International Association of Multilingualism


Donostia Young Researchers International Symposium on Multilingualism 2016

DISM 2016

3-4 March, 2016

Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)

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This symposium will bring together young scholars who work on multilingualism from different perspectives: cognitive, linguistic, sociolinguistic or educational.  It is organized by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) Donostia Research of Education and Multilingualism (DREAM) in collaboration with the Department of Research Methods in Education (MIDE).

DISM 2016 is an activity of the AILA Research Network on Multilingualism and the International Association of Multilingualism


The conference will be held at the Centro Carlos Santamaría of the Campus of Gipuzkoa of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU

Address: Plaza Elhuyar, 2,  Donostia-San Sebastián. Tel.: 943 018873 Google Maps


Tradition and modernity go hand in hand in this small-big city. Donostia-San Sebastian is the world capital of the pintxo. Gastronomy rivals nature as the most attractive feature of this city. The beauty of its bay, situated in a natural amphitheatre facing the sea and protected by mountains; its quality of life, and its famous gastronomy have turned it into a world-class tourist destination.

LINKS: Tourist Guide 

Donostia-San Sebastian tourism office

Donostia-San Sebastian video

Donostia-San Sebastian is European Capital of Culture 2016

WEATHER. Donostia-San Sebastian is located at the Atlantic coast so it does not have the Mediterranean climate of the south of Spain. In March, the time of the DISM 2016 colloquium, temperatures begin to increase as spring arrives, although there is still a high probability of some rain. Average day temperature is 15ºC, and average at night is 7ºC.

LANGUAGES. Spanish and Basque are co-official languages in the Basque Country. English is widely spoken, especially by the younger generation. Due to the proximity of France, French is also spoken in many shops.

SHOPS are usually open from 10.00 h to 13.00 h, and from 16.30 h to 20.00 h. Some larger shops in the city centre are open from 10.00 h to 20.00h.


The symposium will start on March 3 at 9.00 a.m. and finish on March 4 at 14.00 p.m

Please find below a detailed version of the program:

DISM2016 programa3-4March V3.pdf

Registration will be open from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Wednesday 2nd at the Carlos Santamaria building of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU ( Plaza Elhuyar, 2,  Donostia-San Sebastián 20018)


How to arrive to Donostia-San Sebastian

By airplane

BILBAO Airport (Please notice that Loiu is the name of Bilbao airport)

07:45 to 23:45 every 60 minutes

The bus stop can be found at the exit of the airport, on your right hand. At the airport, the bus tickets must be bought on board in the bus. 


05:00 to 21:00 every 60 minutes.

In San Sebastián, tickets are sold at the PESA - office at the bus station (not on board).

Price €16,50 each way 

DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN airport is the closest to the city, but has only has direct connections to Madrid and Barcelona.

BIARRITZ airport at 40 km distance with a direct bus service to Donostia-San Sebastian could be interesting in some cases (connections to Brussels Dublin, Geneva, London, Lyon, Manchester, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Strasbourg (some only in the Summer).

From the bus station to the university area (Olarain, NH Collection Aranzazu):

Bus Line 45 ATOTXA - ANTIGUO Every 20 minutes

Taxi: A taxi will be about 8-9 euros

By train or bus

Trains and buses run daily from the main cities in Spain such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Santander, and Burgos. Furthermore, there is a TGV service from Paris to Hendaye, from where is easy to take a regional train directly to the city of Donostia-San Sebastian.

How to move around Donostia-San Sebastian

The preferred mode of moving around in the city is by foot because distances are small.

Local buses

Routes are concentrated in the downtown area, and the buses are frequent, clean, and efficient.

  • The price for each bus journey per person is €1.65
  • Timetables and maps are posted at all bus stops.


Taxi transfer from most neighbourhoods to the city centre costs between 8€ and 18€. Taxi stands are distributed all over the city, or you can call a taxi from a specific address.

Radio Taxi Donosti, tel (+34) 943 46 46 46
Vallina, tel (+34) 943 40 40 40

San Sebastian Card

Allows you to access public transport and enjoy discounts in museums, restaurants and shops. Buy it at the Tourism Office (in the Boulevard, city centre).

  • SanSebastiánCard: valid 3 days: 6 bus journeys. 9€
  • San SebastiánCard2: valid 5 days: 12 bus journeys + guided tour. 16€


Donostia San Sebastian is one of the most popular cities of Northern Spain, so we recommend to book your hotel as soon as possible.

For accommodation options you can check the accommodation official website of Donostia San Sebastián Tourism ( or

We recommend Hostel Olarain ( and Hotel NH Aranzazu (, which are the closest from the University.


Abstract deadline: November 1, 2015

Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2015

Early registration deadline: February 1, 2016

Contact address:


Scientific committee:

Raphael Berthele. University of Fribourg/Freiburg, Switzerland

Jasone Cenoz. University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Spain

Jean Marc Dewaele. Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

Gessica De Angelis. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Suzanne Flynn. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

Danuta Gabrys-Barker. University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland

Britta Hufeisen. Darmstadt Technical University, Germany

Johannes Müller-Lancé. University of Mannheim, Germany

Mª Pilar Safont, University Jaume I in Castelló, Spain

Local organizing committee:

Jokin Aiestaran

Elizabet Arocena

Jasone Cenoz

Xabier Etxague

Durk Gorter

Oihana Leonet

Maria Orcasitas

Alaitz Santos

Eider Saragueta

Karin van der Worp

Members of the Donostia Research Group on Education and Multilingualism (DREAM), UPV/EHU 


The University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU

The International Association of Multilingualism


The registration fee is 75 euros and includes coffee breaks and lunch during the symposium. Please note that inclusion in the final program is contingent upon registration for the conference by Friday, January 15, at the very latest.

Please see download the registration form.


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