What is HaBilNet?

The Harmonious Bilingualism Network HaBilNet aims to support and stimulate scientific research into harmonious bilingualism and to make sure the results of that research are widely disseminated both within and outside of academia.

Harmonious bilingualism refers to language related subjective well-being experienced by members of a family living in a multilingual setting.

Instruments used to fulfill this aim

(list not meant to be exhaustive)

(1) supporting research projects relating to Harmonious Bilingualism through:

  • donations;
  • stipends;
  • more limited financial support for any relevant research project in the form of travel grants, grants to pay for student research assistants, grants to pay for subject recruitment, grants to pay respondents for participation in projects, and so forth.

(2) supporting the scientific dissemination of HaBilNet research results through:

  • traditional print media (books);
  • Open Access publishing support;
  • the organization and/or (co-)funding of academic meetings world wide (small and large workshops, conferences);
  • a strong digital media presence (see 4).

(3) supporting the wider dissemination of HaBilNet research results through:

  • the organization and/or (co-)funding of public outreach events such as "town hall" meetings, exhibits, and debates;
  • a HaBilNet team of consultants for families living in multilingual settings who are available for one-on-one consultation to families at no charge, either through digital media (Skype, FaceTime, Messenger, etc.) or in person;
  • a strong digital media presence (see 4).

(4) building up and supporting a strong multilingual digital media presence through:

HaBilNet is a philanthropic association ("feitelijke vereniging") under Belgian law and is administered out of Belgium.
Its Director is Dr. Annick De Houwer who can be reached here.

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