19th AILA World Congress 2021: Virtual basis, additional hybrid layer if possible

August 15–21, 2021

University of Groningen, Netherlands




The organizing team really hopes that by August 2021 a partly face-to-face event will be possible, but this might still not be the case, and definitely not for all participants. Thus, the AILA 2021 World Congress will be based on a fully virtual event, allowing for hybrid attendance if possible:

  • A fully virtual basis: we are working on the e-platform now and details will be sent to the participants soon.
  • A truly hybrid additional layer: If the pandemic is under control and large on-site events can be held in a safe and relaxing way, the virtual platform will remain and will be fully integrated into the live event, so the participants (including featured speakers and symposium organizers) can decide for themselves to attend live or virtually.


Before March 1st, AILA will make the final decision, based on whether (or not) all COVID-19 restrictions in Europe will have been lifted. In both cases, the AILA 2021 organizing team will stick to the program schedule as presented on the website and leave the symposium organizers in charge of their own program (order of presentations and number of minutes allocated to each speaker).

Because of the new structure, registration fees were lowered considerably. The new fees take into account that organizing a virtual event of this size also brings new challenges and costs. We hope that the fact that virtual attendance reduces costs (e.g., no accommodation and travel costs) allows many AILA members to attend.  After the conference AILA will make a selection of presentations accessible to the wider public for free.


Important dates:

December 8th: Registration opens

February 15th: Deadline registration presenters / early bird

March 1st: Information on hybrid / fully virtual conference