2008: GET CONNECTED – Brisbane, QLD
More than 200 conference participants, including fellow interpreters and translators, academics, students and industry stakeholders, convened at the University of Queensland on 14-15 November for the AUSIT 2008 Biennial National Conference. It was the second time that this national event, which attracts language professionals from across Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. was held in the “River City” of Brisbane.
AUSIT Queensland hosted the year’s biennial conference, giving local and interstate participants the chance to enjoy some relaxed Queensland hospitality. Under the banner GET CONNECTED, academics, experienced professionals, business and industry stakeholders debated and explored the rising importance of the translating and interpreting profession, increasingly relevant in a state such as Queensland in the current climate of high import/export relationships in the resources, service and health industries.
The conference organisers proudly presented a relevant and interesting program, covering a wide range of aspects of the profession from indigenous interpreting in the remote Kimberley region to United Nations level simultaneous conference interpreting, from literature to medical translations, from translation training to accreditation and much more.
One of the program highlights was Henry Dotterer, founder of the global translator marketplace Proz.com. He talked about all the controversial realities from automated translation to free human translations, from the new Google Translation Centre to TMS Systems.
The conference also featured a strong indigenous content. Five KIS interpreters had travelled together with linguist Keeley Palmer from the Mirima Language & Culture Centre and KIS Coordinator Dee Lightfoot had come from Kununurra and remote East Kimberley communities to participate in the conference.
Networking was high on the agenda with all participants encouraged to “grab” anyone they want to talk to including presenters, keynote speakers, conference committee and the National Council to ask questions, to make contact and to learn and to share.
In general, there was a fantastic buzz and endless energy throughout the entire two days. While generous breaks to ‘Get Connected’ were allotted between the different presentations and talks, it seemed there just never was enough time to mingle – however, there certainly was enough delicious food to balance the amount of food for thought provided.
DVDs of the conference proceedings are available for sale directly from AUSIT QLD branch.