Monday, 29 October 2012

Europe House event on subtitling

Imperial College Translation Unit was proud to co-host a seminar entitled An introduction to subtitling: bridging the language and culture divide together with the European Commission Representation in the UK, and the VSI Group. The day-long event took place at Europe House on 26th October, 2012 and also featured invited guests from the industry.

The seminar examined some of the most significant changes to have taken place recently in the subtitling field and included talks on the audiovisual industry and language-specific subtitling workshops, followed by an early-evening panel discussion attended by over 70 participants. 

Taking part from Imperial were Jorge Díaz-Cintas, Lindsay Bywood, Adriana Tortoriello and Emmanouela Patiniotaki. Feedback from the event was excellent, and there are plans to repeat it in future. (Lindsay Bywood)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Guest speakers Autumn Term

After a successful visit from Dr ZoË Pettit, University of Greenwich, who spoke about ‘Audiovisual Translation and Multilingual Films: A South African Perspective’, Imperial College’s Translation Unit continues its guest speakers programme.

For the Autumn term the Translation Unit is happy to welcome

Prof. Anthony Briggs, Birmingham University and Visiting Fellow at Bristol University, UK. He will talk about From Syllable to Sentence: The Shifting Challenge of Literary Translation on 30 October 2012

Dr Carol O'Sullivan, University of Portsmouth, UK. Her topic on 13 November 2012 covers Access All Areas? Localization and the Textual Problems of Verbal Visual Codes

Prof. Raquel Merino, Universidad del País Vasco, Vitoria, Spain. The talk on 27 November 2012 will cover Translation, Literature and Audiovisual Media: The Case of Censored Musicals in Franco's Spain

Seminars are free and open to everyone.
Venue: Huxley Building, South Kensington Campus, Lecture Theatre 144 (easiest access via Queen’s Gate)
Time: 4-5pm

More information can be obtained via the Translation Unit website.

Visiting Translator from DGT

Imperial College London's Translation Unit is happy to accommodate for three weeks Marcin Kotwicki from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation (EC's DGT). Marcin is visiting us as part of the VTS programme, the Visiting Translator Scheme. 

Marcin joins us for several classes, sitting in as an observer. He will also hold several sessions especially for the Translation Unit 201213 students. These will cover: an introduction on the DGT, a more in-depth focus on the tools the many translators in the DGT use in their everyday translation work and a more in-depth look into
recruitment procedures.

You can find more information about the DGT on

And more on the VTS on

Imperial College's Translation Unit is also part of EMT, the European Master's in Translation (EMT),

Members of staff of the Translation Unit also sit on the LIND-Web board,

Translation Technology courses

This week the schedule for Saturday courses in Translation Technology by Imperial College's Translation Unit were made available.
The courses are run in the Translation Lab, Room S309, Level 3, Sherfield Building.South Kensington Campus.

To register in one of the courses, please fill in the form at

To pay for your course, please use one of the links below:
Standard fee: £115
Student fee: £65
Imperial College staff member fee: £65

Autumn Term 2012

Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: Soledad Zárate
Saturday, 17 November 2012
10:30 - 16:30

Introduction to Audio Description: Josélia Neves
Saturday, 24 November 2012
10:30 - 16:30

Introduction toSubtitling: Adriana Tortoriello
Saturday, 08 Dec 2012
10:30 - 16:30

Spring Term 2013

Introduction to Déjà Vu: Mark Shuttleworth
Saturday, 19 January 2013
10:30 - 16:30

Introduction to Desktop Publishing for Translators: Ana Luiza Iaria
Saturday, 26 January 2013
10:30 - 16:30

Advanced Subtitling: Adriana Tortoriello
Saturday, 09 February 2013
10:30 - 16:30

Audio Description in Museums: Josélia Neves
Saturday, 23 February 2013
10:30 - 16:30

Introduction to Dubbing: Frederic Chaume
Saturday, 2 March 2013
10:30 - 16:30

Project Management for Translators: Lindsay Bywood
Saturday, 23 March 2013
10:30 - 16:30

Summer Term 2013

Introduction to SDL Trados Studio 2011: Rocío Baños
Saturday, 13 April 2013
10:30 - 16:30

Interpreting and Technology: Óscar Jiménez Serrano
Saturday, 27 April 2013
10:30 - 16:30

Term Extraction and Terminology Management: Bettina Bajaj
Saturday, 11 May 2013
10:30 - 16:30