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 updated on a regular basis. Last update: 24 July 2019]

*Please note that there are currently only 10 events on the list as the majority of conferences for 2020 are yet to be announced.

15 TRANSLATION CONFERENCES AND LANGUAGE EVENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Machine Translation Summit 2019

Organised by European Association for Machine Translation
When: 19-23 August 2019
Where: Dublin, Ireland
Price: €695 (ca. £620) – discounts available

Description
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.

Click here for the programme

 

Language Industry Summit

Organised by ATC
When: 19-20 September 2019
Where: London, UK
Price: £500 – discounts available

Description
The Summit programme includes a look at the accelerating M&A trends within and outside the language services industry, including the use of automation, AI and MT in innovation and as an enabler of global communications. Alongside the main programme, there will be a Small Business initiative, with focused, business-led sessions and case studies for building your business.

Click here for the programme

 

MET Meeting 2019

Organised by Mediterranean Editors & Translators
When: 26-28 September 2019
Where: Split, Croatia
Price: €315 (ca. £280) – discounts available

Description
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.

Click here for the programme

 

MEET Central Europe

Organised by MEET Central Europe
When: 10-11 October 2019
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Price: €299 (ca. £265) – discounts available

Description

The goal of the Meet Central Europe 2019 Conference is to provide you with maximum return on your time and cost investment. Our aim is to provide you with knowledge, skills and contacts that you can take away with you and apply in your work environment.

Click here for the programme

 

ICIT 2019

Organised by WASET
When: 23-24 October 2019
Where: London, United Kingdom
Price: £250 – discounts available

Description

The 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.

Click here for the programme

 

Language Show Live London

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

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 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.

Click here for the programme

 

ExpoLingua Berlin

Organised by ICWE
When: 22-23 November 2019
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.

Programme not yet available

 

Translating and Interpreting 4.0

Organised by BDÜ
When: 22-24 November 2019
Where: Bonn, Germany
Price: €599 (ca. £535) – discounts available

Description
The conference will place the focus on how the digital revolution is altering the work of translators and interpreters, cooperation with customers, and the provision and procurement of language services, and thus puts many business models of free-lance translators and interpreters, language service providers, and in-house translating services to the test.

Programme not yet available

 

Elia Together 2020

Organised by Elia
When: 27-28 February 2020
Where: Milan, Italy
Price: N/A

Description

Together’s mission is simple: to strengthen our industry by bringing language service companies and independent language professionals together in a positive, collaborative environment. The theme for our fifth edition of Together is —most appropriately — Better Together and will feature two tracks: best practice for freelancers and LSPs, and looking ahead: trends and tools.

Programme not yet available

 

BP Conference 2020

Organised by B+B Mezzofanti Bt. & Csaba Bán
When: 24-25 April 2020
Where: Nuremberg, Germany
Price: N/A

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

Programme not yet available

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

  • Thanks for sharing this list, great to know the Polyglot event is taking place nearby and others around Europe.

    There is a new event for freelancers as well as translation companies: Meet Central Europe which is taking place in Budapest at the end of October 2018. It is created by 4 national translation associations from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The inaugural event is aimed at translator/companies relations. For details check out http://www.meetcentraleurope.com or contact as at hello@meetcentraleurope.com

  • I feel blessed to find this precious information, thank you very much!

    I am a fresh graduate, living in Indonesia. Despite the above events are around Europe, these motivates me even more to grow up!

  • Hello Martina!

    My name is Alyona. I am a PR Manager of UTIC, Ukrainian Translation Industry Camp and I’m writing to know if is possible to include the information about our conference to your event calendar for 2019.
    Our next conference UTICamp-2019 will take place on July 22-28 in 2019 near Dnipro (https://utic.eu/en) and I wonder if you could place the dates in the calendar for 2019.
    Just a few words about UTICamp: it has been organized since 2013. Two previous events, in 2013 and 2014, drew 300+ industry professionals from all around the world to the capital city of Kyiv, Ukraine.
    At 2015 the conference was held in online webinars format.
    In the summer of 2016, UTICamp. was held as an open-air event in the woods on a river bank.
    UTICamp-2016 was attended by participants аnd presenters from 11 countries and became a platform for professional networking as well as a place for having a rest with families and friends.

    Thank you in advance!

  • This is such a great list! Thanks for taking the time to gather them all in one place! Thanks for sharing such an informative blog about the Translation and Localization events and conferences throughout the world. Once again thanks for taking the time to gather them all in one place! I have also read a fabulous post related to this blog and would like to share – https://aussietranslations.com.au/blog/translation-and-localization-events-and-conferences-throughout-the-world-in-2019/

  • Hello Martina!

    My name is Heidi and I’m with AM Global and we’re hosting a conference in South Korea, Asian Media on a Global Scale. We’d love to see you include us in your calendar for 2019 conferences.
    Our conference will be at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul from Sept 30th to Oct 2nd. This conference is for linguists, media production companies, media streaming companies, broadcasters, etc. and is all about Asian Media moving beyond borders and localization in these efforts.

    With the explosion of Asian media worldwide, it’s important to understand both the benefits and challenges in the media with content from all of Asia.

    Asian Media on a Global Scale will explore different components of this process, enhance your understanding of the market, and help you visualize the marketing and financial benefits. Panel topics include Media & Technology, Accessibility in Media, Media Beyond Borders, Localization Done Right, and Asian Media Explosion.

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Heidi,
      Thank you for sharing your event. This list is dedicated to European events only, but if I ever create an article about events worldwide I will surely keep this in mind.
      Have a nice day!

  • COMMENTS

    1. Alyona Vlasenko
      Reply

      Hello Martina! My name is Alyona Vlasenko, I’m a PR manager of UTICamp conference. Thank you very much for such a great list of translation industry conferences, it’s really helpful!

      Could you please add the UTICamp-2020 conference for 2020?
      Dnipro, Meteorite campsite (Ukraine): 20-26 July, 2020
      You can check our website for more details: http://utic.eu/en

      Breef description:
      If you want a quite different experience, join the Ukrainian Translation Industry campsite (UTICamp) that will be held at Dnipro, Ukraine from July 20-26, 2020. It takes communication between industry experts to a different level and helps strengthen bonds and build connections.
      On the campsite, you will learn the latest translation news, discuss related issues, and have a good time outdoors with friends and family.

    2. Aleksey
      Reply

      Hello everyone. Here is awesome list of key translation and localization events https://www.smartcat.ai/blog/20-key-translation-and-localization-events-for-language-professionals-in-2019/

    3. Heidi Lyon
      Reply

      Hello Martina!

      My name is Heidi and I’m with AM Global and we’re hosting a conference in South Korea, Asian Media on a Global Scale. We’d love to see you include us in your calendar for 2019 conferences.
      Our conference will be at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul from Sept 30th to Oct 2nd. This conference is for linguists, media production companies, media streaming companies, broadcasters, etc. and is all about Asian Media moving beyond borders and localization in these efforts.

      With the explosion of Asian media worldwide, it’s important to understand both the benefits and challenges in the media with content from all of Asia.

      Asian Media on a Global Scale will explore different components of this process, enhance your understanding of the market, and help you visualize the marketing and financial benefits. Panel topics include Media & Technology, Accessibility in Media, Media Beyond Borders, Localization Done Right, and Asian Media Explosion.

      Thanks so much!

      • Martina Eco
        Reply

        Hi Heidi,
        Thank you for sharing your event. This list is dedicated to European events only, but if I ever create an article about events worldwide I will surely keep this in mind.
        Have a nice day!

    4. Alex Marsh
      Reply

      This is such a great list! Thanks for taking the time to gather them all in one place! Thanks for sharing such an informative blog about the Translation and Localization events and conferences throughout the world. Once again thanks for taking the time to gather them all in one place! I have also read a fabulous post related to this blog and would like to share – https://aussietranslations.com.au/blog/translation-and-localization-events-and-conferences-throughout-the-world-in-2019/

    5. Alyona Vlasenko
      Reply

      Hello Martina!

      My name is Alyona. I am a PR Manager of UTIC, Ukrainian Translation Industry Camp and I’m writing to know if is possible to include the information about our conference to your event calendar for 2019.
      Our next conference UTICamp-2019 will take place on July 22-28 in 2019 near Dnipro (https://utic.eu/en) and I wonder if you could place the dates in the calendar for 2019.
      Just a few words about UTICamp: it has been organized since 2013. Two previous events, in 2013 and 2014, drew 300+ industry professionals from all around the world to the capital city of Kyiv, Ukraine.
      At 2015 the conference was held in online webinars format.
      In the summer of 2016, UTICamp. was held as an open-air event in the woods on a river bank.
      UTICamp-2016 was attended by participants аnd presenters from 11 countries and became a platform for professional networking as well as a place for having a rest with families and friends.

      Thank you in advance!

    6. Rakki Sison-Buban
      Reply

      Useful post!

    7. Mutiara Rachmadini Effendi
      Reply

      I feel blessed to find this precious information, thank you very much!

      I am a fresh graduate, living in Indonesia. Despite the above events are around Europe, these motivates me even more to grow up!

    8. Michal Kmet
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing this list, great to know the Polyglot event is taking place nearby and others around Europe.

      There is a new event for freelancers as well as translation companies: Meet Central Europe which is taking place in Budapest at the end of October 2018. It is created by 4 national translation associations from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The inaugural event is aimed at translator/companies relations. For details check out http://www.meetcentraleurope.com or contact as at hello@meetcentraleurope.com

      • Martina Eco
        Reply

        Thank you for letting us know Michal, I’ll add this event to the list next time I update the article!

    9. AURORA HUMARAN
      Reply

      Thank you SO very much for mentioning our conference, Anna. Below is the link to our conference. Call for Papers is open now and closes on January 20th. Contact us at spainconference@iapti.org if you are interested in presenting/coming. See you in Valencia! https://www.iapti.org/SPconference/

    10. 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 🙂

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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).

    17. giuseppina franich
      Reply

      thanks

    18. Nanna Gunnarsdóttir
      Reply

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

    19. 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!

    20. 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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