Continuing education and networking is important for us translators. The industry is full of opportunities for this and here are some tips of a few upcoming conferences for translators and translation companies.
June 24-25: Proz’s first conference in the US. These conferences are quite popular in Europe and this is the first time they host a conference “over here”, in Hudson City, NJ, to be more precise. At the moment there are registrants from 16 countries. For more information visit: http://www.proz.com/conference/247?show_mode=conferences.
August 1-4: FIT XIX World Congress—Bridging Cultures in San Franciso, CA The Congress, which is held every three years, offers a unique focus on international and intercultural translation and interpreting. Events and activities provide plenty of time for networking and socializing. The Congress is being organized and hosted by ATA. For more information visit: http://www.fit2011.org/index.htm.
October 26-29: American Translators Associations 52nd annual conference in Boston, MA. Over 150 sessions covering a variety of languages and specializations, speakers from all over the world, networking and promotion of your services with over 1800 other colleagues. For more information visit: http://atanet.org/conf/2011/
There are likely other conferences that I have not mentioned here. Feel free to share if you know of some that you think are important for the translation industry. Personally, the investment in going to a conference like this has paid off within a few months, with new business, more knowledge and greater interaction with colleagues. I recommend picking one or two of these and combine it with a conference in the industry of your specialization.