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15 Translation Conferences and Language Events to Keep an Eye on

15 Translation Conferences and Language Events to Keep an Eye on

One of the most effective ways to progress in your freelance career is to network with fellow colleagues. Building good relationships and strong connections with other freelance translators will give you not only a chance to get some extra work through referrals, but, more importantly, the opportunity to learn from more experienced colleagues and exchange ideas and best practices with other members of the industry.

Translation conferences and language events are the perfect setting for some good old networking. Add interesting and enriching seminars and presentations on top of that, and you have the perfect combo for a great business and personal development experience.

Some events are free to attend, but you will have to pay a fee for most translation conferences. To save you some time and help you decide which conference or event is best for you and your budget, in this article I collected information about 15 European translation conferences and language events you should keep an eye on over the next few months.

[This list is being updated on a regular basis. Last update: 15 January 2019]


Elia Together 2019

Organised by Elia
When: 21-22 February 2019
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Price: €250 (ca. £225) – early bird rate and discounts available

Together is a two-day event that brings together professionals from across the industry for an open dialogue on industry trends, to learn mutually-relevant new approaches, to update technical skills and, ultimately, serve our end clients better. Most importantly, it’s a friendly, collaborative environment in which to develop lasting relationships.

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GALA 2019

Organised by GALA
When: 24-27 March 2019
Where: Munich, Germany
Price: US$1675 (ca. £1,300) – early bird rate and discounts available


GALA’s annual Language of Business conferences are advanced educational and networking events where translation and localization industry leaders collectively discuss best practices, common challenges, emerging trends, and industry technologies. These annual events are your opportunity to connect with translation and localization industry professionals from around the globe who represent diverse companies, sectors, and specialties. We foster an open atmosphere and a spirit of sharing where peer-to-peer learning abounds. With top executives and senior leadership comprising more than 80% of the audience, the focus is high-level, strategic, and growth-oriented. Join us in Munich in 2019 to expand your mind and your network!

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Translation and Localization Conference

Organised by, Textem, Wantwords and Big Talk School
When: 29-30 March 2018
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Price: €370 (ca. £330) – early bird rate and discounts available


We speed up the time and reach a year ahead. Do you remember recently watching sci-fi movies where 2020 was a distant future full of robots, flying cars and human colonies on distant planets? Meanwhile, 2020 is almost there. And the translation industry will also enter the 2020 era in the blink of an eye. We will enter it with third generation CAT tools, NMT engines, task flow automation, but also with translators who still type on their keyboards and whose work is displayed in a table on the monitor. The world is changing, but it is changing in a different way than we would expect. Surprisingly, this change is often slower in the places where hype and fascination with novelty appear and faster in the places where everyday activities are involved and already-known environments are improved. Translation 2020 is not sci-fi anymore. It is a transformation we will see next year, while we still stay the same. Will we do nothing and try to survive somehow, because the changes will not appear overnight? Or will we do something in the next few months to make our companies really ready for 2020? 2020 might not bring about flying cars, but it will certainly inspire open minds and ideas for the future.

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BP Conference 2019

Organised by B+B Mezzofanti Bt. & Csaba Bán
When: 2-3 May 2019
Where: Bologna, Italy
Price: £399 – early bird rate and discounts available

Bringing together freelance translators from across Europe and beyond for professional development and fun networking.

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ITI Conference

Organised by the Institute of Translation and Interpreting
When: 10-11 May 2019
Where: Sheffield, UK
Price: €299 (ca. £265)

The ITI Conference is the biggest event in the UK translation and interpreting calendar. Held every two years, it attracts delegates from all over the world. In 2017, the ITI Conference welcomed over 350 translators and interpreters from over 20 countries to Cardiff and was, once again, a resounding success. In 2019, the ITI Conference visits Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield, for the first time.

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Polyglot Gathering 2019

Organised by E@I
When: 29 May – 2 June 2019
Where: Bratislava, Slovakia
Price: €120 (ca. £105)

The Polyglot Gathering is an informal event which takes places once a year and brings together polyglots (people who speak several languages) and language enthusiasts from all over the world. It is a five-day event with lectures, workshops and social activities for everyone who loves and enjoys languages.

Programme not yet available


ICIT 2019

Organised by International Research Conference
When: 11-12 June 2018
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
Price: N/A

International Conference on Interpreting and Translation aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Interpreting and Translation. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Interpreting and Translation.

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Organised by The Localization Institute and MultiLingual Computing, Inc.
When: 11-13 June 2018
Where: Estoril, Portugal
Price: N/A

LocWorld is the leading conference for international business, translation, localization and global website management. Attendees are the people responsible for communicating across the boundaries of language and culture in the global marketplace. With a specific emphasis on global business, the conference provides an opportunity for the exchange of high-value information in the language and translation services and technologies market.

Programme not yet available


8th Language Technology Industry Summit

Organised by the Language Technology Industry Association
When: 24-25 June 2018
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Price: N/A

The Language Technology Industry Summit is Europe’s major high-level event showcasing the latest developments in the three technology stacks driving language intelligence: speech interaction, deep language & meaning processing, and multilingual communication & cognition. The Summit is the ideal meeting point between CEOs of technology providers & CIOs of technology users, technology integrators, leading-edge developers & researchers, investors & analysts to learn, exchange, network, forge new partnerships and alliances and get tuned to the multilingual intelligent future.

Programme not yet available



Organised by InText Translation Company
When: 22-28 July 2019
Where: Dnipro, Ukraine
Price: N/A

UTICamp-2019 is a conference for everyone connected with the translation industry: novice and established translators, translation company managers, lecturers and students, software developers and customers.

Programme not yet available


Machine Translation Summit 2019

Organised by European Association for Machine Translation
When: 19-23 August 2019
Where: Dublin, Ireland
Price: N/A

The MT Summit is the place where researchers, developers, users and vendors all get together under one roof to discuss the issues of the day.

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MET Meeting 2019

Organised by Mediterranean Editors & Translators
When: 26-28 September 2019
Where: Split, Croatia
Price: N/A

The annual Mediterranean Editors and Translators Meeting (METM), now in its 15th year, is an established CPD and networking event – a highlight in the calendar for many editors, translators, interpreters and other providers of English-language support services in the Mediterranean area and beyond.

Programme not yet available


Language Show Live London

Organised by Evolved Events
When: 15-17 November 2019
Where: London, UK
Price: Free

Language Show London is Europe’s largest exhibition for anyone with a passion for languages. Spanning three days, the event will offer you the chance to attend seminars and workshops, meet the best language suppliers, and network with thousands of other language teachers, learners, translators and linguists who love languages as much as you.

Programme not yet available


ExpoLingua Berlin

Organised by ICWE
When: 22-23 November 2019
Where: Berlin, Germany
Price: Free

EXPOLINGUA Berlin in the must-attend annual event for anyone with an interest in learning and teaching foreign languages, international travel and global cultures.
150+ exhibitors from more than 30 countries and a programme of workshops, seminars and performances provide you with extensive information on international, local and online language courses, internships abroad, working overseas and general information about travel and cultures.

Programme not yet available


More interesting events:

Taus Global Content Summit 2019

T-Update 2019

WordFast Forward 2019

Game Global Forum


Are you aware of any other interesting translation conferences and language events that are not included in this list? Leave a comment to share the details with us!

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