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SOE's Gabrielle Hogan-Brun to lead a theme strand at the Salzburg Global Seminar

6 December 2017

Gabrielle Hogan-Brun, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Education, has been invited to lead a theme strand at the Salzburg Global Seminar on Language Learning & Integration in a Globalized World (from 12 to 17 December 2017 at Leopoldskron Castle in Salzburg, Austria).

Originally founded in 1947 to encourage the revival of intellectual dialogue in post-war Europe, the mission of the Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. 

The focus of the December Global Seminar is the pivotal role of language learning for effective international relations, employment, social mobility and security, for full utilization of talent and economic dynamism, and for understanding socio-economic divides around language learning.

In her contribution, Dr Hogan-Brun asks: How can language act as a positive force for the common good in our world today? What are the incentives for change? How can we harness language as a resource for growth, prosperity and equity? This work draws on her expertise in the field and, in particular, on the success of her recent book Linguanomics. What is the Market Potential of Multilingualism? (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).  

The four-day meeting will be attended by around 50 thought-leaders and change-makers from different regions, sectors, and disciplines. Participants will come together on equal terms to explore the opportunities and complex challenges around language learning and integration in a globalized world

During the program, participants will jointly develop a ‘Salzburg Statement’ that serves as a call to action to help their institutions and communities contribute directly and indirectly to the following Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Quality Education, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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