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Science, Practice and Academia


An International Conference hosted by CERLIS

University of Bergamo, Italy


19-21 June 2014




Medical discourse is a source of many insights for linguists and historians alike. In order to explore the interrelations between language and medicine (viewed as a confluence of science, practice and academia), CERLIS will host an International Conference in 2014 open to scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds.


Plenary lectures will be delivered by the following keynote speakers:


·         Greg Myers, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom

·         Françoise Salager-Meyer, Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela

·         Srikant Sarangi, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

·         Paola De Castro, Research Director, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy


Abstracts and presentations should reflect at least one of the following conference themes:


·         History and development of the language of medicine

·         Medical and healthcare terminology

·         Medical discourse

·         Communication in medicine and healthcare

·         Cultural aspects related to the language of medicine

·         Ethics of medical communication

·         Pragmatic aspects of the language of medicine

·         The translation of medical texts


Organizing committee


- Maurizio Gotti

- Marina Dossena

- Davide S. Giannoni

- Stefania M. Maci

- Michele Sala

- Larissa D’Angelo



Conference Programme (to be uploaded in June 2014)



Book of abstracts (to be uploaded in June 2014)



Map (Upper Town)



Conference venue


The Conference will be hosted by CERLIS, the research centre on specialized discourse operating at the University of Bergamo, an institution where research has always been in the foreground and where various national and international conferences have already been organized (see http://www.unibg.it/cerlis ).





The conference will start on Thursday morning and end at lunchtime on Saturday.

As for accompanying persons, while there is no dedicated programme for them during the conference, they are very welcome to register for the social events listed in the registration form.





The conference room is equipped with OHP, microphone and video projector for Powerpoint presentations – there is no need to bring your own laptop, but your presentation should be fully Windows compatible. Please make sure you bring ca. 80 copies of any handouts you may have, as last-minute photocopying is likely to be expensive.



Important Dates


Submission of abstracts

No later than 31st October 2013

Notification of acceptance

30th November 2013

Early registration

No later than 31st January 2014

Standard registration

No later than 30th April 2014

Late registration

No later than 10th June 2014




Online registration can be effected between 01.01.2014 and 10.06.2014 using the form here attached.

The fee includes a welcome evening reception, and tea / coffee breaks.

Early registration

(before 31.01.2014)

 150 euros

Standard registration

(between 01.02.2014 and 30.04.2014)

 180 euros

Late registration

(after 30.04.2014)

 210 euros


Please note:

No registration can be processed unless a copy of the bank transfer is attached or your online payment has been effected.

No registration will be processed after 10th June 2014.

No partial registration is envisaged, so it will not be possible to register for just one or two days.

All bank charges are to be borne by the participant.


Cancellation policy:

All cancellations should be notified no later than 10th June 2014. In any case, a cancellation fee of 30 euros will be charged. Reimbursements will be by bank transfer after the Conference closure.



Methods of payment:



a. by bank transfer to Università degli Studi di Bergamo

c/o BPU - Banca Popolare di Bergamo, Piazza Vittorio Veneto - 24100 Bergamo (I)

account no. 21108; ABI 05428; CAB 11101; CIN E;


IBAN IT44E0542811101000000021108

Reason for bank transfer (must be indicated in the form): CERLIS2014

Please remember that all bank charges are to be borne by the participant. Also remember to email a copy of your bank transfer, together with the registration form, to cerlis@unibg.it as soon as the transfer has been made.


The registration form is available here (participants may register starting from January 2014).



b. by credit card (online payment) - only VISA and MASTERCARD

(a 2% bank charge will be added automatically to your total amount)


The online registration will be activated here at the beginning of January 2014.


After your Registration, you will be informed of the total amount to pay and the procedures for payment.

Payment must then be made within 7 days; if payment has not been made in that period and a new fee period has been entered, then you will receive a new total.



Travel information


Bergamo is in Northern Italy, 50 Kms north-east of Milan, on the way to Lake Garda and Venice. Thanks to its international airport (sometimes advertised as ‘Milan-Orio al Serio’, or Milan-BGY), Bergamo can be reached by plane from many European cities; alternatively, participants may fly to Milan and take a train to Bergamo.


Getting to Bergamo

Stopover in Milan

Map of Bergamo – Upper Town

Map of Bergamo – Lower Town




Accommodation and meals


Participants are invited to make their own accommodation arrangements. Both in the Lower Town and in the Upper Town various hotels are available, from relatively inexpensive to luxury: below you will find a list of possible contacts. Early booking is highly recommended, as Bergamo is a popular tourist destination throughout the year.

As for meals, many restaurants and bars are located in the neighbourhood of the Conference venue.







Name and contact details




Upper Town


San Lorenzo (°), www.hotelsanlorenzobg.it/


Il Gourmet (°), www.gourmet-bg.com/


Piazza Vecchia, www.hotelpiazzavecchia.it


Agnello d’Oro, Via Gombito 22

Tel. +39 035.249.883 / Fax. +39 035.235612


Sole (°), Via Rivola, 2 (Piazza Vecchia); tel. +39 035.218238;

fax +39 035.240011 [no check-in after 22.30]



Lower Town

City centre



Cappello d’Oro (°), www.bwhotelcappellodoro-bg.it


Excelsior S. Marco (°), www.hotelsanmarco.com


Jolly Hotel (°), www.jollyhotels.it


Mercure Bergamo (°),



Arli, www.arli.net


Piemontese, www.hotelpiemontese.com/


San Giorgio, www.sangiorgioalbergo.it/


(°) = Hotels with special rates for conference participants. When booking, please remember to indicate “Cerlis 2011. University of Bergamo”.



Bed & breakfast

(See also www.bed-and-breakfast.it - click the Region, ‘Lombardy’, and then the city, ‘Bergamo’).




Upper Town


La Castellana, www.lacastellanabb.com/

La Torretta, www.latorrettabergamoalta.com/

La Valletta, www.lavallettabergamo.it/

Villa Luna, www.bbvillaluna.it


Lower Town


Accademia, www.bedbreakfastaccademia.it/

L’Angolo del Poeta, www.angolodelpoeta.com

Ciccio, www.cicciobb.com/


Budget accommodation is available at the local Youth Hostel

(www.ostellodibergamo.it/hostel.html ).

Further details about accommodation are online at www.apt.bergamo.it/



Social programme


The social programme includes:


- A welcome evening reception on 19th June 2014.


- A Conference Dinner on 20th June 2014.


- An organised excursion to Pavia on 21st June 2014 (afternoon + evening, dinner included in the excursion fee).





The deadline for submissions is 31st October 2013. Please send your abstract (300 words) to cerlis@unibg.it as an RTF attachment – to this end, a dedicated form is provided here attached. Acceptance will be notified by 30th November 2013.


Download the submission form here.





A selection of conference papers will be published in a volume and/or journal issue. Finalized versions of papers submitted for publication in the proceedings should be emailed to cerlis@unibg.it by 15 October 2014 at the latest. The upper limit is 7,000 words (10,000 for plenary papers), including references, footnotes, tables, etc. For formatting guidelines, please follow the stylesheet


Download the Stylesheet here.



How to contact us


By email: cerlis@unibg.it

By post: CERLIS 2014 – Università di Bergamo – Piazza Rosate 2 – 24129 Bergamo (Italy)

By telephone: + 39.035.2052.738 or + 39.035.2052.721

By fax: + 39.035,2052.738 or + 39.035.2052.789