Department of English and American Studies
Translation and Interpreting Section
Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

is pleased to invite you to the

Translation and Interpreting Forum Olomouc 2019

"Teaching Translation vs. Training Translators"

November 15–16, 2019

Since 2011, when it was held for the first time, the Translation and Interpreting Forum Olomouc has established itself as an open platform which is not limited only to an academic exchange within translation and interpreting studies research but embraces discussion with all players in the field of cross-language communication (see archive for TIFO 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011).

The 2019 conference theme "Teaching Translation vs. Training Translators" revisits the topic of education and training of translators/interpreters. The featured guest speakers for TIFO 2019 are Luc van Doorslaer (University of Tartu / KU Leuven) and Chris Durban (freelance financial translator, Paris). We welcome proposals addressing, without limitation, the following topics::

● teaching translation and interpreting: theory and practice
● balancing translator competences – language, thematic, etc.
● fitness for market as the ultimate goal?
• translating into L2: a market need or a forbidden path?
• changing role of the interpreter: implications for the classroom
• technologies in the classroom and in the field
● translation in language teaching – the fifth skill
● CPD – university degree awarded, professional development
• translation as a labour of love or source of income?

We welcome BOTH papers presenting results of academic research AND contributions by professionals in the field. The invitation to participate is extended to all parties concerned: academics (teachers and students), professional translators and interpreters, trade organisations and professional institutions, publishing houses, agencies providing language services, "in-house" language departments of transnational corporations, companies developing support tools and technology, et cetera.

The list of speakers has been closed (preliminary programme here). 
Selected papers are to be published in a peer-reviewed thematic volume. Publications from previous TIFO conferences are available here: 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011. See also OMLM Vol. 4 on TQA.

Detailed programme:

Detailed final programme of the conference can be downloaded here.

The conference will take place at the Faculty of Arts, Křížkovského 10, Olomouc (see on Google Maps). The social evening will take place at Palacký University Arts Centre, Univerzitní 3, Olomouc (see on Google Maps). See also the meeting point for the guided tour  and the venue of the welcome drink for early arrivals on Thursday.

Registration and Payment:

Please fill in the electronic registration form (download here) and send it by e-mail to . The conference fee is 50 EUR / 1,300 CZK. Payment details here.

Organising Committee:
Ondřej Klabal
Pavel Král
Ondřej Molnár
Jitka Zehnalová







dormsWe can offer accommodation for a reduced price at the university dormitories. Single rooms (1 bed) and shared rooms (2 beds) are available. The prices range from 10 to 25 EUR per night. Capacities are limited, accommodation can be guaranteed only for early registrations. If interested, please fill in the appropriate part of the registration form.

In case you want to arrange accommodation on your own, some suggestions for hotels follow. All are either within a walking distance from the venue or just a few stops away by bus or tram. Prices are for a single room.

(1) Hotel U Dómu *** from 50 EUR
(2) Penzion Na Hradě *** from 58 EUR
(3) Hotel Arigone *** from 83 EUR
(4) Hotel Alley **** from 73 EUR
(5) Hotel NH Olomouc Congress **** From 111 EUR
(6) Poets’ Corner Hostel hostel from 17 EUR
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About the City of Olomouc:

OlomoucOlomouc is the capital of the region of Central Moravia and belongs to the oldest cities of the Czech Republic. The region is distinguished for its agriculture, industry and beautiful countryside, as well as its historical and cultural traditions. The city dates back to the ninth century, when it was a power centre of the Great Moravian Kingdom, the oldest Slavonic state. Today Olomouc has above 100,000 inhabitants and its long history makes it one of the most beautiful cities of the Czech Republic, mainly due to its well preserved historical inner city (after Prague, second largest in the Czech Republic). More...


About Palacký University:

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Palacký University in Olomouc is the second oldest university in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest in Central Europe. Drawing on more than 400-year tradition of higher education it is nowadays a renowned centre for teaching and research. University attracts students from other European and overseas countries. With more than 23,000 students on eight faculties, it provides quality education and excellent background for research in the wide range of academic disciplines. More...

About us:

Translation courses have been taught at the Department of English and American studies for decades. In response to general demand for a specialized major in translation studies, a B.A. study programme English for Translation and Interpreting opened and accepted first students in 2007. Since then the M.A. programme has been accredited as well, opening for the first undergraduates in 2011. The Translation and Interpreting Section is a young team of academics seeking to train a new generation of professionals ready to answer the challenges of the translation and interpreting trade. Major support for building the new study programmes came from the EU grants. More...