Main translation conferences and language events in 2023

Main translation conferences and language events in 2023

Tatiana Osoblivaia


Language services industry


Selecting which translation and localization conferences to go to can be challenging. There are so many things to consider: the quality of the speakers, the number of attendees, whether it is in a convenient location, and of course the costs. This post will help you sort through all your options and decide which event(s) to attend these years. Linguistic and translation events are a great way to network with colleagues and clients, learn about new trends in the industry, and be inspired by talks from experts in the field.


  • Networking with colleagues and clients

    Meet new people, make connections and build your professional network at these events. You can share tips on how to improve your business or find someone who can help you out with something you need.

  • Learn about new trends in the industry

    Attending these conferences, forums and meetup language exchange events is a great way to hear about what’s going on in your sector. You might even discover new areas of interest that you didn’t know existed before!

  • Be inspired by talks from experts in the field

    You can learn so much by listening to others talk. This is especially true if they have experience working in an area similar to yours, but it also works if they focus on something totally different that applies to your line of work too (for example, marketing). One person’s story can give you valuable insights into how they achieved success or overcame difficulties along their career path – and inspire you to do better too!


Here are some of the top language events in 2023:

If you're looking to network with other translators and localization specialists or to learn more about the industry and new research in it, there are a few language exchange events you should consider attending this year.


ICIT 2023 - International Conference on Interpreting and Translation

Japan, Tokyo, 09-10 January 2023.

It is one of the largest international conferences on interpreting and translation in the world that brings together academic scholars, researchers and professionals from around the globe. It provides a platform for academics, researchers and practitioners to share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Interpreting & Translation. As one of the leading conferences for presenting research on interpreting and translation studies, it provides an excellent opportunity for participants from around the world to exchange new ideas and recent developments in the field. More info:


ELIA Conference

Italy, Rome, 23-24 February 2023

It is the European Language Industry Association, which is an association of language service companies in Europe. It provides translation, interpretation and other language services for the business needs of its clients. It is based in Brussels and has members from 33 countries on five continents.

The objective of ELIA is to promote the interests of its members by providing them with an international network and a platform for exchanging ideas. It also helps members improve their service quality through training programs and best practice sharing.

The ELIA conference is an international event that brings together professionals from all over the world to discuss the state of digital content and how it can be used to improve business. More info:


GALA Conference

Ireland, Dublin, 12-15 March 2023

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a non-profit organization, its goal is to promote the study, research and development of global localization strategies, as well as to encourage international collaboration among professionals working in this area. It aims to promote the use of localization in global business. GALA members share best practices, learn about new technologies, and connect with other professionals in the industry. The GALA Annual Conference is an opportunity to connect with language industry professionals from around the globe who represent diverse companies, sectors, and specialties in the linguistic field. More info:


PSIT8 - 8th International Conference on Public Services Interpreting and Translation

Spain, Madrid, 22-24 March 2023, at the University of Alcalá

The conference is organized by the University of Alcalá with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. It aims to promote research into public services interpreting and translation and their role in ensuring citizens' access to public services. More info:


NLP 5th International Conference and Natural Language Processing Forum

China, Guangzhou, 24-26 March 2023

The 2023 5th International Conference on Natural Language Processing is the premier translation forum for the presentation of new research and development results in all aspects of natural language processing. The conference covers all aspects of natural language processing including, but not limited to: speech processing, machine translation and translation aids, information extraction and text mining, computational linguistics and computational semantics, morphology and syntax, parsing, grammar engineering and checking, discourse analysis, multimodal interfaces in NLP, machine learning for NLP. The conference solicits original papers from both academia and industry covering significant advances in NLP. More info:


Conference Multilingualism in translation, the English-speaking world, 16th century – present

France, Paris, 30-31 March 2023, Université Paris Nanterre

This conference will explore how multilingualism has shaped the ways in which the English-speaking world has been understood and represented from the early modern period to the present day. The focus of this conference is on literary translations from one language into another (in particular, from French to English). It will bring together scholars of literature, cultural studies and history who are interested in analyzing how translators have worked with a variety of languages and linguistic communities in order to translate texts into English. More info:


ICELL 2023 - International Conference on English Language and Literature

Mexica, Mexico City, 03-04 April 2023

ICELL is a premier event for the dissemination of new advances and research results in the fields of English language and literature. It also serves as a stage for researchers and professionals to exchange new ideas, knowledge, and insights into the latest developments in the field. ICELL is also a major international conference on the study of literature in English, including literary criticism, literary theory, literary history and the teaching of literature. It is held every 2 years. More info:


International Conference on Languages, Literature and Translation Studies

Belgium, Mons, 27-28 April 2023, University of Mons

The International Conference on Languages, Literature and Translation Studies aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from all over the world to present ongoing research results and advanced new ideas in the field of Linguistics. The conference welcomes high-quality submissions that address current issues in the following areas: languages, literature, translation studies, etc. More info:


BP Translation Conference

Netherlands, Utrecht, 8-10 May 2023

The event will offer two days of presentations, panel discussions and workshops. It will be held in English. The BP23 Translation Conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines to present their work on translation and interpreting studies. It provides a forum for interdisciplinary discussions about translation, both in its traditional sense as an act of transferring meaning between different languages or cultural traditions, or in its broader sense as a process that involves the transmission of meaning across cultures or fields of knowledge. In addition, the BP23 Translation Conference will provide opportunities for networking and professional development for early career scholars working on translations and translators. More info:


The International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) World Congress

France, Lyon, as well as online 17-21 July 2023

The AILA Congress is organized by the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), which was founded in 1956 at a conference held at McGill University in Canada. The association has over 7,000 members worldwide and organizes congresses every two years around the globe.

The congress will feature papers from scholars, practitioners and students from around the world. The aim is to share research and best practices in applied linguistics, language learning, bilingualism and multilingualism, discourse analysis and translation studies. The congress will also provide a forum for discussion about how these areas can be used to improve language teaching and learning at all levels. More info:


ATA64- American translators association conference

USA, Miami, Florida, 25-28 October 2023

The American Translators Association (ATA) is the largest professional organization for translators, interpreters, and localization professionals in the United States. It has more than 6,000 members worldwide who come from over 100 countries and work in more than 160 languages. The ATA's annual conference is designed to be an opportunity for translators from around the world to come together, learn from one another, share ideas, network and have fun. More info:


The LocWorld Silicon Valley conference

Three times in 2023 in different locations

That event features industry leaders discussing the latest trends in international business, translation, localization, and global website management. The event attracts professionals responsible for communicating across the boundaries of language and culture in the global marketplace. More info:


Linguistic and translation events work by straddling the line between academic and professional settings. Many attendees are professors or students from prominent linguistic and translation programs, but many are also professional interpreters, translators, and other industry professionals who want to stay updated on all that's new in the world of language. In short: they're a great way to meet people with similar interests and get your foot in the door of this niche world




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