Preliminary programme

We are excited to present the preliminary programme for PLAIN 2019. We are continuously confirming key notes and presenters, and the programme is still work-in-progress. We will publish our final programme in June 2019. 

Published: 30. Apr 2019, Last modified: 07. May 2019

Confirmed plenary speakers 


Some of our confirmed plenary speakers are

  • Dr. Neil James (Plain English Foundation, Australia) on positive impacts of plain language around the globe.

  • Prof. Joseph Kimble (WMU-Cooley Law School, USA) on the business case for plain language.

  • Christine Smith (Clearspace, New Zealand) on transparent government – the New Zealand Labour Party’s modern approach to communication.

  • Loveleen Rihel Brenna (Seema AS, Norway) on promoting diversity and inclusion.

  • Lars Rønn (The Norwegian Tax Administration) on clear communication in digital service development.

  • Kresten Bjerg (Bjerg Kommunikation, Denmark) on the digital reader.

  • Annetta Cheek (Chair of the International Plain Language Federation, USA), Christopher Balmford (Words and Beyond, Australia) Rosa Margarita Galén Vélez (ITAM Faculty, Mexico) and Susan Kleimann (Kleimann Communication Group, USA) on the federation’s efforts to develop an optional multi-language standard for plain language.


Our subthemes 

The main theme of PLAIN 2019 is “Clear communication – clear results”. Our subthemes include

  • Plain language empowers

How can we use plain language as a measure to help people help themselves? How do we convey critical information in a time of crisis? How do we write for people with special needs?

  • Plain language in the digital era

What is the role of plain language in the development of digital services? How does language work together with visual and interaction design? And what about terminology?

  • Plain language in practice

Yes, plain language is important – but where do we start? What is the best way to train people to use plain language? How can we convey complex issues using simple words?

  • Culture for plain language

How can we build a culture for plain language in the organisation? What about interdisciplinary work? And how can we measure effects?

  • Plain language pays off

How can we get plain language to improve the bottom line? What methods are most efficient? Can we use plain language to improve consumer trust?

  • Plain language for justice and democracy

How can we use plain language to make people understand their rights and duties? How do we include all members of society through plain language?


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