The first and second editions of the bi-annual International Symposium on Bilingualism were organised in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and ISB3 took place in Bristol. After 2003, ISB left the UK and in 2003, Arizona State University hosted ISB4. ISB5 was held in Barcelona in 2005, and in 2007, Hamburg hosted ISB6.
Oslo will be the venue for ISB8 in 2011. With 500-700 participants nowadays, ISB has developed into one of the most important conferences in the field of bilingualism worldwide.