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Feb 2021
Together At Home
Online, 24 February - 26 February

About Together

Our world is changing faster than ever before with the advent of new technologies. Moreover, the current pandemic and the measures enacted worldwide have further driven the implementation of remote technologies in both professional and home environments. Elia’s Together 2021 gives us the chance to discuss the best partnership strategies in this rapidly evolving scenario.

PROGRAMME

Together aims at bringing together freelance language professionals and language service companies for constructive dialogue and mutual growth. This event is for anybody who believes in the power and possibilities of strong relationships between freelance language professionals and language companies.

The theme for our fifth edition of Together is Together At Home#eliatogether with two tracks moderated by experienced industry professionals.

  • 24 Feb
    Day 1
  • 25 Feb
    Day 2
  • 26 Feb
    Day 3
  • Track A: Best practices for freelancers and LSPs
  • Track B: Looking ahead - trends and tools
15:00–15:20
Event opening

15:20–15:25
Mini break

15:25–16:05
Keynote - Priorities in the language sector: Communicating our true value better

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Sarah Bawa Mason
University of Portsmouth
16:05–16:15
Mini break

16:15–16:45
Lost in communication - How the way you communicate impacts your translation quality

High-quality translations rely on teamwork. Every team member Show more...brings their own set of skills and knowledge to the table. In order to benefit from a combination of these skills and knowledge whilst creating valuable synergy effects and a productive team dynamic, communication has to be at the heart of all successful teamwork. This presentation focuses on communication as an important and often neglected factor in translation quality. Using examples from the day-to-day work of an LSP and its translators, we'll take a closer look at how project managers and translators really communicate and where and how communication problems arise. We will then discuss which solutions have helped us to communicate better in our daily work and which have not, and try to shine a light on how increasing automation influences our communications, especially taking into account the overwhelming amount of information in today's translation projects. Good communication is a key element in meeting the ever-rising quality standards and demands of clients. At the end of the day, LSPs and translators are pursuing the very same goals. Communicating these goals and the means to reach them effectively makes the crucial difference in working better together.

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Nicole Sixdorf
oneword
16:45–16:55
Mini break

16:55–17:25
Technology, money, time, and knowledge: An explosive mix or a recipe for success?

Services related to machine translation and new technologies are invariably in high demand. Show more... However, recruiting, vetting, fighting prejudice and knowledge gaps is still an arduous ordeal for both LSPs and translation vendors alike. How to tackle the fact that linguists do not receive appropriate training? How to help them overcome fear and reluctance? Should we unify different ways of dealing with quality objectives or rates settlement? How does the academia (and innovative approaches to syllabuses development) add to the equation? This presentation aims at provoking discussion about new language services between LSPs, academia, and freelancers.

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Maciej Krupiński
GET IT
17:25–17:30
Mini break

17:30–19:00
Free networking session

15:00–15:20
Event opening

15:20–15:25
Mini break

15:25–16:05
Keynote - Priorities in the language sector: Communicating our true value better

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Sarah Bawa Mason
University of Portsmouth
16:05–16:15
Mini break

16:15–16:45
Digital Platform Translation – Where are we now and where are we going?

Digital platforms have increasingly been used to conduct business Show more...activities within the language industry and as enablers of globalization activities through system integration. More and more translation activities are being pushed through automated or semi-automated workflows via digital platforms which attract professional and non-professional translators alike. But the term ‘digital platforms’ has been used somewhat generically, without the due acknowledgement of the differences between the different types of platforms, their business and operating models, philosophies, user interfaces, and actual practices amongst the platform operators, users and end clients. In this presentation, we will firstly define contemporary platform translation, discuss main types of platforms and workflows they enable. Secondly, we will discuss some of the most pertinent questions around platform translation such as copyright and ethical issues, interface usability, how they may affect the translation product, process and the working conditions for translators and their attitudes towards their work. Finally, we will present interim responses to a survey of translators on their use of platforms. The presentation will be interspersed with some live polls from the audience.

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Joss Moorkens
Dublin City University
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Joanna Gough
University of Surrey
16:45–16:55
Mini break

16:55–17:25
A 4-step framework to get high-quality leads and clients οn Linkedin

Step by step instructions on how to create a LinkedIn Prospecting Show more...Strategy that will get you a steady flow of high-quality translation leads. Have you ever wondered why you don’t get any results, clients from LinkedIn? What you might have been doing wrong when it comes to prospecting? How to turn your LinkedIn Profile from a static CV to a lead generation machine? Would you be interested in changing the whole idea you have about LinkedIn and how it works? In this presentation I will talk about the key mistakes most translators make when it comes to prospecting and how to solve them so as your LinkedIn Strategy to thrive over the long-term. How to follow-up, engage, and build relationships with your ideal clients. Step by step instructions on how to create a LinkedIn Prospecting Strategy that will get you a steady flow of high-quality translation leads. It will be mostly about outbound lead generation approach, the most powerful tool for generating B2B leads, clients, & sales, LinkedIn. This presentation is ideal for: Freelance translators, interpreters, language professionals and in general solopreneurs who want to get a steady flow of high-quality leads and clients from LinkedIn, month after month. Equally applicable for first time LinkedIn users and starting out translators and those who have been in the business for more than 5 years and want to demystify the LinkedIn Prospecting Strategy.

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Virginia Katsimpiri
17:25–17:30
Mini break

17:30–19:00
Free networking session

  • Track A: Best practice for freelancers and LSPs
  • Track B: Looking ahead - trends and tools
11:30–12:30
Topic-based networking session

12:30–13:30
Lunch break

13:30–14:00
Ten (+1) years later: A win-win cooperation between a freelancer and an LSP

In an ever changing and increasingly automated industry, a successful Show more...and long-term collaboration between a freelance supplier and an LSP is a hidden gem. Within the “Best practice for freelancers and LSPs” framework, we’d like to present a case study of a ten-year-old collaboration between Serena Tutino, a freelance translator and interpreter, and TDR Translation Company. Nadia Corti, PM at TDR, and Serena, will set forth a dual take on themes such the importance of personalisation, tips on how to maintain a good relationship, the impact of changes in the industry due to new technologies, and a job-wise perspective for higher education.

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Nadia Corti
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Serena Tutino
14:00–14:10
Mini break

14:10–14:40
Ethics for freelancers and LSPs, training translators and interpreters

This session will encompass a number of matters relating to ethics: Show more...Ethics as a topic on translator and interpreter training programmes Ethical issues in academic research in translation studies Ethics, translation companies and clients.

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Mary Phelan
Dublin City University
14:40–14:50
Mini break

14:50–15:20
Getting the feedback is useful - Getting it in useful form is even more so!

Case study on data visualizations providing localization vendors Show more...with structured and easily accessible feedback on their deliverables.

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Karel Mostek
Moravia
15:20–15:30
Mini break

15:30–16:00
When two worlds collide: Painful issues in the relationship between freelance translators and LSPs

Why things could go wrong between translators and LSPs - and what we should do (together! Show more...) to make it better.

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Laura Dossena
16:00–18:00
Together Fair & Free networking session

11:30–12:30
Topic-based networking session

12:30–13:30
Lunch break

13:30–14:00
Technology session - CAT Tools

14:00–14:10
Mini break

14:10–14:40
LSPs: liable/not liable for legal translations?

At the 2020 edition of Elia’s Together, John explored whether Show more...and when legal translators are liable for their translations. None of the respondents reported being litigated against. Surprisingly, few reported having to pay compensation under the terms of their agreements with LSPs. So, if legal translators are not being held liable, then who is? Is it the LSPs? Or is it no one, and liability is just a "spectre" in the legal translation landscape? In an attempt to redress the lack of research into this topic, this presentation shares the findings of a survey conducted among LSPs about liability for legal translations: Does it exist? How is it handled? What are LSPs doing to limit it?

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John O'Shea
Director, Jurtrans Translations
14:40–14:50
Mini break

14:50–15:20
Universal standards for RSI: A long way still

In the new normal, many things have changed for interpreters. Show more... Remote interpreting became a fact of our professional life. This relatively new mode of interpreting is still in its infancy in terms of standards. ISO/PAS 24019 of 2020 outlines the requirements and recommendations for simultaneous interpreting delivery platforms. In this presentation, I will offer an overview of these requirements and recommendations. I will also look at the changing work environment and how professional associations are dealing with it.

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Maha El-Metwally
Institute of Translation and Interpreting
15:20–15:30
Mini break

15:30–16:00
Surviving as a quality-oriented translator in the age of technology

Technology vs. quality: Are they "friends" or "foes". We will Show more...discuss the challenges of adapting in a technology-oriented market.

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Robert Sette
16:00–18:00
Together Fair & Free networking session

  • Track A: Best practice for freelancers and LSPs
  • Track B: Looking ahead - trends and tools
10:30–11:15
Leisure workshop - Yoga

11:15–11:30
Mini break

11:30–12:30
Topic-based networking session

12:30–13:30
Lunch break

13:30–14:00
Bridging the gap - Recruiting relationships

Toby will discuss what recruiting with an eye for synergy and Show more...potential relationships looks and feels like, sharing some top proven tips on best practice and how this will empower you to develop, maintain and build the foundations for a nurturing human support network.

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Toby Partington
Empower Translate
14:00–14:10
Mini break

14:10–14:40
Creating a translator - Compatible translation processes

Working as a freelance translator I often am forced to fit into the process of my customer. Show more... Some of these processes are well organised and take the needs of translators into account. However, very often I find, that the whole process was created only with the needs of the agency and the final customer in mind, not paying any or at least any sufficient attention to what the translator would need. The reason for this is most certainly to cut cost. On the other hand, the same processes have “quality” in their description. While cutting costs and still maintaining quality can go together, this will only work, when the process keeps all stakeholder in mind. If not all gears, even the smallest ones, are lubricated, the machine will not run smoothly. In my presentation I would like to make you aware of the needs of translators, who at the end of the day have to follow these processes. I will try to explain why trying to force a certain way of working is counterproductive and does not lead to increased quality.

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Jerzy Czopik
Vice President, BDÜ
14:40–14:50
Mini break

14:50–15:20
Session to be announced

15:20–15:30
Mini break

15:30–16:30
Panel session

16:30–16:35
Mini break

16:35–17:00
Closing

10:30–11:15
Leisure workshop - Yoga

11:15–11:30
Mini break

11:30–12:30
Topic-based networking session

12:30–13:30
Lunch break

13:30–14:00
Technology session: Machine Translation

14:00–14:10
Mini break

14:10–14:40
Translator, post-editor and reviewer skills: How to be sexy for the translation market and face changes due to the increasing automation

The work of translator and their workshop evolve continously. Show more... The demands of the market are changing, so are the skills that a good translator should have. Analyzing the translation process, we will answer questions about the competences of a translator at the beginning of the next decade. We will also analyze the process of post editing and verification and take a closer look at technological innovations, which are becoming an inseparable tool for translators today. We will consider the importance of soft skills in the translator's work and have a look at customer-to-translator-to-LSP relations, and finally answer the question why rates for individual clients differ from those offered to translators by translation agencies. The presentation is addressed to both experienced translators and those who are just beginning their journey with translation.

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Areta Kempińska
Co-owner & Managing Partner, Bireta Professional Translations
14:40–14:50
Mini break

14:50–15:20
Dare you bring your freelancers to light? How to successfully include your best freelancers in your value chain

Freelance translators are often regarded as a company secret Show more...by LSPs – something of an enigma that must not come to anyone's knowledge, no matter what. And there is a fair point in this approach: the selection of linguists is indeed one the key aspects in the LSP value chain. And who would want to give their company secrets away for them to be stolen or copied by others? But there might be situations where it can be an advantage for everyone to bring forward their linguistic talent and demonstrate their full potential. On numerous occasions, we have experienced that bringing a trusted freelancer in on dialogue with the client can create new dynamics and opportunities between all parties involved. The presentation includes: • Some anonymised examples on how we connected clients directly to our freelancers • Situations when this can be useful and what the advantages are • A list of dos and don'ts

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Luciano Lykkebo
VERBA Translation ApS
15:20–15:30
Mini break

15:30–16:30
Panel session

16:30–16:35
Mini break

16:35–17:00
Closing

SPEAKERS

Nadia Corti
Translation Project Manager, TDR
Nadia Corti
Jerzy Czopik
Vice President, BDÜ
Jerzy Czopik
Laura Dossena
Laura Dossena
Maha El-Metwally
Institute of Translation and Interpreting
Maha El-Metwally
Joanna Gough
University of Surrey
Joanna Gough
Virginia Katsimpiri
Virginia Katsimpiri
Areta Kempińska
Co-owner & Managing Partner, Bireta Professional Translations
Areta Kempińska
Maciej Krupinski
GET IT
Maciej Krupinski
Luciano Lykkebo
VERBA Translation ApS
Luciano Lykkebo
Sarah Bawa Mason
University of Portsmouth
Sarah Bawa Mason
Joss Moorkens
Dublin City University
Joss Moorkens
Karel Mostek
Moravia
Karel Mostek
John O’Shea
Director, Jurtrans Translations
John O’Shea
Toby Partington
Empower Translate
Toby Partington
Mary Phelan
Dublin City University
Mary Phelan
Robert Sette
Robert Sette
Nicole Sixdorf
oneword
Nicole Sixdorf
Serena Tutino
Serena Tutino

Who should attend?

Anyone committed to developing their business relationships should attend, so if you are a translator, interpreter, post-editor, proofreader, vendor, quality or project manager, this event will be for you!

Benefits of the programme

For you

  • Learn new skills and best practice in a hands-on setting
  • Expand and enhance your business relationships
  • Share experiences and catch up with your peers
  • Get a new perspective on the future of the industry

For your business

  • Develop a stronger and more profitable network
  • Maximise productivity with new tools and approaches
  • Prepare for the challenges and opportunities on the horizon
  • Contribute towards a stronger industry

REGISTER

Registration provides access to the presentations, the networking events and the app.

Together Fair
If you would like to participate in the Together Fair you can reserve your space in the event registration form. The cost for Elia members is €100 Euros and €130 for non members. Translators have free access with registration for Together 21.
Please, check participating companies
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Cancellation Policy

All requests for cancellation or to arrange substitutions must be received in writing. Please contact us by email. Event registrations are non-refundable. Registrations can be transferred to another person provided Elia is notified at least one day prior to the event. No admin fee will apply. Any attendee who registers will receive access to the materials and recordings of the event.
For more information about Elia’s Terms & Conditions please click here.

COMMITTEE

Diego Cresceri
Creative Words
Event Chair & Programme Committee Co-Chair
Diego Cresceri
Carlos la Orden Tovar
InsideLoc
Programme Committee Co-Chair
Carlos la Orden Tovar
Gökhan Firat
Localex
Programme Committee
Gökhan Firat
Annette Schiller
Chair FIT Europe
Programme Committee
Annette Schiller
  • Peter Willemse, Willemse Translation

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Elia Together event in Barcelona. It was a perfect mix of learning & networkingI highly recommend it to anyone who works in the translation industry! (Together 2019)

  • Robert Johnson, TurkishEnglish.com

    I was definitely impressed by the entire event. The organization of the conference was flawless, the sessions I attended were informative, the people I met were positive, yet there were still there to do business. (Together 2019)

  • Ivana Kocova, Janus Worldwide

    Elia Together 2019 successfully helped raise awareness about the latest technological trends and innovations. Access to new information and networking opportunities were endless here. Well done, Elia! (Together 2019)

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