On 24 May 2012, Brussels was teeming with the eloquent and professionally multilingual experts that make up Europe's Language Industry.
Language professionals from all corners of Europe were in attendance at the 1st Forum of the Language Industry Web Platform, hosted by DG Translation. With the motto Share, Cooperate, Grow, the conference brought together stakeholders from academia, small- and medium-sized organisations, public administration officials, and freelancers to discuss the first phase of LINDWEB's existence (the platform was launched last year). The goal was to improve the visibility and professionalisation of translation across multiple arenas: in government, statistics, higher education, and the public sphere.
Presentations ranged from Optimale (a university network to promote the employability of Translation graduates) to Ailia from Canada (a language industry organisation promoting translation, language training, and technologies) and Tilde from Latvia (a small business developing machine translation). The conference showed the many ways that Language Industry professionals can network, share, and gain visibility using the LINDWEB platform, all with the goal of reaching out to European citizens.