SENSE Conferences and PDDs

SENSE organizes conferences every two years and professional development days in alternate years.

The 2015 conference was held in Utrecht on 14 November 2015. It consisted of two plenary sessions, two elective sessions (with ten topics to choose from), a panel discussion, and lots of networking opportunities.

The 2018 conference was held in ’s Hertogenbosch on 9-10 June 2018. It featured two plenary sessions and five elective sessions (with 25 topics to choose from).

The 2020 conference was originally planned for Maastricht, but due to lockdown and the coronavirus it was moved online and took place over three days on 3-5 June 2020.  Attendees were treated to 15 separate workshops, as well as ample networking opportunities.  An additional 7 workshops were offered as an autumn jubilee during the same year.

The professional development days (PDD) are mini-conferences aimed primaily at SENSE members themselves.  The 2019 PDD was a one-day event in Amersfoort on 21 September 2019. It consisted of two plenary sessions and four elective sessions (with eight topics to choose from).

The 2021 PDD will be a two-day event online, on 18 and 25 September 2021.  It features two plenary sessions, three panel discussions, six elective sessions available on both days and 9 additional sessions to choose from, not to mention networking opportunities during specific times on Zoom and all day long on Wonder.

2019 PDD

When: Saturday 21 September 2019,

Registration opens at 9:00, the borrel will finish at 18:30

WhereDe Eenhoorn, Amersfoort (opposite NS station)

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Come join us for our Professional Development Day, the biennial event in which SENSE members learn from (and with) other members. This year's programme will include two great plenary talks, our first-ever translation slam and presentations by some of the society's best translators, copywriters and editors. There will also be plenty of time to socialise and network during the yummy buffet lunch and the end-of-the-day borrel. Don't miss it!

Sign up

Sign up (click the Register button on the event page) before the end of the day on 31 August to take advantage of a €25 early-bird discount!

SENSE members (through 31 August): €60
SENSE members (from 1 September): €85

Non-members (through 31 August): €120
Non-members (from 1 September): €145

Attendance at the SENSE PDD will entitle you to 6 PE points

Click here to register. Members, remember to log in!

The programme:

TimeWhat we are doing
9:009:30 Registration
Time for tea or coffee and networking
9:309:40 Welcome and introduction
9:4010:30

From Lada to Lamborghini: tips for gaining and retaining valuable repeat clients
(Jenny Zonneveld)

10:3011:00 Coffee break & networking
11:0011:50 An introduction to Cornwall and its languages
(Anita van Adelsbergen)
Translating in architecture
(Dianna Beaufort)
11:5512:45

Translating for fun and profit
(Peter Smethurst)

Copywriting: what is it and could you do it?
(Cathy Scott)
12:4513:45 Lunch break & networking
13:4514:35 What not to forget in your quotation
(John Linnegar & Jenny Zonneveld)
Introduction to Search Engine Optimisation
(Francis Cox)
14:4515:35

Translation slam
(Peter SmethurstCathy Scott)

The diverse skills and roles for language professionals in academia & science
(Jackie Senior & Kate McIntyre)
15:3016:00 Tea break & networking
16:0017:15 High-level writing, rhythm and flow
(Mike Hannay)
17:1517:30 Closing session
17:3018:30
Drinks, hapjes and (more) networking

 

 

 

Conference workshops

The SENSE 2020 Conference offers a solid programme of conference workshops. A prime opportunity to sink your teeth into some hardcore CPD during May and June.

You have seven workshops to choose from, covering a wide range of fields: from writing, editing and training, to technology, productivity and business. All workshops last 3½ hours and will be held on line, either 10:00 to 13:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00.

So, join us online in May and June for workshop or two to hone your writing or editing skills, get into the nitty-gritty of terms and conditions for your business, boost your proficiency in Microsoft Word, turn your workstation into a mobile office, and even develop a training plan.


Paul Beverley starts the series with Macros for writers, editors and translators. During the webinar, Paul will provide you with a whole range of macros to use in your work and will also give you a chance to try them out while he’s on hand to help you if you have queries.

‘Troublesome Terp’ and senior European Union staff interpreter Alexander Dreschel will seek to make a technophile out of you in An iPad workout for language professionals. Find out how your tablet computer can help you work productively and run your business on the move – whether it’s editing a text for a colleague or sending an invoice to a client.

Former chair of SENSE Jenny Zonneveld will be running her tried-and-tested Word skills for translators workshop, where you can delve into the advanced features of this tool that editors and translators could simply not do without. Why not discover how it can improve your productivity and how you can use certain features to improve the documents you deliver? Your clients will love you for it.

Something that language entrepreneurs may forget is that, since we are running a business, we need to have certain legal protections in place. Lawyer-linguist Sue Leschen will join us to present Terms and conditions for freelancers. Sue’s session will take delegates through drafting their own T&Cs and negotiating with clients, putting them in a stronger commercial position.

Word nerds might find themselves drawn to copy-editor John Linnegar’s workshop Getting to grips with connectors in English texts, which will examine the lexical items that editors and translators into English can employ to craft a seamless link between sentences and between their components. By working on texts that could do with improvement, delegates will look at ways of making them flow more smoothly.

Ann Bless will be bringing her interactive workshop on Ever thought of running a course on scientific writing? to Limburg. Drawing on her three decades of experience in running such courses, Ann will reveal her tactics for concocting a training plan to impart scientific writing skills for academia. These courses help researchers and PhD students ensure their article or thesis structure is in shipshape order.

Researcher and editor Jennifer de Beyer will run Using reporting guidelines for biomedical research, aiding delegates in understanding what reporting guidelines are and how to use them. By the end of this session, you will be able to identify a manuscript’s study design, recommend an appropriate reporting guideline, and highlight missing information to guide the author.

Click on the name or on a workshop block to find out more about the session and speaker.

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SENSE 2020 Conference
(3-5 June)

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SENSE Jubilee Conference goes online; conference workshops now in series

Click here to register for the online conference

Many of you will be pleased to learn that the Jubilee Conference team – with the sterling support of a group of die-hard and innovative presenters and workshop facilitators – have converted the in-person conference into a meeting of true minds. The opportunity to learn, to network and to share online couldn’t be better timed during these times of general gloom and social distancing. And the good news is that the SENSE Online Jubilee Conference continues to feature something for everyone – and at seriously keen prices too!

The online conference will be presented on the afternoons of 3, 4 and 5 June 2020; the workshops are no longer parallel but in series so you can attend as many as you like. The series kicks off on 16 May and will run through to 26 June – with one workshop to attend nearly each week during this period: there’s no doubt that you’ll be spoilt for choice, given the wide range of topics on offer. Head over to the programme page for all the details. 

We are pleased to announce that Paul Beverley’s Macros workshop on 16 May has been added to the conference workshop line-up. Consequently, its price has been reduced in line with the others in the series – check it out on the conference workshops page!

Registering, refunds and cancellations policy

If you have previously registered and paid for the conference and/or a workshop, and wish to attend one or more of the online events, when you register, select ‘Bank transfer’ as the payment method. We will then deduct your online workshops and conference from what you previously and refund you as appropriate. 

If you do not wish to attend any of the re-programmed online workshops and conference sessions and would like a full refund, less the € 50 non-refundable deposit, please contact Theresa Truax-Gischler at media@sense-online.nl.

Fees for online conference and workshops

In line with the reduced scale of the conference programme and because both the conference and the workshops are being presented online (thanks to Zoom), the pricing for both has been simplified and considerably reduced: to attend all three half-days of the conference will now cost only € 60 for members of SENSE and € 75 for non-members. The fee for attending an online workshop is now € 30 for members and € 60 for non-members. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to book separate tickets for just one or two conference days.

What's in store for you?

This being an online event, you will be able to register for either the whole conference (not the individual afternoons) and the workshops up to 16:00 on the day before the event.   

In these virus-disrupted days, practitioners are more keenly aware than ever of the risks and opportunities inherent in freelancing, and some innovative solutions, so topics related to this theme will feature strongly in the online programme. For instance:

  • the panel discussion, featuring a group of emerging freelance translators, on how to acquire and retain clients, which will be of particular relevance to the would-be’s and newbies out there;
  • the EC’s Emma Hartkamp sharing the EU’s take on ‘Future competence profiles of EU translators’;
  • from Finland, Tiina Kinunnen will be broaching a touchy side of freelancing familiar to us all in her presentation titled ‘From whining to shining: time to change the freelancer’s image’;
  • SENSE members Wendy Baldwin (‘Honing skills through near-peer exchange’) and Marieke Krijnen (‘Editing in the era of digital nomadism’) will share their solutions to the loneliness of the long-distance editor;
  • as will Sally Hill and Daphne Visser-Lees, who are out to share with us the positive outcomes ‘When editors share notes’;
  • and when time is money for most of us, Brian Mossop’s answers to the question ‘How much time does quality require?’ should have us all sitting on the edge of our seats in expectation!

So, what’s standing in your way of attending SENSE Online Jubilee Conference 2020 from the comfort of your own home?

See you there, on 3, 4 and 5 June – or in the front row at a workshop!

The SENSE Online Jubilee Conference planning team 
Ashley, Jenny, John, Ken, Liz, Lloyd, Marieke, Matthew and Theresa

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Sunday, 10 June

15:45–17:00, Boat trip on the Binnendieze: leave Hotel Centraal together

On this fifty-minute boat trip through the underground waterways of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, you will see all aspects of the Binnendieze river (the river that flows through and underneath the city). Travelling along the small waterways you can admire the finest spots of the historical city centre. The skipper-guide will tell you about the history and restoration of the walls, underpasses and arches. After passing through the Kruisbroedershekel you will leave the fortified city and arrive at the Singelgracht. The boat will then take you through the Grote Hekel and you will continue the tour within the city walls. We have reserved three boats for our group and have requested English speaking guides, though this cannot be guaranteed.

Departure point: Voldersgat: on the corner of Zuidwal – Oude Dieze (within walking distance of Hotel Central)

Price: €12.50 per person (non-refundable, including bottle of water).

Maximum 16 people per boat, if we fill up one boat, we will open registration for a second boat.

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Saturday, 9 June

10:00–12:00, Guided tour of ’s-Hertogenbosch : starts from Hotel Centraal

The tour will take you to the city highlights and is timed to arrive back at Hotel Central by 12:00, when registration opens for the conference. You can leave your luggage at the hotel before the walking tour starts.

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Hotel Central

Price:

Price: €7.50 per person, (non-refundable, including bottle of water) 

Friday, 8 June

10:00–12:30, Visit to Van Gogh Village, Nuenen

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You will experience Brabant hospitality at the SENSE 2018 conference. The sightseeing tour on the Friday will also give you the opportunity to tread in the footsteps of a native of Brabant, and one of the most famous painters of all time: Vincent van Gogh.

To see genuine Van Gogh paintings you’ll have to stay in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, because you won’t see any on this trip to the village of Nuenen. What you will see is where Van Gogh’s career as a painter began: where he produced his first masterpiece and a quarter of his work, all in the space of two years.

PROGRAMME FOR FRIDAY 8 JUNE

Travel to Nuenen, by car or public transport. It’s about a half-hour drive from ’s-Hertogenbosch. Parking is free in the village centre. Arrive at Café Restaurant Comigo between 09:00 and 10.00. Four activities are planned:

Vincentre museum: this exhibition opened eight years ago and is about Vincent van Gogh’s life from birth until the day he left Nuenen for Antwerp in 1885. It details how he painted his first masterpiece The Potato Eaters in the village. The museum provides an audio guide in English (or seven other languages) and has a shop and small café. The visit will take about one hour.

A walking tour of the open-air museum with an English-speaking guide. Nowhere in the world has more locations with a connection to Van Gogh than Nuenen: 22 buildings or sites that he painted or lived or worked in. These include his parents’ house and the church which was the subject of the painting that was stolen in 2002 and recovered last year. The walking tour will take about one hour.

Nune Ville, the home of Vincent’s lover Margot Begemann, was renovated last year. It usually only opens on Saturdays, but the owner has agreed to let us visit on the Friday. It is still a private home, but one room has been restored in authentic style and there is an interesting attic. The tour, which the owner will give, will take about 30 minutes.

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Lunch
If you don’t have to travel back to ’s-Hertogenbosch for workshops in the afternoon you can enjoy a typical Brabant lunch at Opwetten Watermill. Van Gogh painted this working watermill, because he often passed it on his way to buy paint in Eindhoven. Lunch will include soup, sourdough bread with various fillings, meat or vegetarian croquette and one drink (beer, wine or soft drink). Special dietary requirements can be catered for if you let us know in advance. Lunch will finish at about 14:30. You are then free to explore the village or make your way back home – or to your hotel.

 

 


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VAN GOGH VILLAGE NUENEN is offering SENSE members and conference delegates a 50% discount, the price for our tour is:
Full tour including lunch: €30.00 per person
Full tour without lunch: €15.00 per person
(Travel to and from Nuenen, coffee on arrival and extra drinks at lunch are not included in the price.)

You will receive details of public transport to Nuenen and where to park in the village at a later date.

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