SENSE 2018 Conference (9-10 June)

Englishes now!

Trends affecting language professionals


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The conference itself will start at 12:00 on Saturday, with registration and lunch. The afternoon's sessions will be followed by drinks and bites and a networking dinner. The conference will continue from 09:30 on Sunday. The morning sessions will be followed by an optional lunch and a sightseeing opportunity for conference delegates and their partners to discover the hidden treasures of ’s‑Hertogenbosch.

Before and after the conference there will be workshops, sightseeing options and more. Please return to this page to see the news!

The basic conference package will include the conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday, lunch, drinks and dinner on Saturday, and an overnight stay (with breakfast) in a single room in the conference hotel.

’sHertogenbosch or – easier to pronounce Den Bosch has been awarded the title of Most hospitable town in the Netherlands. It is time to make our own assessment!

To make sure we all can make the most of this professional development and networking opportunity, SENSE has organised four hours of sessions on Saturday afternoon followed by a networking dinner. After a good night’s sleep, we attend another four hours of sessions followed by a lunch to close the event itself.

For everyone who could handle the full marathon we will be organizing workshops and sightseeing options on Friday, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.


Friday 8 June 2018

Workshops and/or sightseeing to be announced.

Prices - see below.

Speakers to be announced.

Saturday 9 June 2018


Conference registration and hotel check-in


Buffet lunch


Conference sessions: keynote speaker and parallel sessions


Post-conference networking opportunity with drinks and snacks


3-course networking dinner with open bar and tea/coffee

Sunday 10 June 2018


Buffet breakfast in the hotel


Parallel sessions and keynote speaker


END of conference

OPTIONAL on Sunday 10 June 2018


Traditional Brabant ‘koffietafel’ lunch in the hotel


Sightseeing tour of ’s-Hertogenbosch

Call for proposals

Presenter IMG 8103We invite proposals that relate to the theme of the conference: trends affecting English-language professionals.

Whether you work in editing, translation, interpreting, copywriting, teaching or any other relevant field, don’t miss this opportunity to share your expertise with fellow professionals!

Priority will be given to presentations, panel discussions and workshops that express a clear take-home message and explain its relevance to our members. Presentations could describe promising practices, report research findings, demonstrate techniques, share experience with new technologies or provide knowledge updates. Please note that SENSE is a knowledge-sharing and peer-training network and encourages submissions from both seasoned and novice presenters with expertise to share.

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of 200 to 300 words and a short biography (150 words maximum) to by Wednesday, 29 November, clearly marking your message as a ‘Proposal for SENSE Englishes now! conference June 2018’. Please submit your proposal and biography as one document in Microsoft Word.

Your abstract should briefly describe the what, how, and why of your presentation and it should have an informative title. If you would like to discuss the suitability of your proposal before sending in your abstract, please feel free to contact John Linnegar at 

Presentations will take one of three forms:

  • TED-style talk: 10 minutes (no question time)
  • Short presentation: 30 minutes (including questions)
  • Long presentation: 60 minutes (including questions)

Please indicate the proposed length of your presentation.

We are also inviting proposals for workshops, to be held the day before the conference – Friday 8 June. The duration of the workshops will be 3 hours 15 minutes (including a short break).

The deadline for submitting your proposal and biography is Wednesday, 29 November 2017. You will be informed by 12 January 2018 whether your proposal has been accepted.

Download the presentation submission template here.

Download the workshop proposal template here.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

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Conference fees

Members and non-members will pay different fees to attend the conference (membership costs only €80 per year). Members of sister organisations will also be entitled to a discount. Last but not least, there's a special fee for those contributing to the conference. Registration will open at the beginning of January 2018. All fees shown include Saturday night at the conference hotel.

Early-bird fee* Contributor fee* Standard fee**
 SENSE members € 327.50 € 277.50 € 377.50
 Members of sister organisations € 367.50 € 317.50 € 417.50
 Non-members € 402.50 € 352.50 € 452.50

*    Registration and payment by 16 February 2018
**  Registration will close on 26 May 2018, or earlier if tickets are sold out.

What this fee includes:

  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Network drinks
  • Conference dinner
  • Saturday night in a single room at the conference hotel (type of room depends on availability, ask about other options) 
  • Conference sessions on Saturday & Sunday
 Guest package (Saturday lunch, networking drinks & dinner)   € 92.00
 Supplement for single use of double room   € 15.00
 Sunday lunch (Brabant ‘koffeetafel’)*   € 24.00

 *Sunday lunch not included in conference fee.

N.B. Prices exclude hotel tourist tax (€ 3.20 per person per night)


 © Images by photographer Michael Hartwigsen of SENSE’s inaugural conference, held in celebration of our 25th Jubilee, at Paushuize, Utrecht on 14 November 2015. All rights reserved.


2018 Conference

Englishes now!

trends affecting language professionals

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