Conferences are back. With the lifting of many COVID-19 measures, large-scale, in-person events such as conferences, expos, and trade shows have returned. Translation and localisation conferences are no exception, with a full slate of events scheduled to take place over the next year.
Luckily, even if you can’t attend in person, many events feature a hybrid component. So if COVID-19 measures make a return, or the associated costs of travel, lodging, and food are too much for your budget, you don’t have to miss out.
Why Attend a Translation or Localisation Event
Whether you’re a project manager in need of a new translator or translation agency, a QA professional looking to automate certain processes, or a translator searching for feedback on CAT tools, attending one of these events is a surefire way to meet the right people and expand your professional contacts.
Introduce Your Product to New Markets
Translation and localisation are keys to success in today’s globalised world. The industry grew by nearly 12 per cent in 2021.
If you’re looking to unveil your product in a new market, you’ll undoubtedly need to consider translation and localisation of your marketing materials, technical documentation, website, and branding. At events like these, you’re sure to find helpful information and individuals.
Learn New Tools of the Trade
Whether finding new ways to communicate with clients, using a CAT tool more productively, or expanding your outreach with social media, attending a translation conference helps you improve both practical and business skills.
Keep Up with Industry Trends
Every industry undergoes transitions and the fields of translation and localisation are no different. From machine translation and automation to translating and localising for the metaverse, these events are the perfect place to keep up with the latest developments.
Translation and Localisation Conferences in 2022
It may already be September, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until 2023 to attend a translation or localisation conference. Many great events are happening between now and the end of the year.
1. AMTA 2022
Hosted by the North American component of the International Association for Machine Translation, AMTA 2022 is the premiere event for machine translation. This year’s conference brings together MT users, researchers, and providers of MT technology from academia, industry, and government. The hybrid event provides in-person networking opportunities and virtual access for remote participants.
Date: September 12-16, 2022
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
2. NORDIC Techkomm
While NORDIC Techkomm is primarily focused on technical communication and user experience, the conference presents great content for translators. The programme is centred around intelligent information. Participants can look forward to international experts presenting on topics such as best practices in software translation, advanced functionalities of translation management systems, agile project management, and customer interaction and collaboration.
Dates: September 21-22, 2022
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
3. Networking Days
One of two events organised by the European Language Industry Association (elia), Networking Days is all about connecting and sharing knowledge with other language industry stakeholders. With discussion groups and sessions on subjects related to the language industry business, it’s an unmissable chance to connect with peers in the translation and localisation industry.
Dates: September 29-30, 2022
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
KTLC bills itself as the event for the whole translation and localisation industry. It’s one of the largest events in Europe. This year’s conference is all about “Power”. Attendees can expect to get inspired by topics such as giving power back to human translators and interpreters while harnessing the power of machines, language industry superpowers, and powering up your team.
Date: September 29 – October 1, 2022
Location: Warsaw, Poland
5. Meet Central Europe
Meet Central Europe is a must-attend for translation and localisation professionals, freelancers and language service companies, project managers, and even CEOs. Better yet, the event is both a conference and a job fair aiming to provide you with knowledge, skills, and contacts.
Dates: October 12-14, 2022
Location: Samorin, Slovakia
Organised by the American Translators Association, ATA63 is a perfect event for those seeking to learn and network. Attracting translators, interpreters, and company owners from over 50 countries, this year’s conference is sure to offer participants innovative ways to enhance their skills and grow their businesses.
Dates: October 12-15, 2022
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
7. TAUS Massively Multilingual Conference & Expo
This in-person event assembles industry specialists and thought leaders for presentations, pitches, and panel discussions focused on language data work in artificial intelligence and machine learning. What’s more, the Massively Multilingual Expo features demonstrations of the latest innovations and valuable networking opportunities.
Dates: October 11-13, 2022
Location: San Jose, California, USA
LocWorld is more than just a translation and localisation conference. It’s a leading industry event for international business and global website management. After all, localisation is more than just good translation. It’s what allows your brand to reach people all over the world in a way that’s meaningful to them.
Dates: November 1-3, 2022
Location: Silicon Valley, California, USA
One of the biggest events for technical communicators and language professionals, tcworld isn’t strictly a conference for translation and localisation. But it still offers plenty to those in the industry. From terminology and software documentation to virtual reality and user experience, attendees can access hundreds of presentations, the tekom fair featuring product exhibitions, and the Technology Days virtual conference.
Dates: November 8-10 2022
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Globalsaké planned four events for 2022 and there’s still time to catch the last one. Themed “Geo-Fit”, the programme includes presentations from localisation and tech industry leaders focused on growth strategies, how they differ internationally, and what can be learned from those case studies.
Date: December 1, 2022
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Translation and Localisation Conferences in 2023
If you can’t attend an event in 2022, here’s a preview of what’s coming in 2023.
11. Together 2023
Together is elia’s other event. It aims to provide a forum for open discussion on improving relationships and efficiency in the translation and localisation industry. By convening freelance language professionals and language service companies, Together is dedicated to fostering dialogue and collaboration.
Dates: February 23-24, 2023
Location: Rome, Italy
12. GALA 2023
Hosted by GALA, the Globalization and Localization Association, this yearly conference is an opportunity to connect with diverse companies and professionals in the fields of translation and localisation, machine translation, multilingual content creation, quality assurance, and more.
Dates: March 12-15, 2023
Location: Dublin, Ireland
13. Hannover Messe
Hannover Messe is one of the largest industry trade shows globally. Dedicated to industrial transformation, at Hannover Messe you’ll have the chance to stay abreast of industry trends and interact with a global audience of thousands including decision-makers, market leaders, startups, exhibits, and solutions.
Dates: April 17-21, 2023
Location: Hannover, Germany
14. International Association of Applied Linguistics World Congress
This week-long event sets out to emphasise that language and real-world problems are interconnected. The theme of the World Congress is “Diversity and social cohesion in a globalized world: towards more committed language sciences”.
Dates: July 17-21, 2023
Location: Lyon, France
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