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Leeds is set to host the European Society of Translations Studies Congress for its very first time in the UK

Conference Leeds, the conferencing bureau for the city of Leeds, is celebrating Leeds being chosen as the very first UK city to host the Congress of the European Society of Translation Studies (EST), which is set to arrive at the University of Leeds from the 30th June – 4th July 2025.

Taking place every three years, the EST 2022 congress was hosted in Oslo in June which was attended by 400 delegates. As the very first of its kind to take place in the UK, Leeds was selected as the host destination for its next congress following a competitive selection process headed up by Dr Sara Ramos Pinto, Associate Professor in Translation Studies at the University of Leeds.

Over 500 delegates are set to make their way to Leeds for the conference’s first ever visit to the UK in 2025 and will include high profile academics and CEOs of important translation companies. Designed to bring academics from Translation and Interpreting Studies and industry partners together, the conference will consolidate the already international reputation the University of Leeds has in Translation Studies.

A comprehensive programme across the five days is set to offer plenary sessions to delegates with insight from industry leaders and panel discussions, in addition to workshops and exhibitions. Led by keynote speakers, the congress will cover engaging topics such as the new technological advances in translation and interpreting, the challenges and opportunities these bring to the labour market and theoretical approaches, as well as data collected with users of translation and interpreting and many more.

The conference will also offer delegates the opportunity to experience Leeds’ visitor experience with a conference dinner already in the planning stages at the city’s very own Royal Armouries. Located on the picturesque Leeds Dock, delegates will be given the chance to network in one of Leeds’ iconic venues, which is a sister venue to the Tower of London.

On bringing the conference to Leeds, Dr Sara Ramos Pinto said: “We are delighted to have confirmed Leeds as the very first UK host destination for the European Society of Translation Studies Congress in 2025. The University of Leeds is a member of CIUTI (Conférence internationale permanente d’instituts universitaires de traducteurs et interprètes), the world’s oldest and most prestigious international association of university institutes with translation and interpretation programmes, making it a fantastic venue choice. We’ve had a great response to the news that the congress will be making its way to Leeds in 2025 and following an extremely successful event in Oslo this year, we’re looking forward to welcoming over 500 delegates to the vibrant city of Leeds.”

“The Conference Leeds team have been extremely helpful and supportive in helping us create a totally unique conference experience and we hope our delegates are looking forward to making their way to the city in three years’ time.”

Head of Conference Leeds, Claire Heap commented: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the European Society of Translation Studies to Leeds and to the UK for the very first time. This achievement is very much testimony to the reputation the city and the University has in translation studies, and we are hugely excited to be welcoming delegates from across the world to the city in 2025.

“Leeds is a destination that continually delivers exceptional conference experiences and we are looking forward to making sure that the Congress of European Translation Studies in 2025 is one of their best ones yet!”

Paul Black, Head of Business Events at Visit Britain added: “VisitBritain is delighted to have supported Conference Leeds, following its successful bid to our Business Events Growth Programme, in being selected to host the European Society for Translation Studies’ (EST) congress in 2025, the first time the conference has been held in the UK.  With its outstanding business sectors Leeds has gone from strength-to-strength hosting important business events, with its event infrastructure and University working in close partnership with the Conference Leeds team. We look forward to welcoming our European guests and EST 2025”

Conference Leeds, the conferencing bureau for the city of Leeds, offers a free and impartial service to assist delegates in experiencing the exceptional. To explore your options ahead of your next conference, visit: www.conferenceleeds.co.uk/enquire/


Notes to Editors:

Leeds is acknowledged as the Best UK Conference Destination (2020 C&IT Awards) and in 2021, hosted 20,000 conferences that welcomed one million delegates and generated £138 million (UKCAMS). Leeds’ visitor economy was also worth £1.45 billion in 2021 as the city welcomed 20.28 million tourism visits that year (STEAM).

Winners of the Best Destination Team at the miaList Awards 2021, Conference Leeds offer tailored conference propositions designed to delight and surprise. Offering a dedicated planning team, from venues and accommodation to catering and logistics, Conference Leeds works through every stage and detail to deliver an event like no other. For more information visit https://www.conferenceleeds.co.uk