How much networking have you done so far this year? We’re well into 2020, 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.

The short list of Translation and localization events

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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 2020

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 UnConference

Type: UnConference

For: Language Service Companies

Dates: January 23-25, 2020

Location: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Organizer: Association of Language Companies

Link: https://www.alcus.org/page/unconference2020

Registration Link: https://www.alcus.org/events/register.aspx?id=1259446&itemid=ec9458d3-6642-43a4-863c-791e41b74a4f

Description: With a focus on small roundtable discussions and networking, the unconference allows CEOs and directors of language service companies of various sizes to meet and discuss everything from staffing mergers and acquisitions to technology and sales.

Rendez-vous Ottawa 2020 (AILIA)

Type: Conference

For: Language Service Companies, Software tool providers

Dates: February 27-28, 2020

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Organizer: Language Industry Association (Canada)

Link: https://ailia.ca/event-3653658

Registration Link: https://ailia.ca/event-3653658/Registration

Description: Everyone is welcome to attend the association’s annual general meeting and a full-day conference program chock-full of outstanding speakers that will end with an evening reception.

TC WORLD INDIA

Type: Conference

For: Technical writers and language professionals

Dates: March 5-6, 2020

Location: Bangalore, India

Organizer: Tekom

Link: https://tcworld-india.com/

Registration Link: https://tcworld-india.com/the-event/registration/

Description: The conference will feature inspiring speakers who will share their insights into emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in the field of technical communication, as well as presentations, expert panel discussions, and focused workshops addressing a wide range of topics such as cloud, mobile and project management documentation, documentation standards, and video and content requirements.

#LocFromHome Online Conference

Type: Online Conference

For: Language Service Companies, Translation buyers, Freelance Translators

Dates: April 23, 2020

Location: Planet Earth

Organizer: Smartcat

Link: https://smtc.at/TOvYYj (open until April 10)

Description: We will take a look at the challenges the COVID-19 outbreak is bringing both inside and outside the language industry. We will also discuss how to grow your translation business and prepare your organization for the future.

TC WORLD CHINA

Type: Conference

For: Technical communicators and language professionals

Dates: May 20-21, 2020

Location: Shanghai, China

Organizer: tekom

Link: https://tcworld-china.cn/

Registration Link: https://www.tcworld-china.cn/en/ticket2020/

Description: The event's goal is to bring together national and international leaders and professionals as well as friends and partners of technical communication in an open dialogue, to exchange brilliant ideas and to develop solutions for specific TC challenges! Experts will share their experiences and best practices with solutions for China-specific challenges.Participants have the opportunity to participate in presentations, workshops, and interactive sessions.

LOCWORLD42 BERLIN

Type: Conference

For: Language Service Companies, Software tool providers, Localization professionals from buyers side

Dates: June 3-5, 2020

Location: Berlin, Germany

Organizer: Localization World, Ltd.

Link: https://locworld.com/

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

Description: Focusing on international business, translation, localization and global website management, the conference provides an opportunity for the exchange of high-value information in the language and translation services and technologies market for people responsible for communicating across the boundaries of language and culture in the global marketplace.

TAUS INDUSTRY LEADERS FORUM

Type: Forum

For: Language Service Companies

Dates: June 9-10, 2020

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Organizer: TAUS

Link: https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/123-taus-industry-leaders-forum-2020

Registration Link: https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/123-taus-industry-leaders-forum-2020/individual-registration

Description: Industry leaders representing the major buyers and providers of language services and technologies are invited to discuss the opportunities and challenges shared as an industry in the transformation towards a completely AI-driven economy.

UTICAMP-2020

Type: Conference

For: Language Service Companies, Software tool providers, translators

Dates: July 20-26, 2020

Location: Dnipro, Ukraine

Organizer: InText

Link: https://utic.eu/en

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvdJ8XSr0mayn6Zc1XTuIHe-XBBUyhZLXhJWD51EMFd2YSMg/viewform

Description: The Ukrainian Translation Industry campsite welcomes everyone interested in knowing the latest translation market news, discussing pressing issues, presenting their experience and having a good time outdoors with family, friends and colleagues.

Translation Forum Russia

Type: Conference

For: Language Service Companies, Translators, Software tool providers

Dates: August 21-23, 2020

Location: Kazan, 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 most ambitious and reaching event in the language industry in Europe and across the former Soviet Union countries. Every year it brings together 300-500 participants including representatives of such international organizations as the European Commission, UN Information Centre, FIT Europe, the Belgian Chamber of Translators and Interpreters and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

LocFromHome: The Online Language Industry Conference
Chapter II. Localization as a Living Organism 🐙

Type: Conference

For: Language service companies, Language buyers, Localization professionals

Dates: 9 September, 2020

Location: Virtual Event

Organizer: Smartcat

Link: www.locfromhome.com

Registration Link: www.locfromhome.com

Description: In translation and localization, we’re so often fixated on our day-to-day tasks that we forget to look at the sum of all the parts of our business put together. If you stop to look at the big picture, you’ll actually see a complex, living organism.
From the executive brain centers, through the nerves of localization engineering, to the muscles of individual productivity — it moves, breathes, and tirelessly adapts to the ever-changing environment of global demand.
What if we take this holistic approach and tackle the challenges in our industry as if we were healing a delicate organism — or making a healthy one become even stronger?

ALC 18th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Type: Conference

For: Language Service Companies, Software tool providers

Dates: 15-17 September, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Organizer: Association of Language Companies

Link: https://www.alcus.org/page/2020AnnualConference

Registration Link: https://www.alcus.org/page/2020AnnualConference

Description: The goal of the conference is to promote the professional stature and economic position of the language service industry through industry advocacy and professional development of language company owners and senior management.

GALA 2020

Type: UnConference

For: Language Service Companies, Software tool providers, Buyers and owners of global content.

Dates: September 20-23, 2020

Location: San Diego, California USA

Organizer: Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)

Link: https://www.gala-global.org/conference/gala-2020-san-diego

Registration Link: https://www.gala-global.org/conference/gala-2020-san-diego/registration

Description: The goal of the conference is to bring together the global content delivery community, including providers of language services, managers of global content and language technology developers, for high-value networking and candid peer-to-peer learning, all in an open and welcoming environment.

Translation and Localization Conference

Type: Conference

For: Freelancers, Translation agencies, Corporations, Academia

Dates: September 25-26, 2020

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Organizer: TLC Conferences

Link: https://www.translation-conference.com/

Registration Link: Soon

Description: The Translation and Localization Conference attracts hundreds of visitors from all around the world every year to Talk, Learn and Communicate together in Warsaw, Poland! This year together with the Polish day!

TAUS Global Content Conference & Exhibits 2020

Type: Conference

For: Language Service Companies, Buyers and owners of global content

Dates: September 28-30, 2020

Location: San Jose, California USA

Organizer: TAUS

Link: https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/120-taus-global-content-conference-exhibits-2020

Registration Link: https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/120-taus-global-content-conference-exhibits-2020/individual-registration

Description: Marking the fifteenth anniversary of TAUS, this year’s event focuses on the themes of powering language data and world-readiness, enabling discussions on strategies and opportunities for collaboration.

ELIA’S FOCUS ON EXECUTIVES

Type: Conference

For: Language Service Companies (Senior Executives)

Dates: October 19-20, 2020

Location: Rhodes, Greece

Organizer: Elia (European Language Industry Association)

Link: http://elia-association.org/focus-execs-2020

Registration Link: http://elia-association.org/together-2020/registration-form/

Description: The event brings industry decision-makers together and offers a unique structured format that allows attendees the opportunity to build and refine leadership skills, gain actionable insights, drive discussions shaping the industry, and network with the best industry minds and peers.

61ST ATA CONFERENCE

Type: Conference

For: translators, interpreters, Language Service Companies, Software tool providers

Dates: 21-24 October, 2020

Location: Boston, Massachusetts USA

Organizer: American Translators Association

Link: https://www.atanet.org/events/annual_conference.php

Registration Link: https://www.atanet.org/events/annual_conference.php

Description: Attendees are invited to advance their professional development and learn realistic ways to build, manage, and grow their businesses.

LOCWORLD VANCOUVER

Type: Conference

For: Language Service Companies, Software tool providers, Localization professionals

Dates: 27-29 October, 2020

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Organizer: Localization World, Ltd.

Link: https://locworld.com/events/locworld43-vancouver-2020/

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

Description: The conference is set to focus on the experience of end users from introductory user interface design to sales and follow up service.

TC WORLD 2020

Type: Conference

For: Technical Communication professionals, software and service providers

Dates: 3-5 November, 2020

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Organizer: tekom

Link: http://conferences.tekom.de/home

Registration Link: https://conferences.tekom.de/home/

Description: Attendees are invited to engage in direct interaction with experts from all sectors and countries and obtain premium information from the world of technical communication that can't be found on the Internet. Topics include content strategies, content design, information products, and many more.

EAMT 2020

Type: Conference

For: Translation and localization professionals, developers and users of Machine Translation

Dates: November, 2020

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Organizer: European Association for Machine Translation

Link: https://eamt2020.inesc-id.pt/

Registration Link: https://eamt2020.inesc-id.pt/#registration

Description: The conference brings together everyone interested in machine translation, and translation-related tools and resources ― developers, researchers, users, translation and localization professionals and managers. The research community will demonstrate their cutting-edge research and results, and professional MT users in the language industry will provide insight into successful MT implementation in business scenarios.

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!

The biggest translation conferences and events in 2019

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/ALC19home

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

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

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/

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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/

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/

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.

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/

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

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/

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

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/

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/

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

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.