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Translating and interpreting for our citizens

The 18th annual University Conference will take place on 27th and 28th March 2014


For the first time, the conference is organised in collaboration with DG Translation around the general theme of "Translating and interpreting for our citizens".

400 participants will attend the conference, including representatives from other international institutions, 160 different universities from Member States and candidate countries, as well as participants from China, Russia, Africa, Canada and the USA. 

The first day of the conference will bring interpreters and translators together with four intriguing topics, presented by professionals from all over the world:

  • "Language policy and linguistic justice in the European Union: Is monolingualism more effective and fair than multilingualism?", MicheleGazzola, Marie Curie Research Fellow, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
  • "The implementation of Directive 2010/64/EU on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings", Gonçalo Braga da Cruz, DG Justice
  • "Interpreter and Translator Education at the University of Maryland: The Public Service Dimension", David B. Sawyer, Director, Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation, University of Maryland
  • "Translation and Interpreting in national public administrations. The Conference of Translation Services of European States (COTSOES)", Timothy Chamberlain, Head of Language Services, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The programme for the second day is divided in two sections dedicated respectively to interpretation and translation. The interpretation talks will focus on new trends and new technologies for interpreters, such as the use of tablets and the new e-learning project for student interpreters called "SCICtrain". In addition, the Leopoldo Costa Prize 2014 will be awarded for the 12th time in the annual essay contest for students who are in receipt of a bursary from DG Interpretation. You can look at the detailed programme of the event here. external link 

Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth will address and close the conference on March 28.

Do you want to take part in the conference? Although the event is by invitation only, everybody who is interested will have the opportunity to follow the conference and ask questions in real time via our webstream. The link and contact information will be available on DG Interpretation's websiteexternal link on the day, so please follow our Facebook pageexternal link for updates. If you are unable to watch the event live, you can always find the videos, speeches and presentations on the website at a later stage.