How much networking have you done so far this year? We’re well into 2019, but there are still plenty of language-industry events you can attend if you’re looking to make new connections and learn new skills to take your career or LSP to the next level.

Benefits of attending translation conferences and events

Registration to these events can be costly, but the return on investment could be immense whether you’re an LSPs, translation agency, or freelance translator.

Here are some of the benefits:

Grow your network

If you’re keen to expand your network of potential collaborators, attending translation conferences and events is one of the easiest ways to do so. Even the shyest of people will find themselves mingling with other professionally aligned, like-minded individuals from the world of translation.

Great CPD

Another major benefit is that it’s a great way to build on your education and skills. With access to high-quality, up-to-date, and diverse learning opportunities, it can make a nice change from the online-training formats, like webinars or online courses.

Raise your profile in the industry

You’ve got to a point in your career where you know you’ve got plenty to offer other language professionals, whether it’s sharing your skills, your experience, or your unique perspective. Language-industry events are the perfect places to interact and share your knowledge with others. The more you are recognized as an authority in your field, the easier it is to further your career. You could even apply to be a speaker at an event if you’re up for it!

Meet potential clients

Although you’re most likely to be meeting colleagues and other translation professionals, there’s always a chance of establishing fruitful relationships with potential clients at these events. The bonus is that it’s actually much easier to get people interested in your services and trust you if you meet them face to face. Also, the fact that you’re attending a paid event shows you’re a serious professional investing in your career or business.

Get social!

Last but not least, it’s a chance to get some social time in! We all know how lonely the translation profession can be so this is a great opportunity to get together and have fun with people who actually get what you do. Sure, you can interact and be “social” online, but it’s not the same as hanging out in a physical setting face to face.

Recommended translation conferences and events in 2019

But enough about the whys... here are the whats, whos, whens, and hows for you to put your intentions into action! Here’s our list of translation and localization events you can attend this year. Enjoy!

ALC Annual Conference

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation agencies, software tool providers

Dates: May 1–4, 2019

Location: Washington, D.C., USA

Organizer: Association of Language Companies

Link: https://www.alcus.org/mpage/ALC19homea

Registration Link: https://www.alcus.org/events/register.aspx?id=1182473&itemid=59761add-b08e-4636–9d5a-905a8217bfcf

Description: The 2019 Annual Conference marks the third ALC Leaders Forum. Speakers will tackle issues like how to boost employee engagement, how to improve organizational culture, and how to change personal behavior in organizations.

Notes: Smartcat is a sponsor of this event. We’d love to meet you there!

BP19 Translation Conference

Type: conference

For: translators, interpreters, LSPs and translation agencies

Dates: May 1–3, 2019

Location: Bologna, Italy

Organizer: BP Translation Conferences

Link: http://bpconf.com/

Registration Link: http://bpconf.com/shop/

Description: This conference features well-known names in the world of translation, including speakers like Tess Whitty and Jo Rourke. The program is divided into workshops on day one, sessions in three tracks on day two, and short talks on day three. Topics include SEO for translators, productivity hacks, retainer models, terminology extraction tools, the future of interpreting, GDPR, and social media for translators.

10th ABRATES International Translation and Interpretation Conference — “Professional Associations: Going Beyond Tomorrow”

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation and interpretation agencies, and freelancers

Dates: May 31 — June 2, 2019

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Organizer: ABRATES — Brazilian Association of Translators and Interpreters

Link: https://congresso.abrates.com.br/?lang=en

Registration Link: https://congresso.abrates.com.br/inscricoes/?lang=en

Description: This year marks ABRATES’s 45th anniversary as well as their 10th international conference. The main theme is professional associations. The conference will focus on how these entities play essential roles in a profession that is increasingly influenced by technology, and how we can adapt to these changes.

ICIT 2019 — International Conference on Interpreting and Translation

Type: conference

For: academics, scientists, researchers, and translators

Dates: June 11–12, 2019

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Organizer: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

Link: https://waset.org/conference/2019/06/copenhagen/icit

Registration Link: https://waset.org/apply/2019/06/copenhagen/ICIT?step=5

Description: Speakers will present and discuss recent innovations, trends, and practical challenges and solutions in the fields of interpreting and translation.

LocWorld40 Portugal — “Go Global, Be Global”

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation agencies, and freelancers in the localization industry

Dates: June 11–13, 2019

Location: Estoril, Portugal

Organizer: LocWorld

Link: https://locworld.com/events/locworld40-portugal-2019/

Registration Link: https://locworld.com/registration/

Description: This year’s conference will delve into topics including how to strengthen your brand, how to better support customers, how to grow your presence, how to deal with local competition, and how to align local needs with a global strategy. There will be two keynote presentations as well as workshops, round tables, and networking events.

Game Global Summit Lisbon

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation agencies, and freelancers in the localization and gaming industry

Dates: June 18–19, 2019

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Organizer: LocWorld

Link: https://gameglobal.events/events/game-global-summit-lisbon-2019/

Registration Link: https://gameglobal.events/register/

Description: This is a two-day conference for the video game industry focusing on functional testing, localization, and localization testing. The conference provides a space for testers, localizers, designers, producers, and other players in the gaming industry to share their experience and research to help improve game localization.

8th Language Technology Industry Summit — “The sound of intelligence”

Type: conference

For: technology providers, users, and integrators, business leaders, researchers, investors & analysts

Dates: June 24–25, 2019

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Organizer: LT-Innovate - The Language Technology Industry Association

Link: https://www.lt-summit.com/the-sound-of-intelligence

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sound-of-intelligence-tickets-56040075374

Description: This is Europe’s biggest language-technology event addressing the latest developments in multilingual intelligence. Program highlights include how language intelligence transforms business, neural machine translation as a solution, leveraging the financial industry services, and enriching virtual/augmented reality experiences.

TAUS Industry Leaders Forum — “Fixing the Translation Ecosystem”

Type: conference

For: senior executives and business owners in the global content industry

Dates: June 25–26, 2019

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Organizer: TAUS

Link: https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/77-taus-ceo-forum

Registration links: Individual — https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/77-taus-industry-leaders-forum/individual-registration, Group — https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/77-taus-industry-leaders-forum/group-registration

Description: This forum will be a small gathering of up to eighty executives in the global content industry. The topics covered will revolve around the need to build a healthy, AI-proof translation ecosystem. Objectives discussed include the development of human capital, establishing standards and metrics, and creating a secure data market.

TAUS Global Content Conference & Exhibits 2019 — “Future Proof your Global Content”

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation agencies, and freelancers

Dates: June 27–28, 2019

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Organizer: TAUS

Link: https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/84-taus-global-content-conference-exhibits-2019

Registration links: Individuals — https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/84-taus-global-content-conference-exhibits-2019/individual-registration, Groups — https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/84-taus-global-content-conference-exhibits-2019/group-registration

Description: This conference will be all about global content and global business, and topics include the impact of artificial intelligence on global content, automation, types of technology (e.g. cloud vs. on-premise), value-added services, and breakthroughs in technologies.

UTICamp-2019

Type: conference

For: everyone connected with the translation industry including novice and established translators, translation company managers, lecturers, students, software developers, and customers.

Dates: July 22–28, 2019

Location: Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine

Organizer: InText Translation Company

Link: https://utic.eu/en

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJVuGmpd7Aklqjjoa4oTizkhYORlkGz-hA_77ig5_mXfO2bQ/viewform

Description: This is a family-friendly, open-air conference at a campsite to learn about and discuss the latest market news and issues in the translation industry. There are presentations in three tracks: The Art of Translation, The Translation Business, and Translation Technology and Localization. There are plenty of workshops and training opportunities as well as social and cultural activities.

ICCLT 2019 — International Conference on Cognitive Linguistics and Translation

Type: conference

For: academics, scientists, researchers, and translators

Dates: July 22–23, 2019

Location: Rome, Italy

Organizer: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

Link: https://waset.org/conference/2019/07/rome/ICCLT

Registration Link: https://waset.org/apply/2019/07/rome/ICCLT?step=5

Description: Speakers will present and discuss recent innovations, trends, and practical challenges and solutions in the fields of cognitive linguistics and translation.

Machine Translation Summit

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation agencies, and freelancers working with or interested in MT

Dates: August 19–23, 2019

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Organizer: European Association for Machine Translation

Link: https://www.mtsummit2019.com/

Registration Link: https://www.mtsummit2019.com/registration

Description: This summit is for all players in the machine translation industry and includes a track for translators addressing topics like MT adoption, MT errors, ethical and MT confidentiality issues, the impact of MT on translators’ work, and neural MT. Contributors include MT researchers and developers, commercial MT users, and translators using MT.

Translation Forum Russia 2019

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation agencies, freelance and in-house translators and interpreters, producers of CAT tools and other translation-related software, and company managers

Dates: August 23–25, 2019

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

Organizer: Business Bureau of the Association of Interpreters

Link: http://tconference.ru/en/

Registration Link: http://tconference.ru/en/account/#tab-register

Description: This is the largest translation conference in Russia and is now in its tenth season. It will offer presentations, workshops, networking sessions, panel discussions, and round tables in four streams. The goals of the conference are to support the professional community, improve collaboration, share the latest tools and methods, and stimulate growth and learning among professionals and schools of translation and interpreting alike.

Notes: Smartcat is the general sponsor of this event. We’d love to meet you there!

EST Congress 2019 — “Living Translation: People, Processes, Products”

Type: conference

For: academics, researchers, translators, and interpreters

Dates: September 9–13, 2019

Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Organizer: Ilse Feinauer, Stellenbosch University

Link: http://www.est2019.com/

Registration Link: https://www.formdesk.com/millennium/Est_registration_2019

Description: The 9th Congress of the European Society for Translation Studies will be hosted by Stellenbosch University. Panel themes include the implications of complexity thinking for translation studies, feminist and queer translation, research ethics, technology-mediated translation, translation technologies for creative texts, and the use of data mining and big data approaches.

ICCLST 2019 — International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Statistical Translation

Type: conference

For: academics, scientists, researchers, and translators

Dates: September 18–19, 2019

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Organizer: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

Link: https://waset.org/conference/2019/09/amsterdam/ICCLST

Registration Link: https://waset.org/apply/2019/09/amsterdam/ICCLST?step=5

Description: Speakers will present and discuss recent innovations, trends, and practical challenges and solutions in the fields of computational linguistics and statistical translation.

ATA Conference 2019

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation agencies, and freelancers

Dates: October 23–26, 2019

Location: Palm Springs, California, USA

Organizer: American Translators Association

Link: https://www.atanet.org/conf/2019/

Registration Link: https://www.atanet.org/conf/2019/registration/

Description: This year marks the ATA’s 60th conference and offers over 170 conference sessions in 12 languages and a variety of specializations. Speakers include carefully selected professional translators and interpreters, educators, attorneys, physicians, CEOs, and managers. There are also plenty of opportunities to mingle including a collaborative brainstorming event and a job fair.

ICIT 2019 — International Conference on Interpreting and Translation

Type: conference

For: academics, scientists, researchers, and translators

Dates: October 23–24, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Organizer: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

Link: https://waset.org/conference/2019/10/london/ICIT

Registration Link: https://waset.org/apply/2019/10/london/ICIT?step=5

Description: Speakers will present and discuss recent innovations, trends, and practical challenges and solutions in the fields of Interpreting and Translation.

LocWorld41 Silicon Valley — “Go Global, Be Global”

Type: conference

For: LSPs, translation agencies, and freelancers in the localization industry

Dates: November 6–8, 2019

Location: Silicon Valley, California, USA

Organizer: LocWorld

Link: https://locworld.com/events/locworld41-silicon-valley-2019/

Registration Link: https://locworld.com/registration/ (Registration opens August 7, 2019.)

Description: This year’s conference will delve into topics including how to strengthen your brand, how to better support customers, how to grow your presence, how to deal with local competition, and how to align local needs with a global strategy. There will be two keynote presentations as well as workshops, round tables, and specific networking events.

Notes: Smartcat will be attending this event and we’d love to meet you there!

tcworld conference 2019

Type: conference

For: professionals in the world of technical communication

Dates: November 12–14, 2019

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Organizer: tcworld GmbH

Link: https://conferences.tekom.de/tcworld19/

Registration Link: https://conferences.tekom.de/tcworld19/registration/

Description: The tcworld conference is the world’s largest event for technical communication. Speakers are selected by independent tekom committees and prominent providers in the software and service industries present the creation, management, and quality of relevant information products.

Translating and Interpreting 4.0 — “New ways in the digital age”

Type: conference

For: freelance translators and interpreters, LSPs, and agencies

Dates: November 22–24, 2019

Location: Bonn, Germany

Organizer: German Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators

Link: https://www.uebersetzen-in-die-zukunft.de/home?lang=en

Registration Link: https://www.uebersetzen-in-die-zukunft.de/anmeldung/anmeldung_vornehmen

Description: The three-day conference will focus on how the digital age is changing the role of translators and interpreters, relationships with customers, and how language services are provided. Business-model solutions for freelance translators and interpreters, LSPs, and in-house translators will be explored.

What translation-related events would you recommend?

We always like to hear about our readers’ first-hand experiences; have you attended a language-industry event recently? Or perhaps you’ve just registered for an upcoming translation conference and are super excited about it? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Why did you choose the event and what do you hope to get out of it?

What other language-industry events or conferences would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!