PLAIN 2017 in Austria

Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) is pleased to announce that its next biennial conference will be held in Graz, Austria in September 2017.

“PLAIN is particularly excited to be holding its next conference in Austria, as this will help raise the profile of plain language in the German-speaking world,” says PLAIN President Dr. Neil James.

Conference host

The host organization for PLAIN 2017 is Klarsprache, the Society for Readable Texts, which has been pioneering the use of plain language in Austria.

“For Klarsprache, the PLAIN conference represents an opportunity to show how plain language improves government services and the relationships businesses have with their customers,” says Klarsprache Professor Rudolf Muhr.

Venue and date

The conference will run from September 21 to 23, 2017, at the University of Graz.

“Graz is a university town, with a population of 300,000 and around 45,000 students in 6 universities,” explains Professor Muhr. “The university will be the ideal venue for international experts to share the latest research in clear communication with Austrian delegates and organizations.”

This will be PLAIN’s eleventh conference since 1996.

“Like the previous 10 conferences, it will bring together the best plain language practitioners to share the latest developments in clear communication,” says Dr. James.

“For government and business organizations in Austria, PLAIN 2017 presents an ideal opportunity to find out how the rest of the world is reforming communication and how plain language can improve both customer services and the bottom line.”

Jewish New Year

As the conference date is very close to the Jewish New Year, organizers are making arrangements with the Grand Synagogue in Graz so that international delegates can attend the temple during their visit.

Host city

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The city of Graz is an ideal location for the PLAIN 2017 conference.

The second largest city in Austria, Graz offers a wealth of historical and modern sites to explore. Situated in Southern Austria, it provides easy access from and to all major European destinations.

More details coming soon

PLAIN 2017 will attract language experts from around the world.

Watch this space for more news about the conference and its upcoming website. And, on Twitter, look for and use our conference hashtag #PLAIN2017.