DGFF Conference for Early Career Researchers 2024

Building Bridges - Perspectives and Potentials in Foreign Language Research


Date: 16 & 17 September 2024

Location: Paderborn University

Contact: dgffnt24[at]upb[dot]de

Call for Papers (see below for further information)

German: Download as [ pdf ] or [docx]

English: Download as [ pdf ] or [ docx]

>>> Submission [here] <<< (Possible limitations on 15.04.2024 due to technical work)

Registration form

Registration [here]. Registration is scheduled to open in April.

The conference offers academics in the field of second and foreign language research a platform to present their research projects and provides you with the opportunity to network and engage with expert researchers.

Presentation formats

1. Presentation with project discussion:

Within thematic strands, researchers will be able to present their work-in-progress projects and engage in extensive discussions. Expert researchers in the respective topic will lead panel sessions with concurrent segments (featuring 20-minute presentations followed by discussion). In this format, you can present data, research instruments and designs and receive valuable feedback.

2. Project consultations with experts in small groups:

Individual project consultations in small groups with experts are offered for doctoral students in the initial stages of a PhD project. In this early phase of your doctorate, you will receive suggestions and ideas on research approaches and methodological decisions.

German: Call for Papers as [pdf] or [docx].

Englisch: Call for papers as [pdf] or [docx].


We also explicitly invite doctoral candidates who have little presentation experience and whose projects are still in the early stages. One contribution per person can be submitted as lead author. Contributions can be submitted from 01 February 2024 to 30 April 2024 using the Indico registration and submission tool:

Submission via Indico [Link]

Please note that abstracts are limited to 300 words (excluding title and references). Please provide three to five keywords so that your contribution can be categorised thematically. We would also ask you to indicate a preference for which format (presentations or project consultations) you would like to submit your contribution. We will try our best to accommodate your preference accordingly.

++ Note on submission ++

To submit a contribution, you will be asked to log in using the Shibboleth procedure and your university account.
If this is not possible, please register with Indico first. Once you have successfully completed the registration process, you can log in with your details and continue.

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact us via e-mail (dgffnt24[at]upb[dot]de).

Preliminary programme

(as of 24 January 2024)

Day 1 (Monday, 16/09/2024)

From 10:30 am Registration
12:00 pm Opening of the conference
12:30 pm Keynote I
13:15 Keynote Coffee
14:00 Workshops
15:30 Break
16:00 Parallel Sections I / Project Consultations
19:00 Conference Dinner


Day 2 (Tuesday, 17 September 2024)

09:00 am Parallel sections II / project consultations
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Parallel sections III / project consultations
13:00 hrs Lunch break
14:00 hrs Keynote II
15:30 hrs Closing of the conference


For a pleasant stay, we have reserved a number of rooms in various hotels for you to choose from. You can call up the hotel of your choice via the websites (download below) and book with the keyword.

Hotel contingents (as of 7 February 2024) [pdf] [docx] [de]


By train:

The city of Paderborn is connected to the national rail network and is also easy to reach by public transport. Paderborn main station can be reached by regional train, IC and ICE trains. We recommend using the following bus routes when traveling by train or public transportation:

  • Line 4 (direction "Dahl")
  • Line 9 (direction "Kaukenberg")
  • Line 68 (direction "Schöne Aussicht")
  • University line (direction "Südring/Universität")

Please refer to the app and the Padersprinter website [link] [en] for exact departure times and timetable information.

By car:

Paderborn University is also easily accessible by car. From the possible highway exit (A33) you can follow the signs to Paderborn University. You can use the parking facilities available both in the city center and on campus.

By plane:

If you arrive by plane, there is a direct connection via the express bus line S60 of DB Ostwestfalen-Lippe-Bus between Paderborn main station and the terminal at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport (PAD). The S60 takes just 20 minutes to cover the route. The first bus in the morning departs from the airport at 06:19, the last bus leaves at 21:49, and the same applies to the return journey from Paderborn main station.

Dortmund Airport (DTM) offers a shuttle bus to "Holzwickede" station with a subsequent connection via Soest with the RB 59 and the RB 89 to Paderborn Central Station. Another connection would be from "Holzwickede" station via Hamm with the RB 7 and the RB 11 to Paderborn.

Hanover Airport (HAJ) provides a direct connection to Paderborn in around 2.5 hours via the S-Bahn line S5.

The organisation team:

  • Maike Bauer
  • Katharina von Elbwart
  • Julie Intveen
  • Thomas Janzen
  • Dagmar Keatinge
  • Christina Lennert
  • Leonie Schieffer
  • Madusha Sivanandan
  • Alexander Woitinas

Information on the processing of data for the registration and organization of the conference can be viewed here [pdf] oder [docx] [German].

English language versions can be viewed here [pdf] or [docx]. Please not that only the German versions are legally binding.