ATA61: Call for Presentation Proposals

Boston, Massachusetts | October 21-24, 2020
ATA61 Call for Proposals

The American Translators Association is now accepting presentation proposals for ATA’s 61st Annual Conference. Proposals must be received by March 2, 2020. 

The Conference Organizer is looking for relevant, original content that will provide attendees information they can use to build, grow, and manage a translation or interpreting business. Participants in ATA’s recent Professional Development Survey reported they were particularly interested in the following topics:


  • Advertising, marketing, transcreation
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Audiovisual, multimedia, subtitling
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Business communications, management
  • Commercial, corporate law
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Court proceedings, documents
  • Education, pedagogy (translation programs, K-12 and higher)
  • Environment, sustainability issues
  • Finance, accounting, economics
  • Healthcare, patient-related communication
  • Immigration
  • Industrial, mechanical engineering
  • International development
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics, general translation skills
  • Literature
  • Machine translation, post-editing
  • Medical devices
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Research, clinical trials
  • Social media
  • Terminology
  • Travel, tourism
  • Website and software localization


  • Community interpreting
  • Conference interpreting
  • Consecutive interpreting skills-building
  • Criminal, family, civil law
  • Depositions, pre-trial conferences
  • Healthcare, medicine
  • Immigration
  • Mental health, psychiatric exams
  • Note-taking for interpreters
  • Requirements, changes in interpreter certification
  • School conferences, meetings
  • Simultaneous interpreting skills-building
  • Tools, resources to develop interpreting skills
  • Video remote interpreting
  • Workers’ compensation, disabilities

Business Practices and Tools

  • CAT tools
  • Communication skills, client relations
  • Cybersecurity, privacy, GDPR
  • Financial, retirement planning
  • Independent contracting, from A to Z
  • Marketing, branding
  • Negotiation skills, contracts
  • Payment practices
  • Productivity, organizational systems
  • Social media, digital presence
  • Website design, management
  • Work/life balance

Proposals will be selected through a competitive peer-review process. The potential for the presentation to engage the audience and generate discussion will be considered by reviewers.

How to write a winning conference proposal
ATA’s webinar How to Write a Winning ATA Conference Proposal takes you through the process step-by-step. Common pitfalls? Convincing proposal style? Presentation tips? This free webinar has it all!  You do not need to be an ATA member to submit a proposal. If you know someone who would make a great presentation, please encourage them to submit their proposal for the ATA61 Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts!


Need more information?
Contact Adrian Aleckna
Professional Development Manager
Phone:  +1-703-683-6100, ext 3019

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