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Language resources webinars for language professionals

A series of monthly research-based webinars about the language industry’s most innovative topics.

Meet our researchers and experts once a month and stay up to date on the world of multilingual communication and language technology. Each 30-minute online session provides innovative and forward-looking input and is followed by a Q&A session where we answer your questions related to the topic at hand.

Would you like to gain insights into the future and stay up to date on the language industry and remain competitive in your profession? Or are you looking to refresh your existing knowledge that has perhaps become a little rusty, spiced up with the latest developments in each topic? If so, subscribe now to our series of language resources webinars.

At a glance

Target audience: Language all-rounders, translators, interpreters, editors working as freelancers or in language departments and/or LSPs, language and communication specialists, IUED alumni and alumnae, incl. continuing education graduates.

Language: English


  • To provide short, flexible and targeted input on the latest knowledge and skills to provide the basis for future-oriented professional development in the language industry.
  • To facilitate an understanding of potential future trends and share research-based innovative insights that ensure the competitiveness of language professionals.
  • To offer a channel for networking with an online community of language all-rounders, researchers and experts, where questions on the latest topics are answered and explained.

Methodology: input and Q&A, discussion

Academic achievement: a certificate of attendance will be issued for the attendance of individual webinars or the whole series.

Start: Friday, 6 September 2024, 3 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. CET / 9.00 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. EST

Duration: September to December 2024, monthly on a Friday, see calendar

Place: Zoom, a link will be sent before the webinar.

Takeaways: presentation in PDF format, summary of the Q&A and discussion in PDF format, certificate of attendance

Application deadline: ongoing up to three weeks before each webinar.


Category One webinar
Freelancers CHF 45
Members of ASTTI / DÜV 10% discount
Alumni members 5% discount

Calendar & topics 2024

Translating for social media

Date: 6 September 2024, 3 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. CET / 9.00 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. EST

Application deadline: 16 August 2024

Description of content: Companies reach most (potential) customers via social media channels. Translations carried out with machine translation systems often do not provide satisfactory results to achieve the defined communication objectives. In the webinar, participants will learn about the challenges involved in transferring social media content to another linguistic and cultural area, what needs to be considered to make the transfer successful, and what skills are required.

Andrea Imbescheid is a translator/revisor at Vaudoise Insurance in Lausanne and a graduate in business administration with many years of experience in international marketing. She teaches the course ”Transcreation as a trend service” as part of the CAS in Translation - IUED.

Basic concepts of terminology (in times of AI)

Date: 20 September 2024, 3 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. CET / 9.00 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. EST

Application deadline: 30 August 2024

Description of content: The course provides the theoretical foundations that are still needed in times of AI to build or operate professional terminology work in a company. It also provides brief insights into areas where AI is already being applied in terminology work.

Christian Kriele is a terminologist and lecturer at IUED in the Bachelor’s degree programme in Multilingual Communication and in the Master’s degree programme in Applied Languages. His research interests include the optimisation of search results and queries as well as terminology and machine translation.

Dealing with different file formats (JSON, XML)

Date: 25 October 2024, 12 noon to 12.45 p.m. CET / 6.00 a.m. to 6.45 a.m. EST

Application deadlines: 4 October 2024

Description of content: File formats like XML or JSON can be a closed book, even for experienced translators. In this webinar, we will explore the basics of these and similar data formats. We will learn how these formats are structured and how to configure translation tools to work with such data formats.

Dr Martin Kappus is lecturer in language technology and accessibility at IUED. His research interests include the application of language technologies and CAT tools.

Extended reality technologies – potential for interpreters

Date: 15 November 2024, 3 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. CET / 9.00 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. EST

Application deadline: 25 October 2024

Description of content: What are extended realities? And how can they be used for interpreting? In this course, we distinguish between different forms of extended realities (augmented reality, virtual reality, etc.) and highlight different applications for interpreting.

Dr Anne Catherine Gieshoff is a research associate and lecturer at IUED. Her research interests include cognitive load in conference interpreting, augmented reality and visual input in interpreting, as well as interpreting in healthcare.

Language AI for language professionals

Date: 6 December 2024, 12 noon to 12.45 p.m. CET / 6.00 a.m. to 6.45 a.m. EST

Application deadline: 15 November 2024

Description of content: We look at a selection of language AI tools that offer the potential to complement the work of language professionals. We review new tools and technologies that were released in 2024 and look at what may be in the pipeline for 2025.

Florian Faes is the Managing Director of Slator and is based in Zurich. Slator is the leading source of research for the global translation, localisation and language technology industry. Our advisory practice is a trusted partner to clients looking for independent analysis.

Prospective topics for 2025

Here, you can find a selection of prospective topics for 2025 (subject to change):


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