AIIC Training of Trainers Seminar: “Conference Interpreting: What we know”

29 Jan 16 — 30 Jan 16

09:00 — 18:00

Rome, Italy

AIIC Courses


Fondazione Basso-Issoco

Via della Dogana Vecchia 5
Rome 00186

This seminar - to be led by Franz Pöchhacker - will provide teachers of conference interpreting with a state-of-the-art overview of research on conference interpreting and will cover both general and specific topics of interest, also in relation to professional and training issues. Two consecutive courses will be held to allow more trainers to attend.

The seminars will comprise three main parts:

  • 'Decades of development': an overview of the evolution of research on interpreting, i.e. of how our knowledge has come about;
  • Models of interpreting: a look at the most influential ways of conceptualizing interpreting - as interaction and as a cognitive process;
  • Selected topics: the state of the art regarding selected topics of 'basic research' (e.g. 'the interpreter's brain', 'memory in interpreting', 'strategies'), professional issues (e.g. 'quality', 'ethics', 'technology'), and training (e.g. 'aptitude', 'curriculum', 'exercises').

Trainer: Franz Pöchhacker is Associate Professor of Interpreting Studies at the University of Vienna. He has worked as a conference and media interpreter and published articles and monographs on various domains of interpreting, including the textbook Introducing Interpreting Studies (Routledge, 2004). He is co-editor, with Minhua Liu, of Interpreting: International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting, and had edited the Routledge Encyclopedia of Interpreting Studies (Routledge, 2015).

Participants should be practising conference interpreters and trainers of conference interpreters.


Maximum number of participants: 15

You can sign up to the course here

Click here for the same course on 31 January-1 February 2016

Cost of the seminar

  • AIIC members: EUR 220
  • Non-members: EUR 330

Sponsorship of Interpreter Trainers

AIIC Training will sponsor 4 interpreter trainers to attend this seminar. The sponsorship grant will cover an economy return airfare (upon presentation of a valid ticket) up to a maximum of CHF 1000.

Applicants should have their professional address outside Europe and be able to demonstrate that they are practising conference interpreters, who regularly teach conference interpreting. Attendance at, or organisation of, interpreting-related training events will also be looked upon favourably. AIIC members and non-members may apply.

Trainers applying for sponsorship should also register for the course at the link above if they intend to attend the course with or without sponsorship. Trainers whose participation depends on the award of sponsorships need only apply for the sponsorship.

Applications for sponsorship should be submitted here before 1 December 2015.

AIIC reserves the right to request paper copies of any documentation provided. The results of the selection procedure will be announced as soon as possible after this date.

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  • Courses will be confirmed when registration fees cover the costs of the course or cancelled at the latest 6 weeks before the date of the course.
  • Participants withdrawing before confirmation of the course will be refunded.
  • If the course is cancelled all participants will be refunded.
  • If a participant cancels after the course has been confirmed AIIC can only refund the course fee if costs are still covered.

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