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It is with great pleasure that AUSIT invites you to participate in this year’s National Conference to be held in Brisbane on 25-26 November 2022.
This year’s event promises to be as interesting and exciting as previous conferences held in the Sunshine State. We can’t wait to welcome delegates to Queensland and experience the much-needed interaction with everyone in the industry.
The theme this year is “Rebuild & Belong: Evolution, Transformation, and Growth”. The conference offers participants a forum to discuss practical and theoretical issues related to the T/I profession with a focus on re-connecting across a variety of different areas, after some challenging pandemic years.
With participation from T & I practitioners, academics, Language Service Providers (LSPs), and government stakeholders, from both Australia and overseas, the conference will be an excellent forum for discussion, professional development, networking, and social interaction.
24 November 2022
Westin Hotel Lobby, 111 Mary St, Brisbane City, from 7:00 PM.
Meet your colleagues for a pre-conference catch up. Drinks and bar bites can be purchased at the bar. There will also be some complimentary fruit and cheese platters. There is no need to register. If you are looking to grab a meal beforehand, please check the Whova discussion board for local restaurant recommendations.
25-26 November 2022
25 November 2022
Guests must bring their Gala Dinner tickets (on your name tag) with them for admission. Drinks from 6:30 at the Westin foyer. Entertainment and a lot of surprises.
We will use an online platform called Whova for our event. You can Download the Whova Mobile App or Access It From the Web Platform on Desktop: • View the event agenda and plan your personal schedule • Access handouts, video recording, or streaming (if the event organizer uploaded them) directly within sessions and utilize the session Q&A to ask questions (if enabled by the organizers) • Set up in-person/virtual meet-ups with other attendees to connect and network • Create and converse through various Discussion Topics in the Community Board • Receive updates such as last minute session changes from the organizers
This year, we have partnered with the University of Queensland to hold our conference at UQ’s beautiful St. Lucia Campus.
The University of Queensland has been an AUSIT affiliate since 2016, and we are very excited to have them as our Venue Sponsor in 2022. We thank the School of Languages and Culture for their support.
With its inviting lawns, historic buildings, and superb facilities, the University of Queensland is the perfect venue to hold our conference and welcome delegates in a friendly and relaxed setting.
Please use this link to find out about getting to the conference venue. You can also download the 2D map of UQ with the conference buildings clearly demarcated.
Call for Papers
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Rebuild and Belong: Evolution, Transformation and Growth’. It aims to offer participants a forum to discuss practical and theoretical issues relating to the T&I profession across a variety of different areas, focusing on rebuilding and re-connecting after two long years of dealing with the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Organising Committee (OC) is calling for the submission of abstracts for papers from a wide variety of interdisciplinary theoretical and practical perspectives. Submissions are organised into the following sub-themes:
- Cultivating connections with colleagues – the power of camaraderie, and team building.
- Self-growth – issues affecting practitioners and their businesses (mental health, adapting, professional skills, ethics and values, new mindset and new focus).
- Joining forces with other professions – new opportunities, relationships between T&I practitioners and professional end users.
- Engaging with the community – current issues affecting community translation and interpreting.
- Innovation in the world – the T&I industry in the post-pandemic world, accessibility, new technologies and new advances.
Guide for authors:
- Abstracts are welcome from academics, practitioners and other industry stakeholders.
- Authors must submit abstracts (maximum 250 words) before 31 July 2022.
- To make a submission, please visit EasyChair, create an account, and submit your abstract.
- All the submitted abstracts will undergo a blind peer review process. The results will be sent to the authors by 30 August 2022 via email.
- Authors whose abstracts are accepted will need to register for the conference.
- Upon payment and registration, authors will receive a confirmation email, including the official invitation to present.
- Accepted presenters will need to provide a pre-recorded presentation for the hybrid part of the event, even if they are presenting face-to-face (instructions to be provided once your abstract is accepted).
- Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation at the conference30
We would like to express our gratitude for the amazing generosity of our sponsors, and thank them for their support of this important event.
The conference dinner will take place on Friday, 25 November at The Westin Brisbane.
With its inviting and light-filled ballroom, this is the perfect venue to enjoy a meal together, connect with other participants, network and have fun.
As part of encouraging networking, AUSIT has included a conference + gala dinner bundle for members. Book early to avoid disappointment!
We are very excited about the incredible line up of high-profile speakers we are inviting to present.
You will have the opportunity to hear and learn from experts in different fields and areas of expertise.
Our confirmed keynote speakers are:
Dr George Major is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the New Zealand Sign Language-English Interpreting and Deaf Studies programmes at Auckland University of Technology. George is a sociolinguist and interpreter educator with a professional background in NZSL-English interpreting. As well as NZSL-specific courses, George also teaches interpreter role and ethical decision-making to both spoken and signed language interpreting students. Her research interests lie in healthcare accessibility, health literacy, interpreting pedagogy, and interpreter role.
Prof. Minhua Liu (Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin)
Dr. Liu is Professor in the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Translation of Hong Kong Baptist University, having previously taught in Taiwan and the USA. She is co–editor of the international journal Interpreting and sits on the advisory board of several peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests lie in cognition of interpreting, testing in translation and interpreting, bilingualism and interpreting pedagogy. One of her current research endeavors involves the intersection between bilingualism and expertise in both spoken and signed language interpreting.
Prof. Felicity Meakins
She is a linguist specialising in Australian Indigenous languages, morphology and language contact, who was one of the first academics to describe Gurindji Kriol. She holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship focusing on language evolution and contact processes across northern Australia.
Dr Lucas de Toca PSM
First Assistant Secretary, Vaccine Policy, Implementation & Primary Care Response for the National COVID Vaccine Taskforce
Dr Lucas de Toca is First Assistant Secretary, Vaccine Policy, Implementation & Primary Care Response for the National COVID Vaccine Taskforce within the Commonwealth Department of Health. He leads the Primary Care Response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the vaccination program across the primary care system. Lucas co-chairs the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 and chairs the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities COVID-19 Health Advisory Group.
Lucas first joined the Department as a Principal Advisor, leading the national taskforce to address a syphilis outbreak in northern and central Australia and other Indigenous Health initiatives.
Before joining the Department, Lucas worked as the Chief Health Officer at Miwatj Health in East Arnhem Land. He studied medicine in Spain and Sydney, before undertaking further training in Public Health at Harvard, where he focused on health systems policy and leadership in health and human rights.
In June 2022 Lucas was awarded with a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service through leadership in managing the successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout through primary health care.
Dr. De Toca will present this year’s Jill Blewett Public Lecture at the AUSIT National Conference.
The Organising Committee has endeavoured to provide delegates with a range of accommodation options for all budgets.
To view the details of all suggested properties, click here.
Bookings can be made by contacting the properties directly, or via Booking.com or TripAdvisor.
If you are an AUSIT member, you can secure a 10% discount on accommodation at the Four Points and Westin by booking through this link.
If you are arriving at the venue by private transport, there are multiple parking options on site. Please note that these are paid carparks.