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The SENSE 2020 Conference in Maastricht features an extensive schedule of plenaries, presentations and short talks aimed at English-language professionals.

After the pre-conference workshops on the preceding day, the conference will formally open just after lunch on Saturday 6 June with a keynote speech by Lane Greene.This will be followed by a series of sessions presented by SENSE members and other language professionals – from Finland, Canada, the UK, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland – organised into three parallel streams. So, there’s plenty of relevant and insightful content to choose from.

Naturally, the nuts and bolts of translation, editing and language will be a common strand running through the programme, but more diverse topics addressing current and developing trends such ‘near-peer’ learning, digital nomadism and networking are also on the cards. But let’s not forget the more practical sides of our business, with a panel presentation on maintaining productivity as a parent of young children.

After our borrel and gala dinner on Saturday evening, we will pick up again bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after breakfast on Sunday 7 June with some more presentations, covering areas including plain English and language interference, plus – for the first time – a panel bringing together experienced SENSE members and young language professionals from Maastricht University to discuss client acquisition. What is more, Brian Mossop, author of the classic Editing and Revising for Translators, now in its fourth edition, will be joining us as a special guest speaker, marking the celebration of SENSE’s 30th anniversary as a society serving language practitioners in the Netherlands.

Before we head away for lunch and say our goodbyes, having satisfied our thirst for knowledge-sharing for another two years, the conference will wrap-up with a plenary by Emma Seddon on her research into the changing image of translators.

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