Culture and Convention Center: "Liederhalle"

Berliner Platz 1-3, 70174 Stuttgart

The hundred languages of children

What inspires girls and boys in their language development? How can we attain more equity in educational development?

Awaiting you at this international congress in Stuttgart is a presentation of results from scientific studies at universities, from research projects and from the practical experience of child care centers. The aim of this congress is to provide new impulses for an effective qualitative development in child care centers.

This convention is being jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport Baden-Württemberg and the State Capital of Stuttgart.



Day 110:00am-6:15pm
  • 10:00am - Welcome address and greeting

    - State Seretary Marion v. Wartenberg, Ministry of Culture, Baden-Württemberg
    - Mayor Isabel Fezer, State Capital Stuttgart

  • 10:30am - Lectures

    - Prof. Dr. Sabina Pauen, Universität Heidelberg
    - Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn, Universität Frankfurt a. M.

  • 12:15pm - Lunch Break
  • 1:45pm - Panel discussion

    - Fatma Eroglou, Parent representative
    - Andrea Gerth, Author
    - Prof. Dr. Franz Schultheis, University of St. Gallen
    - Prof. Dr. Carsten Wippermann, Catholic Endowment Technical College, Munich

  • 3:30pm - Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm - Vortrag

    - Prof. Dr. Maria Polinsky, Harvard University, Cambridge/USA

  • 5:45pm - Artistic Conclusion

    in collaboration with students of vocal art and communication education at the State College for Music and Performing Arts.

Day 209:00am-3:45pm
  • 9:00am - Lecture

    Paola Cagliari, Reggio Emilia/Italy

  • 10:15am - Coffee Break
  • 11:00am - Vortrag

    Prof. em. Louise Derman-Sparks, Pacific Oak College, Pasadena/USA

  • 12:15pm - Lunch Break
  • 1:45pm - Closing Discussion

    - Staatssekretärin Marion v. Wartenberg
    - Bruno Pfeifle, Youth Welfare Service Stuttgart
    - Prof. Dr. Artemis Alexiadou, University of Stuttgart
    - Karin Bauer, Protestant Child and Family Center in Stuttgart
    - Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Tracy, University of Mannheim
    - Prof. Dr. Dörte Weltzien, Protestant College Freiburg


You will be able to download current information. The list will be extended beyond the time of the convention so that you will also be able to find contributors’ lectures.


Artemis Alexiadou studied linguistics at the University of Athens. She completed her doctoral studies in 1994 at the University of Potsdam where she also completed her qualification as Professor in 1999. Since 2002 she is Professor at the Institute for Linguistics: English, at the University of Stuttgart and since 2006 heads the Special Research Area 732. In 2014 she was awarded the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize.
Prof. Dr. Artemis Alexiadou

University of Stuttgart

Karin Bauer, a graduate in social education, is director of the Protestant Child Care Center at the Martins Church Complex, Child and Family Center, in Stuttgart. She is an advisor for Early Excellence Centers. From 2008 to 2011 she supervised the project: “Future Initiatives of Protestant Day Care Centers for Children in Württemberg (ZIK)”.
Karin Bauer

Protestant Child and Family Center Stgt.

Paola Cagliari has a University Degree in Education. In 1985 she started working as a kindergarten teacher in the Toddler and Pre-school Center of the city of Reggio Emilia in Italy. Since 2010 she is director of the Center.
Paola Cagliari

Direktor Reggio Emilia/Italy

Prof.em. Louise Derman-Sparks is a long standing member of the faculty for “Human Development” at Pacific Oaks College. Before that she was active as a teacher and program director in early child education. She is author and co-author of many books and advises Anti-Bias teachers in various countries. In her spare time she is a committed social activist.
Prof. Louise Derman-Sparks

Pacific Oak College, Pasadena/USA

Fatma Erglou was born in Bünyan/Turkey. She is a dental assistant and member of the parents association. Since 2008 she is mentor of the “Rucksack” project and since 2012 parental guide in the Children’s and Family Center, 100 Daimlerstr. in Stuttgart Bad-Cannstatt. She also works at the district newspaper “Veielbrunnen”.
Fatma Eroglou

Parent representative

Isabel Fezer, as mayor since 2010, is responsible for the areas of social welfare, adolescence and health in the State Capitol of Stuttgart. In addition to careers at the Free University of Berlin and at the Federal Ministry for Postal and Telecommunications she also was, since 1996, mayor and later a lawyer in Radolfzell. In 2008 she represented the State of Baden-Württemberg in the “Europareferat” in Berlin.
Mayor Isabel Fezer

State Capital Stuttgart

Andrea Gerth is a child care center consultant at the Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverband( Equality Social Welfare Organization) and a free-lance speaker in the field of elementary education. Between 2003 and 2007 she was in charge of the Paritätische Teilprojekt (Equality Partial-project) “Strengthening Parenting Skills Through and by Way of the Kindergarten”. This was also a source for her book “On the Path to a Partnership in Education”.
Andrea Gerth


Professor Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn, executive director of the German Institutes for International Educational Research (DIPF), is professor of psychology with an emphasis on education and development. He is head of the Frankfurt Research Center IDeA (Center for Research on Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk) and is the founding editor of the interdisciplinary professional journal “Frühe Bildung” (Early Education).
Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn

University of Frankfurt

Since 2001 Sabina Pauen has been Professor for Developmental and Biological Psychology at the University of Heidelberg and since 2009 a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Science. Her research is directed toward the beginnings of speech and thought development in infants.
Prof. Dr. Sabina Pauen

University of Heidelberg

Bruno Pfeifle has been the Director of the Youth Welfare Office in the State Capitol of Stuttgart since 1991. He has the chief responsibility for child and adolescent assistance in Stuttgart and is the advisory head of Symposiums on Adolescent Welfare (“Fachtagungen Jugendhilfe”) at the German Institute for Urbanistics.
Bruno Pfeifle

Youth Welfare Office Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Maria Polinsky is professor for linguistics at Harvard University and director of the Language Science Laboratory. Her chief interest is the relationship between syntax and bilingual language acquisition. Since 2007 she has been heading the yearly Conference 'Heritage Languages' (languages of persons with a migratory background) which is organized by the National Heritage Language Resource Center of the University of California at Los Angeles.
Prof. Dr. Maria Polinsky

Harvard University, Cambridge/USA

Prof. Dr. Franz Schultheis fulfilled his qualification as professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Soziales, Paris and has been professor for sociology at the University of St. Gallen since 2007. Since 2005 he has been the president of the Pierre Bourdieu Foundation, Geneva. His fields of research include insecurity, poverty and intercultural comparison.
Prof. Dr. Franz Schultheis

University of St. Gallen

Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Tracy is professor for Anglistic Philology at the University of Mannheim. Her main research is in the fields of language acquisition and bilingualism; she is also a scientific collaborator in Practical Projects in Cooperation with Schools and Child Care Centers. She is the author of the book "Wie Kinder Sprachenlernen. Und wie wir sie dabei unterstützen können".
Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Tracy

University of Mannheim

State Secretary Marion v. Wartenberg acquired her professional experience as a state accredited kindergarten teacher and director of a day-care center, as acting department superintendant in occupational therapy, as a councilor in hospitals and senior residences of the State Regional Church as well as instructing nursing the sick and geriatric care. She is also the assistant chairman of the DGB Baden-Württemberg (German Federation of Trade Unions).
StS Marion v. Wartenberg

State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture of Baden-Württemberg

Prof. Dr. Dörte Weltzien, a graduate social scientist, teaches and does research in the field of childhood education at the Protestant College in Freiburg. She is in charge of the Masters Degree Program »Bildung und Erziehung im Kindesalter« (Education and Upbringing of Children) and together with Prof. Dr. Klaus Fröhlich-Gildhoff is also in charge of the »Zentrum für Kinder- und Jugendforschung« (Center for Child and Adolescent Research).
Prof. Dr. Dörte Weltzien

Protestant College Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Carsten Wippermann teaches sociology at the Catholic Endowment Technical College in Munich and is the director of the DELTA-Institute for Social and Ecological Research. Before that he was director of the ‘Insituts Sinus Sociovisions’ in Heidelberg for ten years.
Prof. Dr. Carsten Wippermann

Catholic Endowment Technical College Munich


Tickets for both one day and both days are available. Invoicing is done through our partner Amiando (Xing Events). Tickets are only available online.
Reservation deadline is October 2, 2014.
Further information can be found under "FAQ".

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Questions and Answers about the Congress and obtaining tickets

Yes. Tickets can only be purchased through the web page. Advanced sales begins on July 7, 2014

Yes. At the start of ticket sales you have the choice of a two day ticket or a one day ticket for each day.

No, there will be no discounted tickets.

You may return your tickets bought in advance. Please follow the instructions on your invoice. We will reimburse the price of the ticket minus a cancellation fee.

Please note that you may only cancel tickets prior to the event. This will not be possible after the Congress.

Each participant will receive a name tag along with official authorization and the Congress documents.

Should there be a change in a participant from the information given at the time of the online purchase we ask you to briefly inform us at

We were able to reserve a limited number of rooms at the neighboring Maritim Hotel. You may book a room for 144 € using the following link. The price of the room must be paid by the participant.


Please note that because of the Festival at the Cannstatter Wasen taking place at the same time as the Congress the availability of hotel rooms in the city of Stuttgart during this time are limited.

Yes, food and drinks will be provided.

Should you be arriving by car you can find parking spaces at two parking garages close by, “Holzgartenstrasse” and “Liederhalle/Bosch-Areal.

Please note that parking fees cannot be reimbursed.

You can find detailed information about travel, parking garages and parking fees on the web page of the Liederhalle under


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    Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle
    Berliner Platz 1-3
    70174 Stuttgart
  • Hotline
    +49 (0)711 217298771
    Mo-Fr 10-12 Uhr
    und 14-16 Uhr
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