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: 07 October 2017]

15 TRANSLATION CONFERENCES AND LANGUAGE EVENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Language Show Live London

Organised by Upper Street Events
When: 13-15 October 2017
Where: London, UK
Price: £18 (ca. €20) – click here for discounted tickets

Description
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 over 60 CPD certified seminars and workshops, meet the best language suppliers with over 150 exhibitors, and network with thousands of other language teachers, learners, translators and linguists who love languages as much as you.

Click here for the full programme
I’ll be presenting at this year’s Language Show, more details can be found here.

 

MET Meeting 2017

Organised by Mediterranean Editors & Translators
When: 26-28 October 2017
Where: Brescia, Italy
Price: €320 (ca. £290) – discounts available

Description
The annual Mediterranean Editors and Translators Meeting (METM), now in its twelfth 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. It offers one and a half days of presentations and keynote speeches, two half-days of pre-conference workshops, and a program of “Off-METM” events at a venue in a Mediterranean country.

Click here for the programme 

 

Polyglot Conference 2017

Organised by Richard Simcott and Alex Rawlings
When: 27-29 October 2017
Where: Reykjavík, Iceland
Price: €179 (ca. £160) – discounts available

Description
Polyglot Conference 2017 in Reykjavík will bring together language enthusiasts from around the world, allowing them to meet other language enthusiasts and focus on language in a way that most of us are unable to do in our daily lives. The conference consists of two days of language talks on diverse subjects such as the latest research into polyglots and polyglottery, workplace applications of polyglot skills, language families or individual languages, linguistics, new learning resources and techniques, and language themes relating to the history and culture of the host city.

Click here for the programme 

 

Translation and Disruption: Global and Local perspectives

Organised by Portsmouth University
When: 3-4 November 2017
Where: Portsmouth, UK
Price: £80 (ca. £90) – discounts available

Description
This conference aims to consider the disruptive power of translation across a wide range of digital technologies: machine translation, CAT tools, crowdsourcing, social media, mobile devices, speech recognition, remote interpreting, VLEs and MOOCs (for education).

Click here for the programme

 

Translating Europe Forum

Organised by the European Commission
When: 6-7 November 2017
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Price: Free

Description
The Translation Department of the European Commission is organising the 4th edition of the Translating Europe Forum, focusing this year on translators skills and employability. What skills do young and established translators need to master in order to thrive in the business? Are there sets of “new skills” corresponding to changing/emerging market needs? What are the new profiles needed in the language industry? How can translators keep up to date and find the right training at the right time? What are the specific skills required to master translation tools and technologies?

Click here for the programme

 

Translation Technology Terminology Conference

Organised by Iolar
When: 9-10 November 2017
Where: Bled, Slovenia
Price: €249 (ca. £225) – discounts available

Description
The conference is designed for everyone in the translation industry looking to expand their knowledge: translators, proof-readers, vendors, language service providers, terminologists and linguists, professors, assistant professors, students and other industry professionals. Lifelong learning and experience sharing will assist us in keeping up with the pace of change. Welcome!

Click here for the programme

 

APTIC – FIT Europe Conference

Organised by APTIC and FIT Europe
When: 10-11 November 2017
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Price: €110 (ca. £90) – discounts available

Description
What role can translators and interpreters play in a world where globalization is on the rise? How does technological progress affect our profession? What steps should we take to prepare ourselves for an ever-changing world? The conference will tackle these questions – and many more. Join leading language and technology experts for debates and presentations that shed light on the future of our industry.

Click here for the programme 

 

Nordic Translation Industry Forum

Organised by Anne-Marie Colliander Lind and Cecilia Enback
When: 22-24 November 2017
Where: Helsinki, Finland
Price: €575 (ca. £515) – discounts available

Description
We want to create a forum for language industry representatives from the Nordic and Baltic countries to find a platform for exchanging ideas and knowledge in an engaging and including environment. We aim to have a regional focus on our themes and speakers as well as our forum venues. The idea with the Nordic Translation Industry Forum is to gather language services companies from the region interested in topics on industry trends and regional related matters, and in addition to that, technology.

Click here for the programme

 

Translating and the Computer

Organised by Asling
When: 16-17 November 2017
Where: London, UK
Price: £480 (ca. €535) – discounts available

Description
Translating and the Computer is a key date in the diary precisely because it draws together “bridge-builders” from many different countries, backgrounds and professions. An annual meeting where translators, researchers and business people, from translation companies, international organisations, universities and research labs, as well as freelance professionals and tool developers, exchange ideas and discuss current trends. It offers an excellent opportunity to engage with stakeholders from all areas of the translation world.

Click here for the programme

 

ExpoLingua Berlin

Organised by ICWE
When: 17-18 November 2017
Where: Berlin, Germany
Price: Free

Description
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.

Click here for the programme

 

Together

Organised by Elia (European Language Industry Association)
When: 22-23 February 2018
Where: Athens, Greece
Price: N/A

Description
Together is all about networking, discussion and learning – together – about how to approach the business challenges and opportunities we all face. Building on the success of previous years, our 2018 event will be the most interactive yet, with hands-on workshops and thought-provoking discussions. The theme for 2018 is Specialise to Excel, which is all about focusing on what your business does best to stand out from the crowd and provide solutions to the changing needs of our end clients with three tracks each moderated by an industry expert:

Click here for the programme

 

Translation and Localization Conference

Organised by Localize.pl, Textem, Wantwords and Big Talk School
When: 23-24 March 2018
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Price: €180 (ca. £160) – discounts available

Description
Over the past two years, three major forces have been impacting the language services industry. First, increased investment by private equity firms has been driving consolidation among language service providers. Second, technological process is accelerating. New user interfaces allow translators to interact more intuitively with machine-generated output. At the same time, neural machine translation is rapidly improving, leading to increased MT adoption. Finally, demand for translation, interpretation, and other language services continues to grow fast, as the digitalization of business creates entirely new categories of buyers.

Click here for last year’s programme

 

Language World

Organised by the Association for Language Learning
When: 23-24 March 2018
Where: Hinckley, UK
Price: £403 (ca. €450) – discounts available

Description
The Association for Language Learning’s annual conference and CPD event offers a packed programme with speakers from across the languages sector which attracts up to 250 participants a day, with a large number coming from primary and secondary schools.

Programme not yet available

 

BP CONFERENCE 2018

Organised by B+B Mezzofanti Bt. & Csaba Bán
When: 19-20 April 2018
Where: Vienna, Austria
Price: N/A

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

Programme not yet available

 

Localization Unconference 2018

Organised by Teresa Marshall, Scott Schwalbach, Shawna Wolverton and Ultan O Broin
When: 26-28 April 2018
Where: Berlin, Germany
Price: €15 (ca. £12)

Description
No stuffy general sessions or arcane topics. No audience reading e-mail during presentations. No terrible suits. No buses to social events. And no PowerPoint karaoke or sales pitches. Instead, only your internationalization and localization topics hosted in a discussion format between you and your peers. It’s the opposite of a conference – it’s an unconference. The German localization un-conference also features two pro bono tracks: a hackathon and a translathon. The un-conference takes place on Thursday; the hackathon/translatathon runs from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon. Please register individually for each event!

Click here for the programme

 

Staging the Literary Translator

Organised by the University of Vienna
When: 17-19 May 2018
Where: Vienna, Austria
Price: €260 (Ca. £235) – discounts available

Description
The aim of this conference is to set an interdisciplinary stage to discuss theoretical and methodological challenges that come with studying the literary translator, bringing together diverse approaches and multiple perspectives, such as cognitive science, sociology, psychology, creativity studies, identity studies, gender and queer studies, etc. Contributions are welcomed that focus on the literary translator, who, traditionally, tends to remain in the wings, shedding new light on psychological, emotional, physical, social, and cultural facets of the translator’s persona and identity.

Programme not yet available

 

EAMT 2018

Organised by the European Association for Machine Translation
When: 28-30 May 2018
Where: Alicante, Spain
Price: N/A

Description
The annual EAMT conference showcases the very latest in MT tools and technology, with participants representing companies and institutions already using or being potential users of MT, localisation companies using MT in the translation workflow, renowned MT scientists and researchers, companies and institutions developing MT systems, R&D teams from both private companies and public universities. Conference presentations feature in-depth descriptions of the latest MT technology, enterprise use cases from large corporations and organisations using MT, best practices from the global localisation industry, the fruits of cutting-edge research from universities and research centers, and the results of EU-funded ICT projects.

Programme not yet available

 

LocWorld37

Organised by The Localization Institute and MultiLingual Computing, Inc.
When: 6-8 June 2018
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Price: N/A

Description
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

More interesting events:

Language Technology Industry Summit – October 2017

5th International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2017) – October 2017

TCworld 2017 – October 2017

 

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!

  • What a great list! In the French-speaking sphere, there’s also the “Congrès Mondial de Traductologie”, which will take place in Paris in April 2017 (https://cmt.u-paris10.fr/cmt-2016) and the “Traductologie de plein champ” conference that will take place at three different dates in Paris, Brussels, and Geneva (http://www.eila.univ-paris-diderot.fr/_media/recherche/conf/ciel/traductologie-plein-champ/des_unites_de_traduction_a_l_unite_de_la_traduction_aac.pdf).

  • II International Scientific and Practical Conference
    “Multidimensional Translation: From Science to Art” Organised by Baltic International Academy
    When: 20-22 April 2017
    Where: Riga, Latvia
    http://ecl.lv/conference
    Price: 50 EUR until February 28, then 290 EUR –
    Description
    The purpose of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for practitioners, researchers, academic scientists, and educators to present and discuss the most recent practical challenges, innovations, trends, and concerns, as well as to exchange and share experiences and research results in the sphere of translation and interpretation, teaching translation and interpretation, criteria for assessment and teaching languages.

  • Thank you for sharing!
    Not a translation conference, but still a big one for all language lovers and polyglots—The Polyglot Gatheting— will take place in Bratislava​ on May 31–June 6 2017. More info: http://www.polyglotbratislava.com.

    In October 2017 there is a conference in Pisa for translators working with Italian, the page is http://www.lagiornatadeltraduttore.it.

    May 26-27, 2017 will bring another edition of the Translation Forum Russia, a huge event for translators and agencies working with the Russian speaking markets. More info: http://www.tconference.ru.

    • Thank you so much for your contribution Anna. I focussed on international events with English as the main language, but I’m sure that the ones you suggested will be very appreciated by a lot of people!

      • The Polyglot Gathering and TFR are more than international, TFR provides simultaneous interpreting into 5-7 or more languages if I am not mistaken.

        Btw, there is a biannual IAPTI conference (the dates need checking) and another Polyglot Conference in Reykjavík on October 27-29.

  • Hey,

    Can you make a new blog post for translation conferences that will be held in 2018?

    Thank you

  • COMMENTS

    1. Hajirah Junaid
      Reply

      Hey,

      Can you make a new blog post for translation conferences that will be held in 2018?

      Thank you

      • Martina Eco
        Reply

        Hi Hajirah, I just updated the article with more events happening in 2018 🙂

      • Martina Eco
        Reply

        Hi Hajirah, thank you for your comment. I update this post every couple of months, so there will be more 2018 events soon 🙂

    2. Anna Martynova
      Reply

      Thank you for sharing!
      Not a translation conference, but still a big one for all language lovers and polyglots—The Polyglot Gatheting— will take place in Bratislava​ on May 31–June 6 2017. More info: http://www.polyglotbratislava.com.

      In October 2017 there is a conference in Pisa for translators working with Italian, the page is http://www.lagiornatadeltraduttore.it.

      May 26-27, 2017 will bring another edition of the Translation Forum Russia, a huge event for translators and agencies working with the Russian speaking markets. More info: http://www.tconference.ru.

      • Martina Eco
        Reply

        Thank you so much for your contribution Anna. I focussed on international events with English as the main language, but I’m sure that the ones you suggested will be very appreciated by a lot of people!

        • Anna Martynova
          Reply

          The Polyglot Gathering and TFR are more than international, TFR provides simultaneous interpreting into 5-7 or more languages if I am not mistaken.

          Btw, there is a biannual IAPTI conference (the dates need checking) and another Polyglot Conference in Reykjavík on October 27-29.

    3. ICIQ3, the Third International Conference on Interpreting Quality, will take place 5-7 October 2017 in Granada, Spain.

      More information at http://qinv.ugr.es/iciq3-en.htm

      • Martina Eco
        Reply

        Lovely! Thank you for letting me know, I’ll add it to the list soon.

    4. Jūlija Rastorgujeva
      Reply

      II International Scientific and Practical Conference
      “Multidimensional Translation: From Science to Art” Organised by Baltic International Academy
      When: 20-22 April 2017
      Where: Riga, Latvia
      http://ecl.lv/conference
      Price: 50 EUR until February 28, then 290 EUR –
      Description
      The purpose of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for practitioners, researchers, academic scientists, and educators to present and discuss the most recent practical challenges, innovations, trends, and concerns, as well as to exchange and share experiences and research results in the sphere of translation and interpretation, teaching translation and interpretation, criteria for assessment and teaching languages.

    5. The 7th edition of NTIF – the Nordic Translation Industry Forum will take place in the 3rd week of November 2017. Dates and location to be launched this week.
      More information soon on: http://www.ntif.se

    6. I would also list the LocWorld events – the global localization industry conference series. The Asian event will happen already late February, followed by Barcelona in June and Silicon Valley in October.
      All information available on http://www.locworld.com

    7. Hanna Martikainen
      Reply

      What a great list! In the French-speaking sphere, there’s also the “Congrès Mondial de Traductologie”, which will take place in Paris in April 2017 (https://cmt.u-paris10.fr/cmt-2016) and the “Traductologie de plein champ” conference that will take place at three different dates in Paris, Brussels, and Geneva (http://www.eila.univ-paris-diderot.fr/_media/recherche/conf/ciel/traductologie-plein-champ/des_unites_de_traduction_a_l_unite_de_la_traduction_aac.pdf).

    8. giuseppina franich
      Reply

      thanks

    9. Nanna Gunnarsdóttir
      Reply

      How about Nord AVT 2017? Can’t find any information
      on it.

    10. Barbora Kralova
      Reply

      This one is extremely important 🙂
      https://www.facebook.com/events/1839910189562233/

      • Martina Eco
        Reply

        Definitely! When I wrote the article there was no info on the 2017 edition. I’ll edit the list soon!

    11. Christian Nielsen
      Reply

      Very useful article (for those in Europe…). If someone could write a similar one for the Americas, I would be grateful.

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