Welcome to English for Specific Purposes Conference

at ITMO University,
St. Petersburg, Russia

October 16-18, 2019



ITMO University invites you to participate in the Third International Conference “More than ESP”. The Conference is devoted to the vital issue of adapting English for Specific Purposes teaching methods to today’s student profile. “More than ESP” traditionally gathers participants from multifaceted spheres, both academic and business. Our hands-on workshops will provide a valuable opportunity to gain practical knowledge in dealing with multiple challenges of teaching ESP to students of various majors.

In 2019 the Conference will be devoted to the links between content and language. Participation in the Conference will be especially beneficial for university faculty staff members teaching English in non-linguistic institutions, as well as for those using English-Medium Instruction. EL professionals employed in private language schools will also find participation useful and rewarding.

International participants will get a personalized invitation letter from ITMO in order to obtain Russian visa. The participants will receive certificates of participation.

The Conference is held with financial support of Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

5 reasons to visit

  • 20+ hands-on workshops and sessions on the relevant ESP topics
  • 15+ leading experts in the field
  • Ample networking opportunities
  • 200+ participants
  • The most tasty snacks during coffee-breaks in the field =)

Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission of proposals is August 15, 2019

We invite you to submit proposals for the following formats:

  • Session: 45-minutes interactive hands-on session, to be presented at the Conference
  • Abstract: 200-300 words, to be published in the Conference Proceedings. Oral presentation is not implied
  • Poster Presentation: to be presented at the Conference

Successful proposals should cover any aspects of the following areas:

  • English for Specific Purposes
  • English as a Medium of Instruction
  • Academic Writing
  • New Technologies
  • Digital Learning
  • Soft Skills

NB! Travel expenses of speakers from other cities might be covered!

Registration fees

  • Pre-Conference workshops, October 16: 1000 RUB
  • Main conference days*, October 17-18
  • Early Bird until September 15: 1000 RUB

    Standard from September 16: 1500 RUB

  • Networking Reception, October 17: 750 RUB

Registration fee for the participants includes access to all sessions, program, abstract book in PDF format, all printed material of the Symposium, refreshments as specified by the program of the event


Yulia V. Ryabukhina

Associate Professor, ITMO University, Russia

Maryam Reyhani

EMI Coordinator, ITMO University, Russia

Antonina Puchkovskaya

Head of Digital Humanities Lab, ITMO University, Russia

Johanna Campbell

EL Fellow, ITMO University, Russia


October 16


9:30 - 10:00

Pre-conference registration

Column hall

10:00 - 17:00

Pre-conference workshops

October 17


9:00 - 10:00


Column hall

10:00 - 10:30

Opening Ceremony

Assembly hall

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote speech

Assembly hall

11:00 - 11:45

Keynote speech

Assembly hall

11:45 - 12:00

Coffee break

Column hall

12:00 - 13:30

Concurrent Sessions

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch (not included)

14:30 - 15:30

Panel Discussion

Assembly hall

15:30 - 17:00

Concurrent Sessions

18:00 - 20:00

Networking Reception (separate ticket)

October 18


10:00 - 10:45

Keynote speech

Assembly hall

10:45 - 12:00

Panel Discussion

Assembly hall

12:00 - 12:15

Coffee break

Column hall

12:15 - 13:45

Concurrent Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

Lunch (not included)

14:45 - 16:15

Concurrent Sessions

16:15 - 17:00

Closing Plenary

Assembly hall

17:00 - 17:30


Assembly hall

Detailed Program will be available in September 2019




View more pictures from our conference in 2018 here