Fit-For-Market Translator and Interpreter Training in a Digital Age

Budapest, BME TFK,  28 - 29 September 2018

Call for Papers


The Centre for Interpreter and Translator Training of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
invites you
to the international dissemination conference held in the framework of the
Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project


on 28 and 29 September 2018




Technology is advancing at a cracking pace bringing about sweeping changes not only in our society but also in the language industry. Universities offering translation and interpreting programmes need to adapt to these changes and focus on skills that graduates will need to thrive on in today’s translation and interpreting market. Launched in September 2016 and to be completed in August 2019, and involving BME (Budapest), UniVie (Vienna) and Hermes Traducciones (Madrid), eTransFair set out to bridge the gap between the market and the academia.

The conference will be organised with a threefold aim:

  • firstly, to discuss topical issues in the field of translator and interpreter training with focus on current market requirements and digital trends;
  • secondly, to introduce some of the achievements of the project (i.e. competence card for specialised translators, SWOT-analyses, a transferable and flexible training scheme, and e-modules in localisation, CAT tools, quality management, entrepreneurship, revision & review, terminology); and
  • thirdly, to invite potential partners for the European Centre for Online Specialised Translation (e-COST, in brief) to be set up in the framework of eTransFair.

The conference will address several issues from the aspect of training needs and will attempt to discuss e.g. what skills translators, interpreters and T/I trainers will need to have in 2-5 years’ time to succeed in their jobs; how trainers will need to assess students to best reflect market requirements, or how the latest trends in the digital market have shaped the language industry and what responses the academia can give to keep up with the speed, and to maintain employability. 


We are honoured to confirm the following keynote speakers:

Dr. Alexandra Krause, Institut für Translationswissenschaft, UniVie, Vienna

Dr. Marcel Thelen (ret.), Maastricht School of Translation and Interpreting, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.


We encourage scholars to submit a paper or poster presentation (in English) addressing any of the following subject areas:

  • translation and interpreter training
  • assessment in translation and interpreting
  • translation/interpreting technology
  • market considerations in training translators and interpreters
  • translator/interpreter competence profiles

Please send an abstract of between 150 and 250 words to the conference email address: [email protected]

Abstracts should be sent as Word attachments. Please include your full name, academic title, affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, the title of your presentation and five key words, and indicate your preference for a paper or poster presentation.

The submission deadline for abstracts is: 15 April 2018  - Extended to 10 May 2018

E-mail notifications will be sent to authors whose papers have been accepted for the conference by 15 May 2018.

Send abstracts to: [email protected]

As the event is organised in the framework of eTransFair (an ERASMUS+ KA2 strategic partnership programme), no registration fee is required.

Language of the conference: English

Conference news

Acceptance notification of abstracts will be delievered to applicants via email until 25 May 2018.

Due to the high number of applicants, several applications had to be rejected.

Info for speakers:

  • each paper (except for plenary talks) will be allocated 20 minutes: approximately 15 for presentation and 5 for discussion.
  •  the poster sessions will be held in the foyer outside the conference room
  • if you are willing to chair a session, indicate it on the registration form, and/or send an email to the Organisers


As the event is organised in the framework of eTransFair (an ERASMUS+ KA2 strategic partnership programme), no registration fee is required.

All abstracts will be published in the conference booklet.

The language of the conference is: English.



The conference will address various aspects of translator and interpreter training. Participants were welcome to propose a paper or poster presentation (in English) in subject areas such as the following:

  • translation and interpreter training
  • assessment in translation and interpreting
  • translation/interpreting technology
  • market considerations in training translators and interpreters
  • translator/interpreter competence profile

Please let us know if you need any special equipment for your presentation (a computer and an LCD projector will be provided in every room).

Title of section papers:

Arevalillo, Juanjo Quality management in translation companies: does it really exist?

Bakti, Maria and Lesznyák, Márta

Suggestions for the improvement of translator and interpreter training programs from trainees and trainers

Besznyák, Rita

Gradually increasing the difficulty of practice materials in interpreter training by analysing lexical pitfalls

Blagodarna, Olena

The impact of MT on the scope of translator competence (poster presentation)

Bondarenko, Oleksandr The Highs and Lows of Academic-Industrial Partnership
Cid-Leal, Pilar and Espín, Carmen and Presas, Marisa MT and PE: redefining profiles and competencies in translator training programmes
Dabis, Melinda Computer literacy in translator training: CAT tools and beyond
Dókus Ocskó, Tünde Special courses for non-specialists
Eszenyi , Réka and Dóczi, Brigitta Rage against the machine – will post-editing assignments outnumber translation assignments in the future?
Faria, Juliana Guimarães Faria, and Galán-Mañas, Anabel A comparative analysis of sign language interpreter and oral language translator and interpreter training curricula
Galán-Mañas, Anabel

Market sector occupation of graduates in Translation and Interpreting at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Hajós, Katalin Computer Assisted Interpreter System
Heinisch, Barbara and Krajcsó, Zita Creating and testing e-learning modules for a specialised translation programme
Kóbor, Márta

Fit-for-market website translation: special training needs and benefits

Kodura, Małgorzata Wikipedia in translator’s education – from the prohibited resource to the powerful teaching tool
Koletnik, Melita and Zupan, Simon Digital Tools for Translator and Interpreter Training
Kovács, Tímea Challenges that professionals involved in translation studied face with the emergence of computer-aided translation tools and applications
Malaczkov, Szilvia Student revision of translated audiovisual texts 
Mata, Manuel Pastor A Project-Based Approach to Training in Localization
Morón, Marián Translating in the digital market: the transcreational shift in Translator training
Nagy, Gabriella Survival of the fittest , Tech-savvy freelance interpreting & translation in 2018, Tech-savvy freelance interpreting & translation in 2018
Orthaber, Sara Professional identity negotiation among translators and interpreters
Perez, Celia Rico and Nieto, Paola Not-for-profit translation as a means of gaining professional competences

Plaza, Cristina


The Competences of Translation Project Managers from the Perspective of Trainers and Employersv
Robin, Edina An objective approach to revision ethics
Patricia Rodríguez-Inés Dr. , Silvia Bernardini, Goretti Faya Ornia, Cécile Frérot, Miguel Ángek Jiménez Crespo,Amaia Gómez Goikoetxea, Inna Kozlova, Anna Kuznik, Maite Veiga Díaz Translator/interpreter competence profiles
Seidl-Péch, Olivia and Ugrin, Zsuzsanna and Fischer, Márta Competence development for translators - info mining & terminology
Sohár, Anikó Fill the bill: comptetences, skills and knowledge for beginner translators? 
Sosoni, Vilelmini and  Stasimioti, Maria Post-editing training: Insights from an empirical investigation of the cognitive effort
Valentinyi, Veresné Klára Term translation strategies (poster presentation)
Zachar, Viktor Journalistic translation in translator training in the digital age – Pros and cons

Preliminary programme eTransFair Conference – draft programme

28-29 SEPTEMBER 2018


28 September (Friday): Plenaries





János Józsa (BME's Rector)

Márta Fischer (Director of Centre for Modern Langages, BME)




Plenary: Gabriella Kovács and Csilla Szabó (BME, Budapest, Hungary)

eTransFair – The First Results of The Project  

The presentation is going to introduce the planned outcomes and the first results of the eTransFair project launched in September 2016, and will highlight the joining options for external stakeholders and the major elements of novelty and innovativeness including a competence card for specialised translators, a new transferable training scheme, a pool of assessment techniques (PAT), an online methodology portal to be made available for T/I trainers through the newly established e-COST: the European Centre for Online Specialised Translation.




Plenary: Alexandra Krause (UniVie, Vienna, Austria)

The EMT Competence Framework 2017 and

Its Implementation into Course Design

The presentation will focus on the consultation of academic trainers and language industry stakeholders about the EMT competence framework, revisited in 2017, and present the range of skills and competences that translation graduates will need within the next years to meet the challenges and to take profit of the opportunities presented by societal changes and evolving markets.




Q & A session






Plenary: Mónika Csengeri (DGT, EC, Brussels, Belgium)

Mind the Knowledge Gap: Mapping and Mastering Digital Skills  at Dgt

In an effort to assess the general IT/CATE literacy and the training needs of its staff, the Directorate-General for Translation has recently launched a digital skills survey. This presentation aims to describe the challenges of this exercise in terms of methodology, as well as the journey from identifying knowledge gaps to developing training material and reinforcing the skills needed for the efficient performance of the tasks related to translation and revision.



Plenary: Marcel Thelen (Maastricht School of T/I, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands)

Narrowing the Skills Gap between Translator Training and Profession by Means of a Skills Lab

This presentation outlines a didactic method, called skills lab or simulated translation bureau, that makes it possible to train – next to the translation-specific competences described in various competence frameworks – the “peripheral” and versatile or soft skills so as to contribute to the employability of graduates as defined in the 1998 Sorbonne and the 1999 Bologna Declarations and refined in later documents.



Q & A session




Full preliminary programme with session papers:


Registration fee:
As the event is organised in the framework of eTransFair (an ERASMUS+ KA2 strategic partnership programme), no registration fee is required. 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!! Be quick to be among the first potential 150 participants!!


Centre for Interpeter and Translator Training (TFK), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)

BUDAPEST, 1111,  Egry József utca 1.

Budapest, Egry József u. 1, 1111 térképe

Travel and Accommodation


Recommended hotels in the vicinity:

  1. Ibis Styles Budapest City

1095 Budapest, Soroksári út 12.

  1. Hotel Corvin

        1094 Budapest, Angyal utca 31.

        3. Leonardo Hotel Budapest

         Budapest, Tompa utca 30-34

  1.  Ábel Panzió

           1113 Budapest, Ábel Jenő utca 9.


       5. Actor Hotel Budapest

       1094 Budapest, Viola 10-14.




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Organising team:

Ms. Gabriella Kovács - eTRansFair project coordinator

Dr. Csilla Szabó - head of Centre for Interpreter and Translator Training, BME

Ms.. Katalin Vegh - assistant, BME

Centre for Interpreter and Translator Training (TFK):


Contact information

[email protected]

Supporting Organisations