T.W.I.S.T. Conference 2020

14th Student's Conference in Linguistics

Leiden University

April 17 - 18

Lost in Language

What is the T.W.I.S.T. Conference?

The T.W.I.S.T. Conference is organized annually by T.W.I.S.T., the study association for Linguistics students at Leiden University. Each year, the conference provides a truly academic yet open and informal platform for undergraduate (BA), graduate (MA) and postgraduate (PhD) students to present their original research to fellow students and researchers from all over The Netherlands and abroad. The conference is held for two days, each day starting and ending with an hour-long keynote lecture by an expert in their field of study.

Through many engaging student talks, workshops and an interactive quiz, we strive to bring together students interested in language from the most diverse research fields and subdisciplines.

This year's conference revolves around the theme 'Lost in Language', about how studying language is all about getting lost and being absorbed in language, in all its mysteries and secrets.

Where do I sign up as a speaker?

You can submit your abstract using this form. The deadline for submissions is January 30th. By submitting your abstract, you can be one of the 22 student speakers that make up the conference. We accept submission from BA, MA, and PhD students who can present their research in a 20-minute talk.

Speaking at the conference will give you the chance to polish your presentation skills, and you might gain new insights in your own work through questions from the audience. Attending the conference as a speaker will grant you free entrance on the day you are speaking and will allow you join the Speakers' Dinner where you can get to know students from other universities and exchange your thoughts.

Check out our Call for Abstracts poster here.

Does the organization cover the visa fee or travel costs for student speakers?

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to do that. Any fees regarding visa, transport or lodging are to be financed by the student speakers themselves.

We do offer a couchsurfing service instead, for which you can sign up when you fill out the Registration form.

How do I register for the Conference?

Registration will open on March 1st. Register online for a reduced price until April 10th. You can get a one-day ticket for € 6 or a two-day ticket for € 10. No worries, if you miss the opportunity to buy your ticket online, you can always show up at the conference and register on-site.

When is the Conference held?

The 2020 Conference is held on April 17th (Fri) and April 18th (Sat). On-site registration is open from 9:00 on these days. The first keynote lecture starts at 10:00. The last lecture finishes at 17:00.

The schedule will be made available on March 1st.

Will there be a free lunch at the Conference?

Yes! On both days, fresh sandwiches, fruit and drinks are available during the lunch break in the main hall. There will be plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Coffee, tea and snacks are available throughout the day.

Lunch and drinks are included in your ticket.

Where is the Conference held?

The Conference is held in the LUMC building, which is Leiden's university hospital. The Conference committee will welcome you at the desk on route 554. On both days, the first lecture will take place in room CZ-5 on route 558.

Address: Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA Leiden

The LUMC building is a 4-minute walk from the Leiden Central train station.

Got a question?

Don't hesitate to send us an email at conference@studieverenigingtwist.nl.

Also check out our Instagram and Facebook.

Who organizes the Conference?

The conference is organized by the Conference Committee of Studievereniging T.W.I.S.T., the study association for Linguistics at Leiden University. Meet the committee members here.

Where can I see the schedule?

The schedule will be published in February. Please check back here to see the schedule.

Where can I see the poster?

Posters promoting the conference can be seen around the Lipsius building in Leiden, but also at other Universities' linguistics departments such as Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Groningen.

You can check them out online here.