2020 Conference

“Business as Unusual ”
20-21 November 2020


Due to current restrictions and continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 AUSIT National Conference, which was due to be held in Perth, has now been moved online.

The focus of this year’s conference is on the challenges and opportunities opening up in an evolving T&I landscape, specifically during this time of insecurity and rapid change experienced by the profession over recent months.

Sub-themes include: business during a pandemic; new skills and professional requirements in interpreting and translating; adaptive business practices; remuneration and working conditions; remote interpreting; translation technologies; and remote T&I education and training.


Keynote speakers

Stephen Doherty leads the HAL Language Processing Research Lab at UNSW, where he is an associate professor in linguistics, interpreting and translation. With a focus on the psychology of language and technology, his research investigates human and machine language processing using natural language processing techniques and combined on- and offline methods. He will present on the topic “Language technology today and tomorrow: Challenges and opportunities for current and future language service professionals”.

Karolina Karczmarek-Giel is an industry professional with over 15 years of experience. Drawing from her broad background in translation, digital marketing, positive psychology, and meta-learning, she will explore strategies for dealing with the current crisis from various disciplines. We look forward to her presentation “How to thrive in any crisis: The pandemic edition”.

How do I attend?

For this virtual conference—the first of its kind for Australia’s T&I industry—registrants, presenters and other stakeholders will be able to access the full program, interact and network via the Attendify app, scheduled to go live a month prior to the conference. Each online presentation (either live or prerecorded) will run for approximately 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute Q&A, and will be recorded by AUSIT. Simply click here to register and secure your spot in this unique undertaking office.ausit.org/event-3907563/

Please note: the National Annual General Meeting and annual Jill Blewett Memorial Lecture will take place a week later, on 28 November


AUSIT thanks the following sponsors for their contributions towards making this event possible: NAATI, 2M Language Services, All Graduates, Amigos, Congress Rental and WA Interpreters.


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