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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 reach, 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 www.amrathhotelempereur.nl



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SENSE 2020 Conference (6-7 June)

Keynote speakers


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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 ubooks: You are what you speak (2011) and Talk on the wild side (2018).

He edits Espesso 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

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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)


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  


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



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.


SENSE Conferences and PDDs

The SENSE strategy is to organize conferences and professional development days in alternate years. The first SENSE conference was held in Utrecht in 2015 to mark 25 years of SENSE.

SENSE held its next conference in 2018 in ’s Hertogenbosch. The conference started on Saturday with lunch and closed on Sunday at lunch time. The programme also included pre-conference workshops and off-conference activities.

SENSE is now making plans for the next conference in 2020 which will also mark SENSE's 30th anniversary. The format will be similar to the successful 2018 formula.  

The internal Professional Development Day (PDD) is a one-day conference for SENSE members, by SENSE members.

The next PDD will be held in Amersfoort on Saturday 21 September 2019.

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

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)

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)

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
Drinks, hapjes and (more) networking




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Save the date for the SENSE 2020 Jubilee Conference.

The conference location was announced at the close of the PDD on 21 September 2019.

 © Image by photographer Michael Hartwigsen, taken at the 2018 SENSE Conference in Hotel Centraal, Den Bosch, 9-10 June 2018. All rights reserved.


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network event

Perhaps you attended my presentation on networking at the Professional Development Day in September 2017, or at the SENSE Jubilee Conference in November 2015. Or perhaps you read my 2016 article in eSense 40. But even if you’ve never heard of me, you will likely know that freelance language professionals need to use their networks to bring in new client and stay up to date with developments. (By the way, I hope those of you who attended the conference have, like me, gone on LinkedIn and connected with all those new people you met at the conference. That’s what those business cards are for – then you can throw them in the paper bin!)

Not taking my own advice

Despite all my well-meaning advice to other freelancers, I recently found myself telling myself off at a networking event. It’s so easy to forget those ground rules! The rule I broke? – remembering that not only are the people in your own network potential clients, but also the people in their networks.


I moved house several months ago to a massive new housing development that the Dutch call a Vinex-location (did you know that Vinex stands for Vierde Nota Ruimtelijke Ordening Extra?). It turns out that the Stadshagen development in Zwolle not only houses more than 20,000 people, it also has a local business network. The Stadshagen Ondernemers Platform meets regularly just two minutes’ walk from my house, so how could I not go?

Disability insurance made interesting

The theme of their June meeting was – most excitingly – insurance for business owners, which is actually a topic close to my heart as I am currently sorting out disability insurance and liability insurance for my business. (More about that in another post soon I hope – I’m still getting the paperwork sorted.)

A fellow freelancer from my Broodfonds in Zwolle first gave a presentation about the concept (see my previous article in eSense 44 for more info on this) and about her own experiences after having to report sick. This was followed by a presentation on insurance for business owners, disability insurance in particular, given by an insurance broker who has his own company – very down to earth and easy to follow I must say.

So what went wrong?

After questions and plenty of discussion about the various options for insuring yourself, but before the networking borrel – probably what many of us came for – it was time for a couple of agenda items from the organizing committee. One was a reminder to email them a business card to ask to be profiled on the SOP’s Facebook page to promote our businesses. After all, the page has 250 followers and the freelance florist who was on there recently got several hundred likes.

And here it comes: ‘So what?’, I thought. ‘There’s no point in me advertising my services to other business owners in the area as this is not where my clients are. My potential clients are at universities, hospitals and private companies, not here in the neighbourhood. That’s more for the freelance florists, coaches, event planners, financial advisers and online marketing consultants, not for me.’ WRONG! All those freelancers have their own networks. And the people in their networks may need scientific reports writing or manuscripts editing, or be looking for someone to teach a writing course at their company/lab/university/department.

Just tell people what you do

So as I wandered out to the terrace with a drink in my hand, doing my best to overcome that fear of not knowing anyone and wondering what to say, I ended up giving myself a good talking-to and made sure that I let people know what I did, that I enjoyed what I did and that I am good at it! And yes, I will be sending in my business card to profile my business on the Facebook page – you just never know.

Do you have a networking story to tell? One that led to work? Or even one that went badly? Add your story to the comments or write your own post for the blog. We’d love to hear from you.

Sally HillSally Hill is an editor and writer for the SENSE blog and newsletter and a British biologist-turned-linguist who runs a business called Scientific Texts.

SENSE is grateful to our 2018 Conference sponsors


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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