Symposium on the Future of the Interpreting Profession

21 Jul 17

08:30 — 17:30

Cartagena, Colombia



Intercontinental Hotel

Organised by
Private Market Sector Standing Committee


8.30-9.00 Opening and welcoming remarks

  • Sergio Álvarez Rubio (Coordinator of PriMS, AIIC)
  • Angela Keil (President, AIIC) 
  • Eduardo Kahane (Main speaker on the future of the interpreting profession, AIIC)

9.00-12.30 Panel 1: Interpreters and Technology. How will technology affect the profession? What technology for the various modes of interpreting? Opportunities and threats.


  • Gilles Goudreault (President, Congress Rental Network)
  • Dr. Rob Davidson (Managing Director, MICE Knowledge)
  • Klaus Ziegler (Technical & Health Committee, AIIC)
  • Dr. Marc Orlando (Research Committee, AIIC; via live video)

12.30-14.00Lunch provided by the Private Market Sector of AIIC

14.00-17.30 Panel 2: Interpreters and Their World. 

How will social, geopolitical, and economic changes affect demand for interpretation (e.g. migration and conflicts, changes in the prominence and use of languages, the need for court and community interpretation, etc)?


  • Dr. Rob Davidson (Managing Director, MICE Knowledge)
  • Dr. Christiane Driesen (Legal & Court Interpreting Committee, AIIC)
  • Dr. Barbara Moser (Director of InZone, Université de Genève; via live video)
  • Eduardo Kahane (Main speaker on the future of the interpreting profession, AIIC)

17.30-17.45: Wrap-up and Future Perspectives 

  • Eduardo Kahane (Main speaker on the future of the interpreting profession, AIIC)
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