Calendar for the translation industry, 1st half of 2017

A list of events in the translation industry for the first half of 2017

January 2017

What: MLA 2017

When: January 5th to 8th

Where: Philadelphia, Pennyslvania USA


The 2018 MLA Annual Convention will be held in New York City from 4 to 7 January. The presidential theme for the convention is #States of Insecurity.

February 2017

What: Together 2017

When: February 23rd and 24th

Where: Berlin, Germany


Together is Elia’s initiative dedicated to bringing together freelance translators and language service companies for constructive dialogue and mutual growth. Our aim is to provide a unique venue for all stakeholders in the language industry to openly discuss how to improve relationships and efficiency.

The focus for 2017 is Communicating for Success and features three tracks – Relationships, Processes and Technology – and builds on the success of the first Together event (February 2016) which focused on Developing our Connections.

This event is for anybody who believes in the power and possibilities of strong relationships between freelance translators and language companies.

What: 6th Bremen Symposium

When: February 24th and 25th

Where: University of Bremen, Germany


Curriculum development, assessment of linguistic achievement, materials development, educational standards – for more than 15 years, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages has been considered an established framework which provides orientation and ideas for the various contexts in which learning and teaching foreign languages takes place.
On a practical level, limitations to the applicability of the CEFR have also become apparent, and there are certain aspects which the present scales and theoretical descriptions of the CEFR do not (sufficiently) take into account as yet, such as the specific features of language teaching at universities. These limitations and gaps must be discussed on both the practical level and also in relation to its theoretical foundations in order for there to be constructive further development.
The 6th Bremen Symposium would like to offer a platform to present possible approaches for solving the problem of how to deal with the limitations and gaps of the CEFR. Contributions could focus on task-based language learning, dealing with heterogeneity, plurilingualism, interculturality or learner autonomy, for example. Empirical, practical or theoretical approaches can also be presented and discussed.

What: LocWorld Shenzhen

When: February 28th to March 2nd

Where: Shenzhen, China


March 2017

What: 8th International Conference of Iberian Association of Translation and Interpreting (AIETI8)

When: March 8th to 10th

Where: Madrid, Spain


The University of Alcalá (UAH) and AIETI are pleased to announce the 8th International Conference of the Iberian Association of Translation and Interpreting (AIETI8), which will take place from 8th to 10th March 2017 at the University of Alcalá.

AIETI 8 will take place in the historic centre of the charming medieval city of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain), birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and classified as World Heritage site by UNESCO, in two historical buildings, Colegio de San Ildefonso and Colegio S. José de Caracciolos, both founded between 1610 and 1620.

The historical campus is located in the city centre of Alcalá de Henares, only 30 kilometres from Madrid.

What: The Translation and Localization Conference 2017 (TLC 2017)

When: March 24th and 25th

Where: Warsaw, Poland


Concentrating on enhancing your knowledge about the industry, this year’s conference theme is “Level up!”.

We’re aiming to cover the advanced aspects of many topics, underlining the importance of practical advice and solutions shared by industry experts.

What: GALA 2017

When: March 26th to 29th

Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands


What: 8th Annual International Conference

When: March 27th and 28th

Where: Doha, Qatar


21st Century Demands: Translators and Interpreters towards Human and Social Responsibilities

What: Intelligent Content Conference

When: March 28th to 30th

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada USA


Successfully plan, create, and deliver strategic content

When, where, and how your audience wants it

Are you serious about putting content to work in your business? Then this is your event.

ICC 2017 Las Vegas is the one content strategy event specifically designed for marketing practitioners. Our goal is the movement away from the copy/paste mentality of most marketers, toward a format-free, modular and single-source approach to content creation and distribution.

We’ll be offering courses ranging from beginner to advanced, served to you from the leading practitioners, consultants and authors from around the world. So whether you don’t have a clue where to start (we have you covered there) or are looking to optimize your already wicked content strategy, we have an ICC session for you.

April 2017

What: Monterey Forum 2017

When: April 1st and 2nd

Where: Monterey, CA USA


The theme of Monterey Forum 2017 is The Future of Localization Training: Keeping Pace with an Evolving Industry.

The localization industry often moves at a rapid pace, imitating the software development industry, and requiring quick adaptation to changing technologies and markets. Monterey Forum 2017 will address how localization professionals and educators can adjust curriculum to reflect the latest trends in the industry. One of the major challenges we face is how to train people new to the industry, while simultaneously challenging those with industry experience themselves to expand their skill sets.

What: MadWorld 2017

When: April 2nd to 5th

Where: San Diego, CA USA



What: 1st World Congress on Translation Studies

When: April 10th to 14th

Where: Nanterre, France


General Description

The World Congress on Translation Studies, initiated by the French Society for Translation Studies (SoFT), will take place every three years. Its aim is to review this vast field of research and define collectively and officially its orientations in order to affirm its autonomy.

Its work will focus firmly on the most pertinent and recent conceptual and methodological developments while taking into consideration the three principal branches of the discipline: the history, practice and theories of translation.

The Congress is open to all specialists (researchers, teachers and translators) who are currently reflecting on translation theory and practice.

What: 12th EUATC International Conference

When: April 20th and 21st

Where: Berlin, Germany


What: SpeechTEK 2017

When: April 24th to 26th

Where: Washington, DC USA


New uses of speech technologies are changing the way people interact with companies, devices, and each other. Speech frees users from keyboards and tiny screens and enables valuable, effective interactions in a variety of contexts. Find out more when you attend SpeechTEK 2017!

May 2017

What: ND Focus – Elia’s networking days for Executives

When May 4th and 5th

Where: Chania, Crete


ND Focus – Elia’s networking days for Executives brings industry decision-makers together and offers a unique structured format to foster thought-provoking discussion built around an agenda.

  • Participation is exclusive to a select number enabling direct exchange of experience and insights
  • Focused content is targeted to a specific audience and relevant to participants
  • Structured group sessions have a clear scope to explore industry challenges
  • Established industry leaders moderate and contribute to uncover best practice and find solutions
  • Participants share their experience and become part of the conference
  • With direct peer-to-peer networking to develop and strengthen working relationships

What: BP17 Translation Conference

When: May 4th to 6th

Where: Budapest, Hungary


What: ITI Conference 2017

When: May 18th to 20th

Where: Cardiff UK


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 2015, the ITI Conference welcomed over 300 translators and interpreters from over 20 countries to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was a resounding success. By popular demand, in 2017, the ITI Conference makes a return to Cardiff, on 19 & 20 May. There will also be a day of preconference workshops and masterclasses on Thursday 18 May. This makes Cardiff the first city outside of London to play host to the ITI Conference twice.

What: 21st Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (Nodalida 2017)

When: May 22nd to 24th

Where: Gothenburg, Sweden


What: Translation Forum Russia

When: 26th to 28th

Where: Ufa, Russia



Is the most ambitious and reaching event in the language industry in Europe and across the former Soviet Union countries. Every year it brings together 300-600 participants including representatives of such international organisations as the European Commission, UN Information Centre, FIT Europe, the Belgian Chamber of Translators and Interpreters and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. It has been held annually since 2009.

June 2017

What: LocWorld Barcelona

When: June 14th to 16th

Where: Barcelona, Spain



Ref: Multilingual, JAN/FEB 2017


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