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If you have any queries that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact the conference team at: conference@sense-online.nl

An iPad workout for language professionals*

Alexander Drechsel, Brussels, Belgium

Have you ever wondered whether your tablet could be used for professional purposes, rather than just for reading, online shopping, or watching movies? Join an experienced conference interpreter and technology trainer and find out how your iPad can help you get things done faster and better – from reading, writing and reviewing documents to managing projects or knocking tasks off your to-do list while on the go.

We’ll start by discussing how language professionals can set up their devices for multilingual use and how it works seamlessly with your existing hardware. Next, we’ll discuss research and writing – from outlining and mind-mapping to finding the information or turn-of-phrase you’re looking for to writing whenever you want, wherever you are.

After that, participants will tackle collaborative writing and editing on a tablet. You’ll learn how to draft and review text with faraway colleagues, wrangle “track changes” in Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, and up your proofreading game by using audio or a stylus.

Finally, we’ll explore tips and apps that will help you to run your business from your tablet, including to-do lists, reminders, invoicing, and more. We’ll also check out some helpful accessories that are the perfect companion for your tablet.

At the end of this workshop, you’ll feel much more confident using your tablet and be inspired to make the most of it for your work.

* This workshop focuses on iPads, but can be adapted to accommodate both iPad and Android tablet users.


About the presenter

Claire Bacon

Alexander Drechsel is a senior European Union staff interpreter, working from English, French and Romanian into his native German. He has also translated several non-fiction books, he blogs on interpreting and technology, and produces two podcasts (The Troublesome Terps and LangFM). Alexander is an experienced technology trainer with many online and offline workshops under his belt, and has given several talks and presentations on technology topics at industry conferences (including ITI, CIOL, BDÜ, ATA, AIIC, and eCPD Webinars). His workshops are insightful, fun and friendly; and they focus on the participants, their skills and expectations.

SENSE 2020 Conference Terms and Conditions

  1. Conference fee includes conference sessions on Saturday afternoon, as well as lunch, dinner, drinks (beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks) during the ‘network borrel’ and during the conference dinner on Saturday and the conference sessions on Sunday. The conference fee does not include accommodation.
  2. The conference fee must be paid in full on registration and also includes a non-refundable deposit of €50.
  3. The early-bird fee is applicable to bookings paid before midnight on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. The standard fee is applicable to all bookings and payments made after Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Your place at the conference will be confirmed on receipt of your conference fee payment.
  4. SENSE members should log in before registering to obtain the discounted member price. Discounts are also available for members of SENSE’s sister organizations*. The discount code, obtainable from your society, should be entered on the registration page before clicking the ‘Register and pay now’ button.
  5. On confirmation of registration for the conference, delegates will receive a discount code applicable to workshop registration (Friday's workshops).
  6. If you have to cancel your booking for any reason, please let us know. If you cancel before midnight on 30 April 2020, we will refund your fee minus the deposit. No refunds will be made for cancellations after 30 April 2020 but you may pass your reservation on to another person. Please send us the name and email address of your replacement.
  7. Conference attendance is at your own risk. SENSE cannot be held liable for any damages to or loss of property or injuries caused for whatever reason.
  8. Participation in off-conference activities will be confirmed on receipt of your payment, if applicable, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  9. We will do everything within our capabilities to send you all the information you require for the conference. In the unlikely event that you don’t receive an email or the delegate information that you’re expecting, please send us an email.
  10. Please read all emails and delegate information carefully when it arrives and check that the details are correct. We’re human too and we do also (unfortunately) sometimes make mistakes.
  11. If you have any questions regarding a booking you have made or would like to make, please contact us at conference@sense-online.nl.
  12. SENSE reserves the right to cancel the conference with a refund less the non-refundable deposit of €50.
  13. Registration will close on Friday, 22 May 2020.


How to attract the clients you want by blogging

Claire Bacon, Germany

Blogging is a useful content marketing strategy that can help any language professional to promote their business by demonstrating their expertise to clients and peers. It’s an excellent way to attract the clients you want and to establish knowledge and competence in your field. Sharing useful content in blog articles can convince potential clients that you are the best person for the job and it can gain you credibility with your peers. But, despite these benefits, many small business owners don’t blog because they don’t know what they should write about.

In my talk, I hope to inspire you to try your hand at blogging by sharing how blogging helped me to build up my editing business and attract new clients that I really wanted to work with. To get you started, I will describe an easy approach to successful blogging that focuses on solving your client’s problems. To help you keep your blog running, I will give tips on planning your content. And to make sure people read your posts, I will talk about sharing and promoting your content. 

The goal of my talk is to convince you that you have something useful to say and to help you create a blog that works for you and your business.


About the presenter

Claire Bacon

Claire Bacon is a former research scientist with professional qualifications in copy editing and medical editing. She edits research papers for non-native English-speaking scientists and is the copy editor for the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. She publishes a monthly blog to help her clients with their research writing and is a member of the SENSE content team.

How to get to Maastricht

Maastricht is so close to Belgium that some of its suburbs actually cross the border. Germany is just down the road, so really it’s very easy to get there! Here are a few suggestions.

On foot


On foot: The obvious way if you live in or near Maastricht, BUT… the conference location is directly opposite Maastricht railway station, which is also where the international bus services stop. 


By train


By train: this is the obvious choice for people arriving from within the Netherlands; no parking charges and so close to the conference location. There are two direct trains an hour from Amsterdam Centraal and two trains an hour from Schiphol Airport with a change at Utrecht (journey time under 2½ hours, single fares about €27 second class).

You cannot reserve seats on Dutch trains, and it makes no difference in price to buy in advance (except on some international trains). Timetables (in English) can be found on the Dutch Railways website. Tickets can also be purchased from ticket machines in the baggage reclaim area at Schiphol Airport. There is also a staffed ticket office in the main concourse inside the airport and at Amsterdam Centraal. There is usually a small surcharge for using a credit card. Tickets can be booked online, and the site accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards.

Remember to keep your train ticket on you as you leave or enter a station! It has to be scanned at the turnstiles, and it may be checked on the train itself.


By car

By car: Maastricht is located on the A2 (E25) Amsterdam-Maastricht-Liège motorway and close to the A76 (E314) Antwerp-Aachen motorway. The conference hotel has its own private car park, and charges €19.50 per car per night. Please click here for more information about other places to park in Maastricht.


By air


By air: Maastricht has its own airport (which it shares with Aachen) but it’s basically only holiday flights that operate from there. There is however a greater choice of international airports, all of which are within a couple of hours from Maastricht:


Intercontinental airportsInternational airports
(mostly European flights operated by low cost carriers)
Regional airports
  • Antwerp 
    (including flights from London City Airport)
  • Liége
    (website in Dutch and French only, mostly holiday flights)


By high-speed train

By high-speed train: The Thalys  and Eurostar high-speed trains from Paris and London will take you as far as Brussels, and from there you can take a connecting train to Maastricht, changing at Liège. ICE trains from operate from Basel (CH), Frankfurt and Cologne, where you can take the train to Maastricht, changing at Aachen.

Fares for high-speed trains vary, reservation is required, and the earlier you book the cheaper it will usually be.


By ferry

By ferry from UK ports: The only overnight ferry which is reasonably convenient for Maastricht is the Hull to Zeebrugge service from P&O. Other services, such as Newcastle to IJmuiden (for Amsterdam) with DFDS, and Harwich to Hoek van Holland with Stena Line are fine if you plan to visit other parts of the Netherlands, but will involve a longer drive. Don’t consider cross-Channel routes to Calais and Dunkerque unless you are travelling by car, because there are no good public transport links to Maastricht. By car from Calais or Dunkerque, it is almost a 4 hour drive to the conference location (via Gent and Antwerp), depending on traffic.


By coach

By coach: There are services from many European cities operated by Eurolines, FlixBus, Terravision and Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) to Maastricht. They arrive at the new international coach terminal just opposite the conference location (due to open early 2020). Fares are cheap, but timetables are not always convenient and reports about the services vary. If you are flying with KLM into Amsterdam Airport, they offer a FREE coach service to and from Maastricht.


Transport information

 Transport information: Door-to-door English-language information on public transport to and around the Netherlands (not including flights and ferry routes) is available through www.9292.nl. It also contains information about any disruptions to travel. 9292 has apps for Apple or Android. The Dutch National Railways NS JourneyPlanner is also available in English with apps for Apple and Android.


Chip card

Public transport smart card: If you are staying longer in the Netherlands, it is worth buying a public transport smart card, called an OV-chipkaart, which you can top up and use on all public transport throughout the country. Locals and long-term visitors can purchase a personal OV-chipkaart, valid for public transport and bike rental. If you are just travelling to the conference and back, buying a ticket at the airport or station is the easiest option. You can buy single tickets on most buses but increasingly you cannot pay in cash, only with a debit or credit card – and it’s more expensive.

Fares and other information were correct at time of publication.

SENSE cannot be held responsible for any subsequent changes.

Conference Location:

Hotel de l’Empereur, Stationsstraat 2,
6221 BP Maastricht, Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)43 321 3838
email: info@hotel-empereur.nl

GPS: 50° 50' 59.59" N 5° 42' 16.168" E

SENSE 2020 Conference (6-7 June)


Maastricht Marketing/Jonathan Vos

We're pleased to announce that the SENSE 2020 Jubilee Conference will be held at the four star Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur in Maastricht.

The conference hotel is easy to find, just over the road from Maastricht station. Conference delegates will be able to book a room at the special conference rate once registration for the conference itself opens. 

For more information about the conference hotel, see the hotel's website



 © Image by Maastricht Marketing/Jonathan Vos. All rights reserved.


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Keynote speakers


 © Image from @lanegreene Twitter.com  

The SENSE 2020 Conference will open and close with a plenary session and keynote speaker.

The opening speaker is 100% confirmed. His name is Lane Greene, a writer and editor at The Economist, an American ‘journalist and author’ (as he calls himself) from Tennessee, now based in London.

He has published two books: You are what you speak (2011) and Talk on the wild side (2018). He edits Espresso and writes the ‘Johnson’ column on language for the newspaper. Lane is a graduate of Tulane and Oxford universities. For more info go to https://www.lanegreene.com

 © Image from @lanegreene Twitter.com  


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Friday 5 June 2020


Off-Conference activity: Friday morning sightseeing 


Parallel workshops relevant to editors, translators, writers, language professionals (separate registration, also open to those unable to attend the conference)

14:00–17:30 Parallel workshops relevant to editors, translators, writers, language professionals (separate registration, also open to those unable to attend the conference)


Off-Conference activity: Dinner in small groups (4–6) with fellow conference delegates at local restaurants (optional)

Saturday 6 June 2020


Off-Conference activity: Sightseeing tours  


Conference registration and hotel check-in


Buffet lunch


Conference sessions: Keynote speaker followed by parallel sessions


Post-conference networking opportunity with drinks and snacks


3-course networking dinner with open bar and tea/coffee

Sunday 7 June 2020


Conference sessions: Parallel sessions followed by keynote speaker


END of conference


Off-Conference activity: Lunch in the hotel or elsewhere  


Off-Conference activitySightseeing tours  

Note: Off-Conference activities are not included in the conference fee.


SENSE 2020 Conference

20/20 (Re)Vision:

Honing our skills to meet market challenges


 The call for proposals now closed

Call for proposals 

Presenter IMG 8103We invite proposals that relate to the theme of the conference: 20/20 (Re)Vision: Honing our skills to meet market challenges.

Whether you work in editing, translation, interpreting, copywriting, teaching or any other relevant field, don’t miss this opportunity to share your expertise with fellow professionals!

Priority will be given to presentations, panel discussions and TED-style talks that express a clear take-home message and explain its relevance to a broad range of professionals in our field. Presentations could describe promising practices, report research findings, demonstrate techniques, share experience with new technologies or provide knowledge updates. As a knowledge-sharing and peer-training network of professionals, SENSE encourages submissions from both seasoned and novice presenters with experiences and expertise to share.

To submit a proposal, please complete the online form, where you should provide us with an abstract of 200 to 300 words and a short biography (150 words maximum) by Friday, 1 November 2019. Contributors to the SENSE Conference 2020 will be granted a discount on the conference fee. SENSE is unable to reimburse their travel or accommodation expenses.

Your abstract should briefly describe the what, how, and why of your presentation and it should have an informative title. If you would like to discuss the suitability of your proposal before sending in your abstract, please feel free to contact John Linnegar at conference@sense-online.nl. 

Presentations could take one of three forms:

  • TED-style talk: 15-20 minutes (including questions)
  • Short presentation: 30 minutes (including questions)
  • Long presentation or panel discussion: 60 minutes (including questions)

Please indicate the proposed length of your presentation.

We also invite proposals for workshops, to be held the day before the conference, Friday 5 June. The duration of the workshops will be 3 hours 15 minutes (including a short break).

The deadline for submitting your proposal and biography is Friday, 1 November 2019*. You will be informed by mid-December 2019 whether your talk or workshop proposal has been accepted.

Complete the presentation proposal form here.

Complete the workshop proposal form here.

Whether or not you are considering giving a talk at SENSE Conference 2020, we think you'll find invaluable tips for talks and presentations in this book ‘TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking’ by Chris Anderson, Head of TED. Our conference team will also be using the ‘On Stage’ section of the book to help give our speakers the best possible experience. 

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

*Proposal deadline extended to Sunday 3 November 2019 at 23:59!


 © Image by photographer Vanessa Goad of SENSE’ 2017 PDD, held at the Eenhoorn Meeting Center Amersfoort on 23 September 2017. All rights reserved.


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