Call for Speakers – American Translators Association’s 62nd Annual Conference, October 27-30, 2021

Call for Speakers

ATA is now accepting presentation proposals for the ATA 62nd Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 27-30, 2021. This will be a hybrid (in-person and virtual) Conference. All speakers should be prepared to present in person, in Minneapolis, unless ATA makes a decision to hold a fully virtual event. You will be asked to note your willingness to present in person only, virtually only, or either in person or virtually on the proposal submission form.

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 a recent ATA 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
• Health care, 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
• Health care, medicine
• Immigration
• Interpreting in schools
• Mental health, psychiatric exams
• Note-taking for interpreters
• Requirements, changes in interpreter certification
• 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.

Each proposal must be submitted as a Conference Session, but you may also request to be considered to offer an AST Course.
• Conference Sessions (Thursday, October 28 – Saturday, October 30) are 1- or 2-hour presentations, open to all attendees.
• AST Courses (Wednesday, October 27) are 3-hour workshops with limited capacity, providing intensive and interactive instruction.
• Distinguished Speakers are speakers invited by an ATA Division.

Proposals must be received by March 1, 2021. Submit your proposal today!

About the ATA Annual Conference

The ATA Annual Conference is essential for professional translators and interpreters to get the education and career development specific to their needs. Over 150 sessions are offered, featuring a variety of languages and specializations.

Speakers come from all over the world and volunteer to share their experience and expertise with all attendees. They are professional translators and interpreters, many of whom specialize in fields such as business, education, law, medicine, and more.

To learn more, please visit last year’s website for the ATA 61st Annual Conference.

Speaker Benefits

Speaking at the ATA Annual Conference is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. All proposals are selected through a competitive peer-review process. If your proposal is selected, you may take advantage of the following benefits:

Gain Recognition as an Industry Leader!

• By contributing to the advancement of your profession, you will build your reputation and résumé, widen your networking circle, and position yourself as a key player to help shape the future of the T&I industry.
• Your name will be featured in the Preliminary Program, sent to over 10,000 people, and in the Final Program, provided to each conference attendee. Your biography will also appear on the Conference Website and App.
• You will receive a Speaker ribbon with your attendee badge so that you will be recognized throughout the event.
• Your session will be assigned a hashtag so you can promote it before and during the conference on social media.

Save on Conference Fees!

The Primary Speaker* of each presentation receives a discount of $100 off the Full Registration rate (not applicable for Saturday-Only rates).
(*For each presentation, ATA designates one Primary Speaker who is responsible for coordinating the presentation. Any additional speakers involved must register at the regular rate if they wish to attend sessions and events.)

Tips for Preparing a Successful Proposal

• Do not send any supplemental material. The decision to accept your proposal is based only on the information provided this proposal. Information provided separately will not be considered.
• Submit a complete proposal. If you are unable to submit a complete proposal at this time, please consider a submission for next year. Incomplete submissions will be disregarded.
• Polish your proposal. Only well-written abstracts and bios will be taken into consideration.
• Focus on education. Proposals that appear to focus on selling products or services will be rejected.
• Know your audience. Your proposal should be designed for attendees with a specific level of experience. Preference will be given to proposals designed for audiences with five or more years of professional experience.
• Make it relevant. Your proposal should provide clear objectives for what attendees will learn and how they can apply this knowledge.
Please limit your number of submissions to (3) proposals. Additional submissions will be disregarded.
•Learn more about how to write a winning ATA conference proposal by watching a 60-minute webinar, presented by Corinne McKay. CLICK HERE to view.

Submit your proposal by March 1, 2021.


Adrian Aleckna, ATA Professional Development Manager at

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