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Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning

hosted by the Fryske Akademy, researches multilingual education and language learning in Europe. For policy makers and professional workers, it is an independent and recognized reference centre. Mercator European Research Centre brings Europe to Fryslân and Fryslân to Europe.


Two new Regional Dossiers!

The Regional Dossiers focus on the educational system in European regions that have an autochthonous lesser-used language. The new dossiers are 'The Ulster-Scots language in education in Northern Ireland' and 'The Slovene language in education in Italy (3rd ed.)'.

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ENROPE call for Online Study Phase en Intensive Study Week

The Erasmus+-project ENROPE, of which Mercator is one of the partners, is looking for researchers (MA, PhD) working in the field of plurilingualism and education, to participate in an Online Study Phase (start: 3 March) or the Intensive Study Programme in Paris in June 2020 (free of charge, deadline: 6 March). 

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First newsletter from VirtuLapp Project

Our Erasmus+-project VirtuLapp published their first newsletter, with articles about the online language game Babel, video's about multilingual classrooms and a workshop in Dublin.

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Mercator Newsletter #158 online

With a lot of news about minority languages and multilingualism!

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Endangered languages and archives

This project focuses on the study of language contact, language change, and the reconstruction of historical sound recordings. Focus areas are the Russian Federation and neighbouring countries.

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Anyone can participate in the Online Study Phase of the Erasmus+project ENROPE. The focus of OSP#2 is 'Networking and Collaboration'.

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POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19: Three day-symposium on multilingualism, supported by the Mercator European Research Centre

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POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. During this free one-day event you will hear about the Erasmus+project VirtuLapp and the latest research by world-renowned...

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ENROPE’s second Intensive Study Week is held in Paris, at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle.

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The NEWCON 2020 Conference is organized by the University of Zadar, SOAS World Languages Institute, Mercator European Research Centre and CIDLes.

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Two new regional dossiers about minority languages!


New is the dossier about 'The Ulster-Scots language in education in Northern Ireland'; updated is the dossier about 'The Slovene language in education in Italy (3rd ed.)'.

 An overview of Mercator's regional dossiers can be found on the regional dossier page.

Research at Mercator


Mercator European Research Centre for multilingualism and language learning represents an internationally recognized, independent reference centre, where policy makers and stakeholders can obtain information and advice about multilingual education, policy and legislation in Europe, based on academic research. To obtain reliable information about small languages spoken in other European countries, Mercator closely cooperates with other European experts, institutions and universities. Research questions under study at Mercator include:

Mercator's Regional Dossiers

Sharing Knowledge

Mercator European Research Centre shares and disseminates collected knowledge, online and via its publications:

  • The Mercator Regional Dossiers, written by experts from all over Europe, describe in-depth language education and legislation of less-used languages in Europe;
  • Research reports, based on Mercator's research projects, are freely downloadable;
  • Via the Mercator Network Newsletter, Mercator shares news with more than 2000 subscribers, all over Europe, about less used languages in Europe and about upcoming events;
  • The Mercator library contains over 6500 books and articles concerning less used languages and multilingualism.

Mercator continuously works towards new ways to improve knowledge dissemination:

  • Mercator is currently developing an online platform offering information about education and policy of less used languages
Mercator's network in 2016

Bringing people together

Mercator European Research Centre is an academic platform where experts and policy makers in the fields of minority language education and policy can meet and exchange knowledge:

  • Mercator Research Centre organizes conferences, seminars and workshops, where academics and educational experts and teachers meet and exchange knowledge and experiences.
  • Together with the Mercator Network, Mercator European Research Centre runs projects, such as the LEARNMe Project (2012-2016), which provided policy guidelines, based on research and best practices, for the education of less used languages;
  • With its Database of Experts, Mercator increases the visibility of academics in the field of less used languages, and offers an overview of European expertise in this field of study.
  • Mercator offers an online platform, called the Network of Schools, where European schools that teach less-used languages, discuss challenges, and share ideas;
  • Mercator interviews experts in the fields of minority language policy and education - what do they work on, and what drives them? - and shares these interviews online via the Expert in the Spotlight section.  

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