This conference is hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 24th - 27th June 2024

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forensic and legal linguistics

Programme below

Plenary speakers:

  • Dr Emily Chiang, Aston University
  • Prof Eithne Quinn, University of Manchester
  • Prof Dr Heidi Salaets, KU Leuven, Belgium 
MONDAY 24 JUNE
11:00-13:00Social Programme (optional)
13:00-14:00Lunch (please make your own arrangements)
14:00-15:00PhD Students Meet and Greet
15:00-15:30Registration & Coffee
15:30-15:45Conference Opening
15:45-16:45Plenary 1: Dr Emily Chiang 
16:45-17:00Welcome from the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the College of Business and Social Sciences
17:00-19:00Drinks Reception at West Midlands Police Museum
TUESDAY 25 JUNE
09:00-09:30Registration & Coffee
09:30-10:30Plenary 2: Prof Eithne Quinn
10:30-11:00Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:00-13:00Parallel Sessions
13:00-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-15:30Parallel Sessions
15:30-16:00Coffee Break and Poster Session
16:00-17:30Parallel Sessions
17:40-18:40Remembering Prof Larry Solan
WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE
08:45-09:15Registration & Coffee
09:15-10:30Memorial Session dedicated to Dr Márton Petykó
10:30-11:00Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:00-13:00Parallel Sessions
13:00-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-15:30Parallel Sessions
15:30-16:00Coffee Break and Poster Session
16:00-17:30Parallel Sessions
19:00:22:00Conference Dinner: ASHA'S Birmingham (please book your attendance here)
THURSDAY 27 JUNE
09:00-09:30Registration & Coffee
09:30-10:30Plenary 3: Prof Heidi Salaets 
10:30-11:00Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:00-13:00Parallel Sessions
13:00-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-15:30Parallel Sessions
15:30-16:00Coffee Break and Poster Session
16:00-16:30Respondent: Prof Janet Ainsworth
16:30-16:45Conference Closing

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Key Dates
Travel/Visa

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for short trips without needing a visa; however, note that national ID cards are no longer accepted for travel and delegates will need to bring a valid passport to cross the border. Citizens of Australia, Canada, USA, and New Zealand do not need a visa to enter the UK but may be subject to questioning at the UK border about their intended activities. Citizens of China, South Africa, and the Philippines require a Standard Visitor visa (£100). Delegates can check their entry requirements at the gov.uk website.

Airport Transfer & Public Transport

Delegates landing at Birmingham Airport (BHX):
Public transport: The free Air Rail Link connects the airport to ‘Birmingham International’ train station, which has regular connections to Birmingham New Street station in the city centre. A ticket can be purchased at Birmingham International train station and costs approx. £4.50; the journey takes 10-20 mins depending on the train company. 
Taxis / Ubers: Available at the airport; the 15 mile journey from Birmingham International Airport to Birmingham city centre takes approx. 30 minutes. 


Delegates landing into London Heathrow (LHR):
Public transport: Quickest connection is the Heathrow Express train to Paddington station (15mins, between £6-£25 one way, book in advance online for cheapest fares: https://www.heathrowexpress.com), then London Underground to Marylebone (for connections to Birmingham Moor Street station) or London Euston (for connections to Birmingham New Street). Check www.trainline.com for tickets.
Cheaper option is London Underground Piccadilly Line from Heathrow Airport to central London (approx. 1h); then change for Marylebone or Euston stations for connections to Birmingham.
Note that contactless credit/debit cards can be used on the London Underground to tap in and tap out
Cars: rental cars are available at London Heathrow; the 120 mile journey to Birmingham takes approx. 2h 15mins. 


Delegates landing into other London airports: 
Gatwick (LGW): Gatwick Express to London Victoria (30 mins, approx. £20 one way), then London Underground to Marylebone or Euston stations for connections to Birmingham
London City Airport (LCY): DLR to Bank station, then London Underground to Marylebone or Euston stations for connections to Birmingham. DLR also accepts contactless credit/debit cards to tap in and tap out
Stanstead (STN): Direct trains from Stansted Airport to Birmingham New Street (3h 10mins, check www.trainline.com for ticket prices) 


Delegates landing into Manchester Airport (MAN):
Public transport: Train to Birmingham New Street via Manchester Piccadilly Station (2h, check www.trainline.com for ticket prices) 
Cars: rental cars are available at Manchester Airport; the 80 mile journey to Birmingham takes approx. 1h 30mins.
The UK also has a comprehensive bus/coach network with cheap options for airport transfers. Check out National Express (www.nationalexpress.com) and Megabus (www.megabus.com) for offers.
 

 

Aston University is located in Birmingham city centre, which is by-and-large walkable and has a decent tram and bus network. All trams and most buses are wheelchair accessible, and accessible taxis and Ubers are also available. Aston University’s campus and Conference Aston are accessible, and the university’s dedicated Enabling Team is able to provide additional assistance.

Accommodation

Birmingham city centre offers plenty of hotels within a 15-minute walk from campus.

On-campus accommodation
These are en-suite rooms in 7- or 8-bedroom cluster flats with shared kitchen/dining/lounge facilities. £34.20 per person per night with a minimum stay of two consecutive nights. Address: 50 Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XJ. Please note that these cannot be booked anymore.


Hotels:
Conference Aston Hotel (on Aston University Campus), approx. £125 per night (breakfast incl)
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Snow Hill (St Chad’s Queensway, 0.5 miles from Aston campus), approx. £78 per night
Briar Rose Weatherspoon (Bennetts Hill, 0.8 miles from Aston campus), approx. £85 per night
easyHotel Birmingham (John Bright Street, 1 mile from Aston campus), approx. £54 per night
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre (Smallbrook Queensway, 1 mile from Aston campus), approx. £110 per night
Bloc Hotel Birmingham (Caroline Street, 1 mile from Aston campus), approx. £80 per night
 

Conference Fees
 Concession* Early Bird**Non-concession Early BirdConcession (from 1 March)Non-concession (from 1 March)
Members£150£250£250£350
 Concession Early BirdNon-concession Early BirdConcession (from 1 March)Non-concession (from 1 March)
Non-Members£210£350£310£450

The fee includes attendance for all three days, including two daily coffee breaks and lunch, as well as a certificate of participation (upon request). The fee does not include travel, accommodation, and conference dinner.

*Concession tickets apply to students and those who are unsalaried.

**Early Bird rates have been extended until 17 March, 23:59 (GMT). 

Members of the IAFLL have access to discounted tickets. If you'd like to find out more about IAFLL membership, please click here.