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The Linguist 59,3 - June/July 2020

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32 The Linguist Vol/59 No/3 2020 INSTITUTE MATTERS Under the banner 'Challenge Learn Succeed', CIOL's first two-day conference took place on 6-7 March at BMA House in central London. With Covid-19 hitting the headlines every day, we felt fortunate to have unknowingly chosen the last weekend when people could still travel freely in the UK. We hit a record number of around 400 day delegates across the two days. Culminating in a panel discussion, the conference encompassed three keynotes, 19 seminars/workshops and plenty of networking opportunities. We would like to extend a big 'thank you' to all our delegates and speakers, who helped make the conference such a success. Talk of the conference FROM THE CEO In her welcome speech, CEO Ann Carlisle firmly placed members at the heart of both the conference and CIOL more broadly, saying the event would provide a professional environment to learn, build collaborations, exchange ideas and network. A rich mix of content lay ahead, addressing language issues, business know-how and soft skills, all relevant to our diverse membership. FUEL FOR THE BRAIN Binghan Zheng, Associate Professor in Chinese Translation at Durham University, delivered this year's Threlford Memorial Lecture, 'So You're a Translator. What's going on in your brain?' Based on a research project he led with a team of neuroscientists and linguists, the presentation provided "a fascinating insight into the neuroscience of translation, showing us that through eye-tracking technology and MRI scans, we can start to see what actually happens in our brains while we translate," according to CIOL member and blogger Natalie Soper. Dr Zheng is pictured with CIOL President Richard Hardie, who presented him with an Honorary Fellowship following the lecture. IMAGES © CHRIS CHRISTODOULOU

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