Over 300 translators, interpreters and students gathered for the 1st Annual ABRATES Brazilian Translator’s Conference, which took place on September 27 and 28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The participants came from all over Brazil, and from as far away as Argentina, Uruguay and the United States to hear a series of lectures and participate in round-table discussions on issues affecting the local translation market and profession. Ccaps Translation and Localization was one of the five conference sponsors, together with SDLX, Bowne Global Solutions and two other Brazilian companies. Valuable support for the event was provided by IBM, SENAC-Rio and Multilingual Computing & Technology, which offered all conference participants free annual subscriptions to its magazine.
The lectures covered topic such as ethics, translation memory, the Internet as a research tool, professional development, subtitling and interpretation, and market effects on the profession. Two round-tables, one about simultaneous conference interpretation and the other about professional regulation, attracted the interest and audience of the majority of participants.
In its first year, the event attracted so much interest that organizers were forced to increase the number of atendees and over 100 people were still left in the waiting list. According to ABRATES (Brazilian Translator’s Association) general secretary, Vagner Fracassi, the participants’ reaction to the event was overwhelming positive.
“I was very impressed by the translator’s response to the event,” Fracassi said. “They were extremely enthusiastic, and this brought me to the conclusion that there is definitely a space for an International Translator’s Conference in Brazil. In addition, I believe that ABRATES is well-positioned to organize such an event in years to come.”
For Silvia Schiros, a freelance translator from Rio de Janeiro, the event was a valuable networking session. “Especially for translators like me who have chosen to work from home, the ABRATES
Conference was a great opportunity to meet colleagues and exchange ideas, as well as to get an update about what’s going on in the market,” Schiros said.