Plenary sessions

The theme of PLAIN 2019 is “Clear communication – clear results”. Over three days, we will ask several questions. Why use plain language? Is it really that important? And what effects does it have? More than 100 speakers from 25 countries will provide us with answers at PLAIN 2019.

Published: 10. Jul 2019, Last modified: 18. Sep 2019

Welcome to the PLAIN 2019 plenary sessions. Our keynote speakers will highlight the themes that will be discussed in more depth during the concurrent sessions. The concurrent themes of PLAIN 2019 are the following:

  • Plain language empowers
  • Plain language in the digital era
  • Plain language in practice; Culture for plain language
  • Plain language pays off
  • Plain language for justice and democracy
  • Plain language is more than text

Thursday at 09.00: Opening keynotes

In our first plenary session, you will meet our first keynote speakers. Among others, we introduce Christine Smith from New Zealand. Smith helped craft the New Zealand Labour Party’s Policy Platform. In her session, she will share her insights into how a political party achieves results by “telling it like it is”.

Thursday at 11.00: Democracy and inclusion

In our second plenary session, our keynotes discuss topics related to the themes of "Plain language empowers" and "Plain language for justice and democracy". How is plain language instrumental in building democratic systems that work, securing due process and including marginalised groups? Among others, Suzanne Owen from Australia will relay her work with helping Pacific Islander workers adjust to working in a new country.

Friday at 12.30: Digitalisation and design

In the first plenary session of our last day, our keynotes touch on topics within the themes of "Plain language in the digital era" and "Plain language pays off". Professor Joseph Kimble from WMU-Cooley Law School has studied the monetary benefits of plain language for more than 20 years. He will relay some of the extraordinary benefits he has discovered by reviewing more than 50 empirical studies.

Friday at 13.45: Saving time and money

The plain language pioneer Prof. Joseph Kimble gives us the case for plain language in business government and law.  

Friday at 14.30: Closing keynotes

In our last plenary session, Dr. Annetta Cheek, Chair of the International Plain Language Federation, among others, will present the current draft of the International Standard of Plain Language. The intent is to develop a standard that will work in most, if not all, languages. 


All plenary sessions are held at the main conference venue, the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.


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