The programme and quality of the session within the Language and Education Network (31) was very well received at ECER 2019. There were two key highlights to mention here. Firstly, the Keynote lecture on multilingualism in Germany delivered by Ingrid Gogolin during the Network’s welcome reception. The event was organised by the German “Coordination Office for Multilingualism and Language Education (KoMBi)”. That event stimulated international networking and collaboration amongst Network 31 members. It was later agreed - during the network meeting - that we should retain the Keynote lecture as regular feature of the Network’s forthcoming ECER welcome receptions. Secondly, the joint special call with the Network 20 (Research in Innovative and Intercultural Learning Environments). It was launched on 15.11.2018 and entitled “Reflections on cultural and linguistic diversity in educational research”. It received a high response rate. The papers presented in the special call were scheduled jointly, and appeared in the programmes of both Network 31 and 20, to maximise dissemination and interest among the conference participants. We have anecdotal accounts of the unique opportunities for joint discussions between conference participants of both networks.