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Conference Interpretation

DG Interpretation's annual flagship event was scheduled to take place today on 16 and tomorrow on 17 March 2020 in the Charlemagne building of the European Commission, with the theme "Interpretation, the added value of a profession".

The purpose of the conference was to focus on the benefits of multilingualism and accessibility through interpretation. Several speakers from different interpreting-related backgrounds (practitioners, trainers, users, etc.) were planned for the occasion with the objective of having a thought-provoking debate for the whole of the interpreting community.

Unfortunately, growing concerns over coronavirus spread and recommendations from the central services of the Commission about non-essential meetings have led to the cancellation of the event. Even if participants expressed their deepest regrets, they unanimously considered that the decision was the appropriate one at this moment.

Like every year, in the framework of this conference SCIC Unit B1 had organised the Young Interpreters Award contest for students who are in their final year of their master’s degree in conference interpreting. The theme of the contest was the same as the conference “Interpretation, the added value of a profession” as it was interesting to know students’ point of view. 28 students participated in the contest and we would like to greatly thank them for their participations. 

DG Interpretation’s Selection Committee has examined all entries and has chosen three of them. Although impossible to meet them in person and offer them the possibility of getting to know our service from the inside, we still want to pay tribute to our three promising colleagues, to their enthusiasm and commitment to the interpreting profession. The winners of this year’s edition of the contest are:

  • 1st prize winner: Aymeric JACQUIER from the University of Manchester
  • 2nd prize winner:  Kristina CHETCUTI from the University of Malta
  • 3rd prize winner: Floris GEYSENS from the Catholic University of Leuven.

Their speeches are available on the Knowledge Centre on Interpretation, and everybody is very welcome to read them. We are sure that they can be a source of inspiration for all of us.

Go to the dedicated community in the KCI and don’t forget to register through your EU login in order to have access to the essays of the students in the “Files” part.

We want to congratulate them on their achievement and wish them all the best in their future career as interpreters.