In this week's episode, Fatih chats with AUSIT National President Dr Erika Gonzalez about this year's national conference held in Perth in November. The forum will also be made available live online, making it the first hybrid AUSIT National Conference.
The AUSIT National Conference is an annual forum for translators, interpreters, and those involved in the language services sector to explore innovations in practice, technology, and language itself.
Erika Gonzalez completed a BA in Translation and Interpreting and an MA in Specialised Translation at Universidad de Valladolid (Spain). She also holds a certificate in Medical Interpreting from the University of Massachusetts. She started her career as a conference interpreter in Europe, and then combined it with legal interpreting at community level. To deepen her knowledge and understanding of this field, she completed an MA by research on community interpreting at Universidad del País Vasco. In 2006, she was awarded an Endeavour Europe Award by the Department of Education, Science and Training, and came to Australia to do her PhD under Professor Sandra Hale's supervision. She graduated with a PhD in professionalism and community interpreting in 2013. She was the AUSIT National PD co-ordinator for two years, and is now a senior lecturer in Translation and Interpreting at RMIT. She continues to work as a freelance translator and conference interpreter. She joined the National Council, inspired by her colleagues and the work they do to improve the situation of the profession in Australia.
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