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: 06 March 2018]

15 TRANSLATION CONFERENCES AND LANGUAGE EVENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

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 the 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.

Click here for the programme

 

BP CONFERENCE 2018

Organised by B+B Mezzofanti Bt. & Csaba Bán
When: 19-20 April 2018
Where: Vienna, Austria
Price: €318 (ca. £285)

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

Click here for the programme

 

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

 

APTRAD’s 2nd International Conference

Organised by APTRAD
When: 17-19 May 2018
Where: Porto, Portugal
Price: €330 (Ca. £295) – discounts available

Description
The conference, based on the theme “Translation challenges over the next decade and how to address them”, will explore the challenges of a professional freelance translator and/or interpreter during the next decade and how to address and overcome them.

Click here to see 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

 

CIUTI 2018

Organised by CTISS
When: 30-31 May 2018
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Price: £95

Description
The digital era, characterized by technology which increases the speed and breadth of knowledge turnover within the economy and society, now embraces every aspect of our lives. The impact of new technologies is changing the very nature of language and communication, causing adjustment in every aspect of who says what, to whom, how, why, and with what effect. These developments interact in increasingly complex, pivotal and pervasive ways with demographic shifts, caused by war, economic globalisation, changing social structures and patterns of mobility, environmental crises, and other factors. Translators and interpreters attempt to keep up with these shifts. This conference is designed to reflect upon the innovations in research, practice and training that are associated with this turbulent landscape.

Programme not yet available

 

Polyglot Gathering 2018

Organised by E@I
When: 30 May – 3 June 2018
Where: Bratislava, Slovakia
Price: €140 (ca. £125) – discounts available

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 availble

 

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

 

eTransFair

Organised by the Centre for Interpreter and Translator Training of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
When: 28-29 September 2018
Where: Budapest, Hungary
Price: N/A

Description
The conference will address several issues from the aspect of training needs and will attempt to discuss e.g. what skills translators, interpreters and T/I trainers will need to have in 2-5 years’ time to succeed in their jobs; how trainers will need to assess students to best reflect market requirements, or how the latest trends in the digital market have shaped the language industry and what responses the academia can give to keep up with the speed, and to maintain employability.

Programme not yet available

 

MET Meeting 2018

Organised by Mediterranean Editors & Translators
When: 4-6 October 2018
Where: Girona, Spain
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.

Click here for the programme

 

Language Show Live London

Organised by Upper Street Events
When: 9-11 November 2018
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.

Programme not yet available

 

Canary Translators Conference

Organised by Nicole König
When: 15-18 November 2018
Where: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Price: N/A

Description
Coming soon

Programme not yet available

 

ExpoLingua Berlin

Organised by ICWE
When: 16-17 November 2018
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 QE Summit 2018

T-Update on Management and Sales

Retro Live

LT Industry Summit

WordFast Forward 2018

Game Global Forum

LocWorld 37

Sense 2018

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!

  • COMMENTS

    1. Rakki Sison-Buban
      Reply

      Useful post!

    2. 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!

    3. 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!

    4. 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/

    5. 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 🙂

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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).

    12. giuseppina franich
      Reply

      thanks

    13. Nanna Gunnarsdóttir
      Reply

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

    14. 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!

    15. 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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