• From 13 April 2020 19:30 until 13 April 2020 21:00
    This will be a chance to check-in to see how everyone is faring in the time of COVID-19, to share updates from the SENSE AGM, and to discuss plans for future meetings.
  • From 06 April 2020 10:00 until 06 April 2020 12:30
    Eastern SIG meeting in Zwolle: two seasoned editors will discuss their edits and comments on an excerpt from a client’s manuscript.
  • From 17 March 2020 20:00 until 17 March 2020 22:00
    ZH SIG meeting
  • From 11 March 2020 19:30 until 11 March 2020 21:30
    Utrecht SIG meeting. Please note: new location!
  • From 20 February 2020 17:00 until 20 February 2020 19:00
    A civil case where a Dutch court was asked to rule on the quality of a translation
  • From 20 February 2020 16:30 until 20 February 2020 18:30
    Categories: SIG meetings
    We will discuss the unique challenges associated with editing specialized medical/biomedical texts.
  • From 31 January 2020 18:30 until 31 January 2020 20:30
    At Westplein 50, 3531 BL Utrecht, Netherlands Categories: SIG meetings
    An Editor-in-Chief of an international scientific journal reveals his experiences with Elsevier & MIT Press, & their different views on language quality.
  • From 22 January 2020 20:00 until 22 January 2020 22:00
    A chance for SENSE members in the northern provinces to meet, greet and re-connect.
  • From 13 December 2019 14:30 until 13 December 2019 16:30
    Categories: SIG meetings
    Theresa Truax-Gischler & Maria Sherwood-Smith will give a presentation.
  • From 07 December 2019 13:30 until 07 December 2019 17:00
    Categories: SIG meetings
    SENSE Ed: Online Resources for Academic Writing
  • From 14 November 2019 19:00 until 14 November 2019 21:30
  • From 30 October 2019 17:00 until 30 October 2019 21:00
    Categories: SIG meetings
    A chance for SIG conveners to meet each other and exchange experiences with the aim of keeping our SIGS vibrant and relevant for our members.
  • From 04 October 2019 15:30 until 04 October 2019 18:30
    At Gasthuisplein 23, 8011 SB Zwolle Categories: SIG meetings
  • From 11 September 2019 19:30 until 11 September 2019 21:30
    The first Utrecht SIG meeting after the summer holidays.
  • From 06 September 2019 18:30 until 06 September 2019 20:30
    Categories: SIG meetings
    We’re trying out a new venue for this freestyle meeting at which we’ll discuss topics you’ve suggested. It’s an excellent opportunity to swap ideas and tips, seek advice on aspects of your work and share your triumphs and insights. Email your topic suggestions asap to me, Joy (
  • From 10 July 2019 19:30 until 10 July 2019 21:30
    The next Utrecht SIG meeting is Wednesday 10 July. Sorry for the delay in getting the annoucement up on the website, but better late than never! Because of uncertain availability of a room at the Park Plaza, we will meet at one of the cafés at Utrecht Central Station again. Starting at 19:30 and ending around 21:30. (I'm going to scope out the other cafés upstairs this week to see if they can accommodate us. They have more generous opening hours than Bistrot Centraal. I will email everyone who registers to let you know what it ends up being.) If you’d like to come, please reserve a spot using the register button at the top of this page. I am still thinking of a text (which will also depend on how many people are joining), and there will also be time to discuss other topics about language, translation, clients (both good and bad), etc. Hope to see you then!
  • From 20 June 2019 19:00 until 20 June 2019 21:30
    Of course, you’ve spotted where Rob’s title comes from: our good friend Jean Baptiste Colbert, a French finance minister under Louis XIV, “the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing.” Worry not, Rob won’t be reviewing the salt tax or other delights of seventeenth century French taxation. Rob will begin with a hypothetical company and how it is taxed by itself. Then he’ll describe what happens as it grows and starts to form a group, first domestically then internationally, what facilities and arrangements it can use to optimise its tax situation, and how it interacts with the tax authorities. No need to hiss when Rob does the talking. Or to lose feathers. Rob spent three years working as an in-house translator for Meijburg & Co, where the translators and legal editors were part of the Vaktechniek department and worked closely with its tax lawyers. As a freelancer, he’s translated hundreds of tax texts for firms such as Meijburg, DLA Piper and Houthoff.
  • From 11 June 2019 19:00 until 11 June 2019 21:30
    At Westplein 50, 3531 BL Utrecht, Netherlands Categories: SIG meetings
    On infographics …. and writing ‘Due to popular demand’ the evening will be dedicated to infographics. How they have invaded our writing lives, what we should know about them and what we can do with them. We are happy to announce that guest speaker Joost Bakker will be revealing how he fulfills his promise to clients that they: “Can be sure [their] complex messages are translated into compelling and clear visuals of the highest standard that are understood by [their] audience.”
  • From 11 June 2019 10:00 until 11 June 2019 12:30
    The topic of the meeting is "Levels of Editing”. Having known each other for some time - and passed on clients to one another - freelance editors Kumar Jamdagni and Sally Hill are well aware that they do not always change the same things. But they are also aware that clear communication with the client is essential so that the client knows what to expect in terms of the level of editing provided. Before the meeting, Kumar and Sally will edit a 300-word text. At the meeting they will compare their edits and hear from other SENSE members whether or not they agree (e.g. why would you (not) change something? are the changes justified?). The text will of course also be made available to anyone else who wants to have a go beforehand, but preparation is not compulsory. Attendance is free of charge to SENSE members and includes coffee and tea. If you wish to attend, please register above.
  • From 25 May 2019 13:30 until 25 May 2019 17:00
    At Westplein 50, 3531 BL Utrecht, Netherlands Categories: SIG meetings
    Teaching students how to speak a language properly, as opposed to writing it, can be quite challenging. To begin with, there are so many approaches to the subject that it can be difficult to make the right choice. Additionally, speaking is a very public matter, and the teacher often has to deal with students’ embarrassment and insecurities. There are foreign university students who have a better grasp of writing than of speaking, and they require extra support in learning to communicate their ideas verbally. This is especially true of students from some Asian countries. At this SENSE Ed meeting, we are pleased to be able, for the first time, to present our topic in the form of a panel discussion. Michelle Mellion, Iris Maher and Tom Johnston will be on hand to talk about their experiences and offer tips and advice. All of them are long-time members of SENSE with wide experience in teaching spoken English in a variety of educational settings, so it should be an instructive and entertaining afternoon. Please register directly for the event on the SENSE website if you plan to attend. I look forward to seeing many of you on 25 May.

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