and takes approximately 40-50min; cost: 8.10€. Taxis are available at higher cost. The first bus (S50) departs the airport at 5.54am, the last bus (R51) departs the aiprort at 8.34pm. Similar times are true for the way to the airport from the train station.
    • Airport Dortmund (DTM) features direct connections to the train station „Holzwickede/Dortmund Flughafen“ via shuttle bus service. From there, you can take the RE7 regional train to Münster.
    • Enschede Airport Twente (ENS) in the Netherlands; approximately 1h via train to Münster.
  • Accommodation

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to Münster! To faciliate your planning process, we will reserve limited contingents at a number of hotels in the city center.

    >> More information and a list of participating hotels will be published soon. <<

  • Restaurants in Münster

    The English Department is located right at the heart of Münster. As such, there is a great variety of dining options available to you within a 10min walking radius. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at almost every restaurant.

    Here's a (not at all exhaustive) list of tried and tested options:
    Sayf Kebab
    Vapiano (Königsstraße 51)

    All of these restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan options.

  • Sustainability Statement

    While we are very much looking forward to coming together in person for this event and enjoying all the significant benefits this brings, we also recognize that any academic conference has an environmental impact. We seek to reduce the impact of this event as much as possible within the limitations of hosting this international conference.

    As much as possible, we attempt to use digitized documents during the planning process to reduce the unnecessary use and waste of paper. This also expands to documents used throughout the conference proper. For instance, we keep the quantity of printed materials and documents at a minimum, and we reduce the printed program to its essentials (more details are available on this digital conference website).

    More measures will be taken as the conference date approaches, and this statement will be updated accordingly.

  • Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen

    We are excited to announce that our annual workshop afternoon specifically geared towards practitioners will be embedded in the international conference. Our 13th Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen will feature workshops on education for sustainable development in the context of foreign language classrooms at primary, secondary, and vocational schools. It takes place on Tuesday, 25th March, 2025. Please visit this website for more information.

    Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen is a separate event, and registration for the international conference does not include registration for Nachmittag der Fremdsprachen.