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: 20 June 2017]

15 TRANSLATION CONFERENCES AND LANGUAGE EVENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Translation and Language Teaching – TLT 2017

Organised by the University of Maribor
When: 7-8 September 2017
Where: Maribor, Slovenia
Price: €120 (ca. £105) – discounts available

Description
In the past, translation has always occupied a rather extreme and contentious role in language education: it was considered either essential, e.g. within the grammar-translation method, or disadvantageous, e.g. under various pedagogical and didactic approaches that favoured a communicative focus and monolingual teaching. In recent years, however, an increasing number of pleas have been made for a more balanced examination of this role and for contributions that would objectively assess the effects of translation in real-life language classroom settings. This plea has provoked a flurry of new research attempting to re-establish the relative merits of translation in foreign language teaching. Drawing upon convergences between the two disciplines that have emerged as a result of recent research, the conference attempts to continue the dialogue between Translation Studies and Foreign Language Didactics with a view to providing a forum for international researchers and practitioners from both disciplines.

Programme not yet available

 

2017 Language Industry Summit

Organised by the Association of Translation Companies
When: 21-22 September 2017
Where: London, UK
Price: £340 (ca. €385) – discounts available

Description
The Summit will address a wide range of issues affecting the successful operation of LSPs.

Click here for the programme

 

DRONGO Talenfestival

Organised by DRONGO committee
When: 29-30 September 2017
Where: Utrecht, Netherlands
Price: N/A

Description
Thousands of visitors and a full program with activities, presentations, shows and an interactive trade and information fair make the DRONGO language festival the biggest language festival in the Netherlands. The DRONGO language festival is for everyone who is interested in language, wants to learn new languages or works with language. So come and explore the fun, culture and beauty of language!

Click here for last year’s programme

 

ICIQ3

Organised by the ICIQ3 Committee
When: 5-7 October 2017
Where: Granada, Spain
Price: €180 (ca. £150) – discounts available

Description
This conference is intended as a platform for fruitful dialogue on interpreting quality. The conference will address a number of topics, including, but not limited to the following: quality criteria in different interpreting settings, user expectations and needs, quality perception and quality measurement, quality assurance in the interpreting process, non-professional interpreting, method transfer across disciplines.

Programme not yet available

 

Language Show Live London

Organised by Upper Street Events
When: 13-15 October 2017
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 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 last year’s programme
BONUS: If you missed my presentation at the Language Show, you can find the slides and the videos here.

 

MET Meeting 2017

Organised by Mediterranean Editors & Translators
When: 26-28 October 2016
Where: Brescia, Italy
Price: €320 (ca. £270) – 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 last year’s 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.

Click here for last year’s programme

 

Translation Technology Terminology Conference

Organised by Iolar
When: 9-10 November 2017
Where: Bled, Slovenia
Price: N/A

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 last year’s programme

 

Nordic Translation Industry Forum

Organised by Anne-Marie Colliander Lind and Cecilia Enback
When: 22-24 November 2017
Where: Helsinki, Finland
Price: N/A

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.

Programme not yet available

 

Translating and the Computer

Organised by Asling
When: 16-17 November 2017
Where: London, UK
Price: N/A

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 last year’s 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.

Programme not available

 

Together

Organised by Elia (European Language Industry Association)
When: N/A
Where: N/A
Price: N/A
Description
Together is Elia’s new initiative aiming to:

  • Bring freelance language professionals and companies together in the same place by creating an environment that facilitates dialogue and mutual growth,
  • Provide a unique venue for all stakeholders in the language industry and let them openly discuss how they can develop their networks and expand the services offered to an increasingly demanding market.

Click here for last year’s programme

 

Language Show Live Scotland

Organised by Upper Street Events
When: N/A
Where: N/A
Price: Free
Description
Language Show Live is Scotland’s largest exhibition for anyone with a passion for languages. Spanning two days, the event will offer you the chance to attend over 30 CPD certified seminars and workshops, meet the best language suppliers with over 80 exhibitors, and network with thousands of other language teachers, learners, translators and linguists who love languages as much as you.

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: N/A
Description
[2017] Concentrating on enhancing your knowledge about the industry, this year’s conference theme is “Level up!”.
We’re aiming to cover advanced aspects of many topics, underlining the importance of practical advice shared by industry experts.

  • Over 40 advanced workshops, presentations and debates
  • A unique opportunity to meet with LSPs, translators and end clients
  • An interesting location with an intense culture-related program
  • The chance to network with clients, suppliers and agencies
  • A variety of topics, from business development to artificial languages

Click here for last year’s programme

 

BP CONFERENCE 2018

Organised by B+B Mezzofanti Bt.
When: N/A
Where: N/A
Price: N/A
Description
Day 1 will be held in a beautiful belle epoque cinema, with a series of short, but compelling and informative talks (20 minutes each), while Day 2 will take place in a more familiar setting: 3 parallel sessions with presentations / workshops.

Click here for the 2017 programme

 

LocWorld

Organised by The Localization Institute and MultiLingual Computing, Inc.
When: N/A
Where: N/A
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.

Click here for the 2017 programme

 

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, 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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