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]

15 TRANSLATION CONFERENCES AND LANGUAGE EVENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Elia Together 2019

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

Description
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.

Click here for the programme

 

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

Description

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!

Click here for the programme

 

Translation and Localization Conference

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

Description

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.

Click here for the programme

 

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

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

Click here for the programme

 

ITI Conference

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

Description
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.

Click here for the programme

 

Polyglot Gathering 2019

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

Description
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

Description
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

 

LocWorld40

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

 

8th Language Technology Industry Summit

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

Description
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

 

UTICamp

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

Description
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

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

 

MET Meeting 2019

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

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.

Programme not yet available

 

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.

Programme not yet available

 

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

 

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!

  • 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!

  • COMMENTS

    1. 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!

    2. Rakki Sison-Buban
      Reply

      Useful post!

    3. 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!

    4. 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!

    5. 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/

    6. 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 🙂

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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).

    13. giuseppina franich
      Reply

      thanks

    14. Nanna Gunnarsdóttir
      Reply

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

    15. 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!

    16. 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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