Every three years, the International Federation of Translators FIT (Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs) holds its flagship industry event choosing a different international host each time. Following successful events in Shanghai in 2008, San Francisco in 2011, and the hugely successful XX FIT World Congress 2014 in Berlin, FIT is pleased to have the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators as its hosts for 2017.
The XXI FIT World Congress will take place in Brisbane, Australia from 3 – 5 August 2017.
The world is welcome to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, where interpreters, translators and terminologists, their clients, Industry Stakeholders, representatives of governmental authorities, university teachers and students will explore industry themes, hone their craft and network with international colleagues at the beautiful Brisbane Riverside Cultural Precinct.
FIT World Congresses are for everyone in the industry, whether members of a FIT association or not.
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The theme will address the dizzying rate of technological change within the industry and the current challenges it provides for practitioners, service providers and clients alike, through presentations, panel discussions, workshops, tool
demonstrations and exhibition, with experts from across the globe. It will take trends and developments in the profession and put them into sharp focus for forging a pathway to the future.
The working language of the congress is English. All Keynote and Plenary addresses will be interpreted into French and the Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN). A few of the other presentations will be interpreted as well.
An accompanying trade exhibition and a job exchange round off the programme and provide additional opportunities to establish professional networks across the globe.
Event organizer AUSIT, The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators is excited to present a Trade Exhibition and a Stakeholder Networking Forum for attendees and industry stakeholders to connect.
The venue for the XXI FIT World Congress is the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at Brisbane’s Southbank. Further information can be found at the FIT World Congress venue tab.
FIT is the association of associations, the professional body representing associations of Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters worldwide. Representing over 100 professional associations in 55 countries, FIT actively promotes professionalism, communication, advancement and recognition within the profession.
Its International profile and visibility, give FIT adviser status with UNESCO, Liaison status on ISO standards, and have led to international initiatives such as the Resolution in support of our colleagues working in Conflict Zones in partnership with Red T and the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), and the FIT ID Card for TTIs working in conflict zones.
Aiming to provide an avenue for these associations to communicate and work together and to foster best practice and high standards, it produces position papers and press releases on issues of interest to the profession, provides Forums of communication such as its member E-group and Publishes its academic journal, Babel.
Founded in Paris n 1953, it has regional centres in Europe, Latin America, and North America, which inform FIT Mundus on regional specific concerns and promote regional cooperation and inter-communication.
The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is the national association for the translating and interpreting profession. AUSIT bid for and won the 2017 World Congress of the International Federation of Translators with the city of Brisbane, Australia.
AUSIT is committed to providing a forum for exchange, fostering the development of professional relationships with fellow translators and interpreters, agencies and language service users, government departments, tertiary institutions and other industry stake holders, and promoting ethics and quality standards through the industry.
AUSIT is experienced in managing events and training workshops throughout the year to provide members the best opportunities to grow as translators and interpreters. This includes two signature events – the AUSIT Biennial National Conference and the AUSIT Excellence Awards.
The Australian Sign Language Interpreters’ Association (ASLIA) is a non-profit body and is the national peak organisation representing the needs and interests of Auslan/English interpreters and Deaf Interpreters in Australia. The Association is comprised of a national Executive Committee, a Representative Council and branches in most states/territories.
ASLIA was established in April 1991 and was initially known as the Association of Australian Sign Language Interpreters (AASLI). State Associations were developed prior to the creation of ASLIA.
ASLIA’s vision is to seek to lead and promote best practice in sign language interpreting across Australia. To achieve this, ASLIA provides policies and a platform for the views of sign language interpreters throughout the nation on a variety of issues, including: training, on-going professional development, recruitment, working conditions, remuneration, and the provision of services within the sign language interpreting sector. In addition, ASLIA is a member the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) and one key aspect of this membership is to support sign language interpreting practitioners in developing countries within the Australasian & Oceania region.