A Round-up of virtual interpreting conferences

The year 2020 is the year when everything went fully virtual – from work and learning to dinner parties. Conferences held by professional interpreting and translation organizations are no exception. In this post we prepared a round up of virtual conferences happening this fall to help you stay on track with your professional development plans for the year. You can now hone your interpreting skills and catch up on new developments in the field without leaving the comfort of your home – just remember to stock up on snacks for coffee breaks!


Arizona Translators and Interpreters (ATI) Annual Conference: Getting Down to Business 

When: September 26 – 27, 2020

Cost: ATI Annual Membership + Conference $125.00  

ATI Annual Conference $80.00 

Event Description: As a result of Covid-19, and our responsibility to the welfare of our members, the ATI Board decided to have the 2020 ATI Annual Conference as a fully online/virtual event.

Therefore, we will hold a two (2) day event for the conference in order to attain the maximum CEUs possible. There will be a variety of presentations ranging from regular sessions to workshops. We sure hope to “see” you there!


Event Website: https://atiinc.org/event/arizona-translators-and-interpreters-ati-annual-conference-2/


Association of Language Companies 2020 Virtual Summit 

When: September 15-17, 2020

Cost: One Day Pass $99, ALC Member and Partnership Association 3-Day Pass $199, ALC Non-Member

3-Day Pass $249

Event Description: Agile Thinking | Innovative Solutions | Best Practices | Forecasting the Future. Three days of education, networking, and collaborating with the brightest minds in the LSC Community

Event website: https://www.alcus.org/general/custom.asp?page=ALCVirtualSummit


American Translators Association (ATA) 61st Annual Conference

When: October 21-24, 2020

Cost: *ATA Member  **Non-member  ***ATA Student

Early Registration (by September 28): $299* $475**  $145***

Standard Registration (after September 28): $389*  $615**  $185***

Late Registration (after October 16): $499*  $805**  $245***

Event Description: Learning is interactive: 120 sessions will be streamed live. You’ll be able to participate in Q&As, personally follow up with speakers, and switch between sessions just as if you were attending in person. 

Networking still exists:  Meeting up with friends and making new ones, even virtually, is invaluable right now. Keep up to date with technology and trends in the Exhibit Hall. Look for job opportunities at the Job Fair. Reach new clients by making connections with colleagues.

There’s no better value for the money: You’ll have long-term access to all 120 sessions on demand. With the early registration rate for members at $299, that’s less than $3 per session. Plus there are no travel or hotel costs.

CEUs: Click here for details 

Event Website:https://ata61.org/


The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) Connected 2020

When: September 22 – 25, 2020

Cost: $295
Event Description: Organized as a virtual conference, GALA Connected will afford a wider audience the opportunity to engage and discuss what the future will hold. At an affordable price point it will also provide more professionals — be they supply- or buy-side, start-up or mature business, academia or private sector, core or allied industry, LSP or language technology provider — to join this conversation. We can only build a shared future through wider participation of the entire international community and GALA Connected is the right forum at the right time to begin the building process.

Event Website: https://www.gala-global.org/conference/GALA-Connected-2020


Midwest Association of Translators & Interpreters 17th Annual Conference 

When: September 26, 2020

Cost: Individual Members – $50.00, Non-members – $60.00, Student Member – $25.00, Student Non-member – $30.00

CEUs: pending from ATA, CCHI, Wisconsin Courts

Event Website: https://www.matiata.org/page-1829491


Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters 2020 virtual conference: From Masks to Mastery

When: September 12-13 and September 19-20, 2020

Cost: General – $55.00 (For non OSTI members), General + One-Year OSTI Membership – $100.00, General + Two-Year OSTI Membership – $145.00, Member – $45.00, Students (Proof Required) – $45.00.

Event Description: 30+ sessions spanning over 2 weekends (4 days). Topics: Remote Interpreting, COVID-19, Medical, Advocacy, Ethics, Translation, Business Practices, and more. Meet your colleagues in the lunch breakout rooms, bring your literary translation work to read in the Open Mic, or just come to enjoy. 9/19 Saturday night social on Zoom. Show your support for your profession and community through your participation. Get inspired and recharged!

CEUs: ATA, OJD, WA AOC, WA DSHS, CCHI, IMIA, RID (click for details)

Event Website: https://ostiweb.org/2020-Conference


Slator: Managing Change and Innovation Workshop 

When: September 10 

Cost: 75$

Event Description: In this unprecedented time of business crisis, how can leaders manage change and drive innovation to ensure their businesses have the best chance to survive and grow? In this 90-minute interactive workshop, learn how Covid-19 has disrupted businesses, and what organisations can do to embrace change, transform and lead their organisations into the future.Participants will learn the frameworks for corporate innovation, the role of Agile methodology in a time of urgency, and how you can implement your ideas with  speed across your organisation.

Event Website: https://slator.com/slator-managing-change-september-2020/


Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters & Translators (TAHIT) 2020  Educational Symposium

When: November 20-21, 2020 

Event Description: Join us for our first virtual event that is sure to bring even greater diversity to our event full of networking, educational opportunities, and fun! Texans and language professionals from across the country and abroad have come to rely on TAHIT to create an annual event that does not disappoint!  It is the premiere event for CEUs, networking, learning, and making great new friends.  We do all this, while keeping our symposium the most affordable and highest quality in the nation, in our humble Texas opinion! This year we raise the bar once again.

Event Website: https://www.tahit.us


Texas Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (TAJIT)2020 Annual Conference

When: September 12-13, 2020

Cost: Full conference Member price: $195.00

Full conference Non-member price: $235.00

Student rate: $100.00

Event Description:  Learn & Get Inspired: Every year TAJIT offers its members a wonderful  opportunity to meet their spoken and sign language interpreter colleagues as well as fellow translators, and to become better at what we do by sharing our knowledge and experiences. This year we had to get creative as we confronted the unrelenting scourge of the Covid-19 pandemic.  All our lives have been upended but this virtual conference will provide a safe avenue for us to learn together and maintain that precious sense of community we all treasure. The TAJIT Board of Directors and its Conference Committee have worked hard to put together a quality program that meets the high expectations set by past conferences. Here’s looking forward to another successful TAJIT Conference!    

CEUs:  JBCC CE: 8 hours, ATA 8 CEPs

Event Website: https://www.tajit2020.com/


The Evolution Of Localization: 10 Years in the Industry: Then, Now, and Beyond  with Memsource

Cost: Free

Event Description: This event will take a deep look into the role of technology in the present and future of the translation industry: How will one of the largest ever transactions in the localization technology space shape the industry? What is key for localization teams to keep up with the fast-developing world and how has it changed in the last decade? How do we understand machine translation today and what will be its role in the future?

When: September 15 

Event Website: https://try.memsource.com/evolution-of-localization-online-event/


Professional Association of Mississippi Interpreters and Translators (PAMIT) and Interpreters and Translators Association of Alabama (ITAA) 2020 Joint Virtual Conference 

When: November 7, 2020

Cost: $35 – $65

Event Description: The first joint virtual conference will feature 3 live events: a keynote address in the morning, a networking event right after lunch, and a panel in the early evening. The rest of the sessions will be pre-recorded and accessible for two weeks. 

CEUs: Requested from CCHI, NBCMI, RID and Alabama Courts

Event Website:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heroes-in-action-advancing-multilingual-services-and-professionals-tickets-117878091545


The Translation and Localization Conference TLC + KT 2020

When: September 25 – 27, 2020

Event Description: Join us at one of the most renowned translation industry events in Europe!

This time entirely on-line together with the Polish event. Take part in the conference for the WHOLE translation industry! At our conferences, you will meet not only translators and interpreters, but also technical writers, QA experts, CAT tools experts, representatives of the academia, the media, multinational corporations… and many more!

Cost: 79.95 EURO

Event Website: https://translation-conference.com/


We hope you are able to attend these wonderful professional events. While we’ll miss travelling to new places and meeting colleagues in person, we are also excited about the new possibilities virtual conferences bring. Happy networking!