Sunday, 30 November 2014

Looking forward to the ITI Conference 2015

Today I have registered for the ITI’s next conference (for the Saturday only) to be held at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 23 until 25 April 2015. Its theme is ‘Renew, Rejuvenate, Regenerate – translating and interpreting in an evolving world’. The ITI Conference is a biennial event and attracts translators and interpreters from all over the UK and beyond.

Join us for the next ITI conference!

Since it is quite a distance between Bristol and Newcastle, I hadn’t been sure if I should attend the conference. However, I had already skipped the last one in 2013 as I didn’t find the venue overly appealing although I can see why Gatwick had been chosen as it was easy to reach for delegates from abroad. What’s more, I always enjoy conferences (for write-ups of previous ITI conferences see here, here and here). Therefore, I am now really excited about my upcoming foray north!

Overall, my reasons for deciding to attend are exactly those that Karin Krikkink describes on the conference blog: to make new friends and keep in touch with old ones, to network, to earn a few CPD […] points, to learn about what’s new in the industry, to get out of the office and spend a few days in a beautiful city abroad (let’s be honest, who doesn’t use conferences as a good excuse for a mini-vacation…), and perhaps most importantly to be inspired by all those colleagues who are also passionate about their jobs.

The most rewarding part of conferences to me personally, I think, is the chance to get out of the office for a couple of days to catch up with or get to know fellow translators and interpreters. I have so many wonderful colleagues, which is one of the aspects that make my job really worthwhile. However, as we mostly communicate online, I believe conferences offer the perfect opportunity to properly meet others in real life.

Meeting other translators in real life at conferences

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English is not my first language. Therefore, if you've just read this post and noticed any errors or unidiomatic expressions, please get in touch and let me know. Thank you so much!