6 Can’t-Miss Translation Events in 2020


Whether you are running or working in a language service provider (LSP), it’s inevitable to network with your industry peers. Attending events and conferences is such a great way to do so.  

Attending these events is considered a massive investment at the personal and professional levels. You will be networking with new people, exchanging ideas, getting new insights about the industry in addition to the potential of meeting new clients.

As 2020 is about to start and you are planning for next year’s activities, you should consider the below translation events that you should put in your calendar.

ATA Conference 2020

For: multi-language vendors (MLVs), language service providers (LSPs), translation companies

Dates: October 21-24, 2020

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Organizer: American Translators Association

Link: https://www.atanet.org/events/index.php

Registration: Registration opens July 2020

Description: ATA 61 is an annual conference organized by the American Translators Association. More than 1,500 linguists and company owners will attend; so it’s such a golden opportunity to communicate, build and grow your business. 



Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)

For: Multi-language vendors (MLVs), language service providers (LSPs), translation companies

Dates: MARCH 15-18, 2020

Location: San Diego, California, USA

Organizer: Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)

Link: https://www.gala-global.org/all-events/gala-2020-san-diego

Registration: Early bird is available through January 31, 2020.

Description: Since 2009, GALA’s 3-day annual conference brings not less than 500 participants from the industry leaders to learn, share, and network. 80% of the attendees are executives and senior managers who focus more on strategic insights and decisions. They discuss emerging trends, new technologies and common challenges that might affect the language services business.




For: multi-language vendors (MLVs), language service providers (LSPs), translation companies

Dates: June 3-5, 2020.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Organizer: LocWorld

Link: https://locworld.com/events/locworld42-berlin-2020/

Registration: Not announced yet

Description: The conference is mainly for big players in the translation industry all over the world. The focus of this year will be on localizing products and services for new markets: How can companies easily reach new local customers, how to make it easy to use your product and to feel like it’s mainly designed for their local needs. I believe it will be a good chance for companies who are willing to enter new markets in 2020.




For: multi-language vendors (MLVs), language service providers (LSPs), translation companies

Dates: November 3-5, 2020 

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Organizer: tcworld GmbH

Link: https://conferences.tekom.de/conference-descriptions/

Registration: Not announced yet

Description: Tekom is considered the largest event for technical communication. Most participants are interested in the software industry. Speakers are exclusively selected to deliver unique content about the industry and are independently chosen by tekom committees.



Translation Forum Russia 2020

For: multi-language vendors (MLVs), language service providers (LSPs), translation companies, CAT tools developers, software companies, and linguists.

Dates: August 21-23, 2020

Location: Kazan, Russia

Organizer: Business Bureau of the Association of Interpreters

Link: http://tconference.ru/en/

Registration: Not announced yet

Description: It’s considered one of the largest translation and localization conferences in Russia. A selective group of attendees from well known international organizations like the European Commission, UN Information Centre, FIT Europe, the Belgian Chamber of Translators and Interpreters and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. 

The main objective of the conference is to support, learn and share the latest methodologies and tools of the industry among professional translation companies and linguists




For: multi-language vendors (MLVs), language service providers (LSPs), translation companies

Dates: March 19-20 2020.

Location: Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA

Organizer: XTM International

Link: https://xtm.cloud/live/silicon-valley-2020/

Registration: https://xtm.cloud/live/silicon-valley-2020/registration/

Description: It’s a leading translation technology summit covering technical language topics like AI, automated workflow, and translation quality. The summit successfully occurred before in San Mateo, Amsterdam, Boston, and London. So if you are looking for inspiring meetings, exciting workshops and presentations, it will be an excellent chance to be part of this summit.



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