Is translation dead? Machine translation, post-editing and the challenges that lie ahead


Ten years and four editions after the first event of the series, the TeTra international conference will be back on March 14 and 15, 2019. This fifth edition will focus on the technology that has gained ground more than any others in the world of language services: machine translation.

How and how much have modern TA systems improved? How can (or should) these systems be exploited, and which skills are most needed to compete in today's market? And above all: is it so plausible that artificial intelligence will replace human intelligence in the near future?

These questions will be at the centre of the two-day programme at TeTra:

  • The first day, mainly intended for an academic audience, will centre on the training of translators, with a special focus on the theme of revision and post-editing.


  • The second day will be aimed at an audience of professionals and will focus on machine translation. It will include a series of events, including: practical workshops, three speeches by internationally renowned speakers – all with close ties to the industry – and a concluding round table to encourage interaction with the public. Given the success of the last edition, a "lunch and demo" session will be proposed again, featuring software demonstrations and networking opportunities.


The conference is organised by the Department of Interpretation and Translation (ex-SSLMIT) of the University of Bologna (Forlì Campus) in collaboration with AIICAITI, ANITI, ASSOINTERPRETI and TradInFo. It is addressed to in-house and freelance translators and interpreters, managers of translation/interpretation companies, localisers, technical editors, project managers, linguists, lecturers, researchers, trainers and students in translation and Interpretation.

The working languages are Italian and English.

For information on the registration fees and to register, please select the Registration page.