It's not often that a language-specific conference (a language other than English, that is) comes to the United States, so we are delighted to share the following information that we have received from the organizers of ESLETRA. Suffice it today that medical translation superstar Dr. Fernando Navarro will be one of the keynote speakers. Unfortunately, we have other engagements that weekend (Judy will be attending an event in LA), so we won't be able to make it -- we wish we'd heard about this sooner so we could have made plans!
ESLETRA is putting on a fantastic all-Spanish conference in New York City April 25 and 26 (right around the corner) with world-class speakers, many of whom don't come to the US on a regular basis. For more information about the ESLETRA 5th International Conference, please visit their website.
This is the first time that this conference, which is projected to attract roughly 130 attendees, is held in the US. It's been a few years since the last ESLETRA conference, which was held in Toledo, Spain, in 2008. This year's event is co-sponsored by the Spanish Language Division of the American Translators Association, and our friend and SPD administrator Francesa Samuels will be one of the speakers. As of the time of this writing, there are still a few seats up for grabs, so don't delay!
Here is some additional information about ESLETRA, which the organization sent us:
Who we are
ESLETRA, acronym of El Español, Lengua de Traducción (Spanish – Language of Translation), is the name of an association founded in
in 2002 by a group of translators working in the European Union institutions. The mission of ESLETRA is the organization of
international conferences on translation and related disciplines to promote
awareness of the profession.
ESLETRA firmly believes that international relations are inconceivable without translation, as translators are, by definition, facilitators of dialog and understanding. The contribution of translation to an integrated and consistent society is also an undisputable factor, specially in labor and welfare environments.
TREMÉDICA has been a traditional partner of ESLETRA, supporting and promoting by different means its activities from the very beginning. It has also been one of the cornerstones of the organization’s conferences by providing a highly qualified group of speakers, well known in the world of medical translation. Among them, Fernando Navarro, the author of the Diccionario crítico de dudas inglés-español de medicina.
With the support of public and private organizations, ESLETRA has already organized four conferences, one in Almagro (
two in Toledo ( Spain)
and one in Puebla ( Mexico). The events focused on different aspects of
Spanish as a language for translation: Spanish, an International Language,
The Words of the Translator, Translation: Contact and Pollination,
and Spanish: -- a Translation language for Dialog and Cooperation.
The proceeds of those conferences, published at the Centro Virtual Cervantes (http://cvc.cervantes.es/lengua/esletra/default.htm), show the wide range of topics and issues discussed at the events. They also highlight the network of professionals working in non-linguistic fields that supports the actual work of translators, both institutional and freelancers.
Considering that the city of
New York is currently one of
the main centers of international relations, ESLETRA has requested the
collaboration of TREMÉDICA, a professional translators association registered
in , to celebrate their 5th Conference
in the City, which will focus on Spanish translation within international
organizations. New York State
With the participation of translators and interpreters from the United Nations, the European Union, the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund and other international institutions, a distinguished group of participants will reflect on the current status of the profession at these institutions. Some of the topics to be covered are listed in the last page of this document.
ESLETRA, a non-profit, tax exempt association has requested the collaboration of TREMÉDICA regarding the administrative and financial management of the proposed 5th Conference, and TREMÉDICA, an income tax exempt association under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, has agreed to act as Fiscal Sponsor of such Conference, given it considers it is consistent with its purpose and mission.