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APTIS 2024 Unconference

Taking stock and breaking the mould

7-9 November, University of Warwick

A new format

APTIS 2024 is breaking the mould and turning itself into an unconference! An unconference is a primarily discussion-based event that follows a bottom-up approach and allows attendees to engage in active conversations about topics that are pertinent to them.

We consider this format particularly pertinent for universities across APTIS and the sector. This new version of the APTIS Conference will be a space to reflect on and respond to present demands, challenges and opportunities in translator and interpreter training.

The unconference will centre on discussions about good practice, reflection on challenges and sharing strategies for seizing emerging opportunities. Activities will include engaging keynotes, dedicated poster sessions, rapid-fire presentations and a series of guided parallel discussion rooms. This combination of activities aims to maximise the opportunities for participatory engagement, sharing experiences and collaboration.

The 2024 APTIS (Un)conference will start with familiar conference-style sessions allowing participants to come together, connect and reflect on the current state of affairs. This will set the tone and stimulate attendees to respond to pressing challenges and questions in translator and interpreter training and education.

How can you get involved?

You can engage in different ways. Submit your proposal for a poster or a rapid-fire presentation, suggest a Hot Topic roundtable or volunteer yourself as a facilitator for an unconference session! If you have any other ideas, send us an email.

Important dates

Conference announcement: March 2024

Deadline for submissions: 14 June 2024

Notifications of acceptance: July 2024

Registration deadline: 11 October 2024

Dr Elsa Huertas Barros
Dr Elsa Huertas Barros
Prof Dorothy Kenny
Prof Dorothy Kenny

Keynote speakers

Elsa Huertas Barros is a Senior Lecturer in Translation in the School of Humanities at the University of Westminster. Elsa’s main research interests include translator education, translator competence, assessment practices, and student-centred approaches.

Dorothy Kenny is full professor of translation studies at Dublin City University. Her current research interests include corpus-based analyses of translation and translator style, literary applications of machine translation, and approaches to the teaching of translation technology.

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  • The University of Warwick campus is on the outskirts of the city of Coventry, and the nearest major railway station is Coventry. The closest airport is Birmingham International Airport, or there are regular rail services to London for easy access to/from the London airports. You can find detailed information on travel to the University campus here.


  • Since we are a campus university, the most convenient accommodation option is the on-campus conference centre, here. This can get booked up very quickly, so you are advised to book your accommodation as quickly as possible if you are hoping to stay on campus.
  • Alternative accommodation options near campus are listed here.