CLARIN Annual Conference 2016 in Aix-en-Provence, France

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The CLARIN Annual Conference is the main annual event for those working on the construction and operation of CLARIN across Europe.

The 2016 conference will take place from the afternoon of 26 October till the afternoon of 28 October in Aix-en-Provence, France. Earlier on the 26th the and several CLARIN committees have scheduled meetings as well.

This event is organised by CLARIN in collaboration with Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Laboratoire des Sciences de l’Information et des Systèmes (LSIS)Aix-Marseille Université and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Participation in this event is by invitation only. The categories of people to be invited will include authors of accepted papers, members of national consortia and representatives of CLARIN centres as well as representatives from partner organizations. Once you have been invited to attend the conference, you will receive registration information from your national coordinator or the CLARIN ERIC Office.


The proceedings can be found here. (View the full call for papers.)


Videos of invited talks, presentations and interviews are published on the CLARIN Videolectures channel.


Participation in this event is by invitation only. If  you have been selected to attend the conference, you should receive information on how to register from your national coordinator or from the CLARIN ERIC office.

Presenter guidelines

Guidelines for presenters of papers, posters and/or demos can be found here.


See the full conference programme.

(Pre-conference) meetings and workshops

On Wednesday, 26th of October, several committee meetings and workshops will take place before the opening of the conference.  Most of these meetings are closed committee meetings or require registration and/or have limited places.

One workshop for which registrations are welcome is the user involvement meeting.  In order to apply for participating at this meeting, please register here.

There will also be a workshop on usability of the CLARIN webportal and webservices, with a limited number of places.  If you are interested in or even better, an expert on questions of usability, please consider registring for this workshop and look here for more information.

Usability assessment and improvement activities during the Conference

CLARIN is currently working on assessing and improving the usability of the CLARIN website and some central services.  Your input is very welcome:

  • Please answer this short questionnaire on usability (ideally before the conference, so that the results can be discussed on the pre-conference-workshop).
  • During the conference, we plan to make interviews and a short testing of usability in the coffee- and lunch breaks. If you want to volunteer, please contact the organizers of the pre-conference-workshop (via email or via the conference desk).
  • We will also be present on the Bazaar, where you can visit and give your input on (improving) CLARIN's usability.

Sign up for the CLARIN Bazaar

The CLARIN bazaar will be an informal space on the afternoon of Thursday, the 27th of October, where you can meet people from other centres and countries, find out about their work in progress, exchange ideas, and talk to people about future collaborations. The bazaar will provide an informal setting for conversations with CLARIN people, and space to show your work to colleagues on their laptop computer, and distribute handouts and leaflets.

Please sign up if you want to have a 'stall' in the bazaar. All participants in the CLARIN Annual Conference are expected to attend the bazaar, so it should be a good opportunity to disseminate your work and to find interested parties.


CLARIN has made block reservations at various hotels in Aix-en-Provence. For subsidized paprticiapts, rooms are offered against a reduced price (see the hotel information). When registering for the conference as a subsidized participant, a request for reservation can be made by indicating your first and second preference. (This option will expire after 26 September 2016). The CLARIN Office will process the requests on the basis of ‘first come first serve’. You will receive a confirmation of your registration/hotel booking via email. Non-subsidized participants are requested to make their own arrangements, but the CLARIN Office can always be contacted for advice.

Conference venue

The 5th edition of the CLARIN Annual Conference will take place at the Centre de Congrès.

Travel information

By air

If you will be traveling by airplane, we advise you to book tickets to Aéroport Marseille Provence (MRS). This is a main airport close to Aix-en-Provence. 

Shuttle buses to Aix-en-Provence’s main bus station (Gare routière) depart from the airport’s bus station, platform 1 (indicated on the map below with the number 1 next to a bus logo), every half hour. It takes approximately 30 minutes to travel to Aix-en-Provence, although you might experience traffic delay during rush hour. Bus tickets cost € 8,20 each and can be bought at the bus ticket desk (in cash, with credit card), or directly from the bus driver (in cash). You can download the timetable here

The venue, Centre de Congrès, and all reserved hotels are within walking distance (max. 20 minutes) of Aix-en-Provence’s bus station. If you would like to continue your trip by bus, you can plan your route online


Taxi from Airport Marseille to Aix-en-P

There is a taxi stand in front of the airport’s main entrance. Taxis can be reserved by calling the following telephone number: + 33 4 42 14 24 44. A taxi ride to Aix-en-Provence costs circa € 50,- (cash, taxi drivers usually accept credit cards). If you are travelling in a group, you might consider booking a private transfer.

By train (TGV)

If you prefer to travel by train (TGV), we advise you to buy your tickets online. Aix-en-Provence has its own TGV station (which is at another location than the regular railway station). You can use the shuttle bus or taxi service to travel from the TGV station to the city centre. It takes approximately 20 minutes to travel from the TGV station to Aix-en-Provence. 

Stay alert

Vigipirate (France’s national security alert system) is at a high level. More information (in French) can be found here. Some more background in English (not fully up-to-date) can be found here.


For general information on the conference please contact us via


More information about previous CLARIN Annual Conferences can be found here



Centre de Congrès
14 Boulevard Carnot