The FIT Congress, which is held every three years and co-hosted and organised by a FIT member association, is a marvellous forum for translators, interpreters, terminologists and educationists to come together and exchange ideas and information. We hope this year to have over 1 000 delegates from the countries where we have members and beyond. With over 10 000 members, the organisers of this year’s Congress – the American Translators Association – are well placed to present this event with FIT.
The theme of this year’s Congress is Bridging Cultures, which is appropriate since the congress offers an opportunity par excellence to bring many cultures together. The last such congress, held in Shanghai in August 2008, had over 1 500 delegates from a wide variety of countries. FIT is also using the Congress theme – Bridging Cultures – to mark International Translation Day on 30 September this year, a day which has long been celebrated by translators around the world and which we are working towards having officially recognised by the UN.
Details on the congress, the draft programme and exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities are available on the congress website: www.fit2011.org.
FIT is a federation of associations of translators, interpreters and terminologists, with member associations in 55 countries and through its 110 members representing almost 100 000 practitioners. As an International NGO with operational relations with UNESCO and roster status with ECOSOC, founded in 1953, FIT strives to promote the UNESCO ideals by organising an Open Congress every three years.