Saarbrücker Symposium (1995-1998)
Euroconferences (1999-2001)
High-Level Scientific Conference Series (2002-2004)

Euroconference 1999
Euroconference 2000
Euroconference 2001


In 1995, the Advanced Translation Research Center was established at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, with its yearly 'Saarbrücker Symposium' as a regular meeting point for international exchanges of research in T&I. The objectives were

  • to promote T&I research across institutional and national borders by providing a platform for theoretical and methodological discussions among T & I experts and
  • to support young researchers' projects in the field of T&I by facilitating the dialog between young researchers and international experts in the field.

It was hoped that this would help

  • to contribute to a more comprehensive picture of T&I as an academic discipline by complementing its strong practical roots with equivalent research standards and profiles
  • to offset the lack of institutional support for human T&I projects and
  • to counterbalance the trend towards largely individual-based research in human translation, undertaken by few experts scattered over a number of countries worldwide.

Starting in 1999, the Saarbrücker Symposium (1996 - 1998) was sponsored by the EU as a series of T&I Euroconferences under their TMR program (1999 - 2001) and co-financed by the Saarland Ministry for Cultural Affairs and Saarland University. Starting in 2002, the Saarbrücker Symposium will be hosted by Saarland University's partners, Charles University in Prague (2002) and the Aarhus Business School (2003) as a EU-sponsored series of high-level scientific conferences with its 2004 event again being hosted by Saarland University (

The new high-level scientific conference series

As a continuation of the 1999-2001 series of Euroconferences, the new EU-sponsored series of high level scientific conferences (2002-2004) will focus on the general topic of 'TEXT & TRANSLATION' (TETRA). They are again coordinated by Saarland University's Advanced Translation Research Center and co-organized and hosted by the Institute of Translation Studies, Charles University Prague (2002) and the Aarhus Business School (2003). The overall organization is handled by T&I Portfolios GmbH, Saarbrücken. The conferences will be accompanied by a European PhD school for T&I doctoral candidates.

Contents and Objectives

The conferences all deal with texts and their (multilingual) translations, also make use of computer support and focus on a systematization and economization of translation processes - a widely discussed topic in the multilingual context of a greater Europe. Their overall objective is to draft a text-based theory and methodology of translation with computer assistance. The topic is multidisciplinary ((text) linguistics, computer linguistics, multilingualism, translation science) and multilingual (E/F/Sp/Cz/Da/G) with English, German and French as working languages, but also featuring other European languages (e.g. Czech and Danish). It is approached in three steps (at three European locations), highlighting three interrelated conferences:
1) the First Event (2002 in Prague) will concentrate on the description of texts and discourse (as a basis for establishing translation-relevant text parameters)
2) the Second Event (2003 in Aarhus) will focus on the relationship between world knowledge and texts, esp.on the representation of world knowledge, and
3) the Third Event (2004 in Saarbrücken) will try to integrate the results of the previous two events in an attempt to systematize translation descisions and formulate text-based translation models and methodologies. Ideally, the conferences will lead to joint supervision or co-supervision of theses and dissertations, combined PhD degrees as well as to the set-up of international working parties or committees for research purposes in T&I.

Organization and support

The individual conferences are co-organized by

Charles University
Zuzanna Jettmarova
Institute of Translation Studies
Charles University
Hybernská 3, 110 00 Praha 1
Tel.: 00 42 02 21 61 95 12
Fax: 00 42 02 24 21 79 65

Aarhus School of Business
Jan Engberg
The Aarhus School of Business
Fuglesangs Allé 4
Aarhus V
Tel.: +45 89 48 66 88 89 48 66 19 (dir. line)
Fax: +45 86 15 77 27

Overall coordination

Universität des Saarlandes
Heidrun Gerzymisch-Arbogast
Universität des Saarlandes (FR 4.6)
ATRC (Advanced Translation Research Center)
Postfach 15 11 50
66041 Saarbrücken
Tel.: 00 49 681 302 42 48
Fax: 00 49 681 302 63 07

Administrative support by

TI Portfolios GmbH
T & I Portfolios
Universität des Saarlandes
Im Stadtwald, Gebäude 30
66123 Saarbrücken
Tel.: 00 49 6 81 3 02 63 05
Fax: 00 49 6 81 3 02 63 07


The conference series is sponsored by

Ministerium für Bildung, Kultur und Wissenschaft des Saarlandes
Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücken

Frankreichzentrum - Pôle France an der Universität des Saarlandes


The conference series is co-sponsored by


IATI - International Academy for Translation and Interpreting e.V.




Last update April 26, 2004