SENSE Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SENSE has a number of special interest groups (SIGs) which meet regularly throughout the country. They are open to all members, and guests are welcome to attend one or two meetings before deciding whether they would like to join SENSE.

If you would like to attend one of our SIG meetings, please email our Programme Secretary at events@sense-online.nl

 

Copywriting SIG

If you’re looking for a place to share your copywriting experiences while giving and receiving advice…look no further! The SENSE Copywriting SIG provides an opportunity for both new and experienced copywriters to network and share tips, tricks (and tantrums!) of the copywriting trade. We meet several times a year in Utrecht at the Park Plaza Hotel for an evening full of insights and light-hearted discussion. In the past, we’ve dealt with topics as wide-ranging as:

  • What exactly copywriting is
  • Client acquisition
  • How to deal with clients once you’ve got them
  • How to deal with bad briefs (and how to get good ones)
  • Rates
  • Writing for the web
  • And many more...

 

FINLEGSIG

FINLEGSIG meets in Amsterdam three to four times per year to discuss issues relevant to translating and editing financial and legal documents. We are a group of about 30 highly interactive and feisty translators and editors. Our meetings are generally held on weekday evenings. FINLEGSIG meetings are open to all SENSE members and friends. Our activities include:

  • hosting speakers on specific professional skills,
  • offering training in areas of legal and/or financial translating, interpreting and editing,
  • sharing resources and tools,
  • discussing editorial guidelines and stylistic issues,
  • locating sources for English-language translations of Dutch and EU legislation.

FINLEGSIG also maintains finleg-lex, a listing of titles and PDFs of non-copyrighted translations of Dutch legislation made available in English. This is an ongoing project and is available only to SENSE members.

 

LitSIG

LitSIG is the special interest group for literary translation and editing. It meets periodically in Utrecht.

 

SENSE Ed

SENSE Ed is a special interest group that meets several times each year to discuss topics relevant to teachers and educators. We meet at Park Plaza Hotel, Utrecht (a short walk from Utrecht Central Station).

 

SenseMed

SenseMed is a special interest group for those members of SENSE who are concerned with medical, scientific and related subjects.Unlike the other SENSE SIGs, we do not meet in person, except for an occasional workshop or scheduled event. However, we do interact with each other regularly through our Yahoo Groups forum. Currently we have about 60 members with a core of around 15 people who are active participants. The questions posed on the forum are many and varied, covering topics from interpreting Flemish radiology reports to the intricacies of the Dutch health insurance system to the different terminology used in describing psychiatric conditions in children and adults. A question to SenseMed always gets a rapid response, sometimes results in extensive debate and generally provides a satisfactory answer. As we are lucky enough to be able to count scientists, teachers of scientific writing, psychologists, nurses and biologists among our ranks, SenseMed is an invaluable resource.

 

SIG Far North

The members of SIG Far North live or work in the far north of the Netherlands. They meet three or four times a year in Groningen.

 

UniSIG

The UniSIG special interest group enables editors and translators who work with academic texts (e.g. theses, dissertations, essays) to network and share experiences. The venue for meetings is the Park Plaza HOtel, close to Utrecht Central Station.
 

Utrecht SIG

The Utrecht group meets every two months, on the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months, at the Park Plaza Hotel, close to Utrecht Centraal station. We concentrate on translation but by the second half of the evening usually discuss other professional (and other) issues.

 

Zuid-Holland SIG

The Zuid-Holland Special Interest Group covers a broad range of subjects. The group meets several times a year, generally in Den Haag.