Translating Europe

Bridging the Gap between TC and Translation

Joint Workshop by TecCOMFrame / tekom Europe / EMT / LindWeb

The overarching aim of the joint workshop is to foster the mutual understanding and learning of translators/localizers and technical communicators, hence facilitating the translation and localization workflow. The crucial questions are, what are the main points, which both discipline have in common and how can knowledge about technical communication be used for translation and vice versa. It will further be discussed which knowledge competencies for translators entering the field of technical communication are necessary should therefore be part of academic programs or vocational training in the field of translation. The workshop will mix presentations, panel discussions and discussion with the audience. It addresses technical communicators, translators, language service providers and associations, students from both technical communication and translation studies interested in sharing mutual understanding on how translation and technical communication are linked.

When and Where?

Thursday, October 26, 8:45 - 13:00

Room C7.2



Title of PresentationSpeakerTime
Welcome and Introduction

Inkaliisa Vihonen

European Commission Directorate General for Translators

Part 1: Bridging the Gap: Overlaps and Cooperation between Technical Communication and Translation
How to Bridge the Gap Between Translator and Technical Communicators? The Importance of Sharing Knowledge to Improve the Localization Process

Prof. Dr. Birgitta Meex & Dr. Daniela Straub

University of Leuven & tekom e.V.

TecCOMFrame: A Joint European Academic Competence Framework and Curricula for the Training of Technical Communicators

Prof. Sissi Closs & Prof. Dr. Birgitta Meex

Applied University of Karlsruhe & University of Leuven

The (PETRA-E) Framework of Reference for the Education and Training of Literary Translators

Prof. Dr. Henri Bloemen

University of Leuven

Overlaps Between Technical Communication and Translation

Prof. Dr. Sonia Vandepitte

Ghent University

Part 2: Integrating Technical Communication into Study Programs for Translation
How to Integrate Useful Competencies from Technical Communication into Translation

Dr. Yvonne Cleary & Dr. Joyce Kareman

University of Limerick & University of Twente

Translation Curriculum at Paris Diderot: Two Different Research Projects with International Groups of Faculty on Collaboration between Translators and Technical Communication

Prof. Dr. Patricia Minacori

University of Paris Diderot

Patient Information Leaflets - Two Professors of the EMT Network Present a Concrete Example of Synergies between Writing and Translation

Prof. Dr. Leona van Vaerenbergh & Thomas Hüsgen

University of Antwerp & University of Porto

Part 3: Panel Discussion: Where do we go from here - Exploring Options for joining forces in Technical Communication and Translator training

Renate de la Paix (panelist)

Faycal Alami (panelist)

Prof. Sissi Closs (panelist)

Dorothy Kenny (panelist)

Heike Leinhäuser

Dr. Mirko Silvestrini (panelist)


Inkaliisa Vihonen (moderator)

Nikola Kunte (moderator)


University of Strasbourg

University of Strasbourg

Applied University of Karlsruhe

Dublin City University


European Commission Directorate General for Translators

European Commission Directorate General for Translators / EMT European Masters of Translation

12:00 - 13:00




Please join us for this free event and register as a fair visitor via the following website using the voucher code