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The Linguist 60,3 - June/July 2021

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10 The Linguist Vol/60 No/3 2021 FEATURES MAKING CONNECTIONS Sarinya Wood delivers her talk entitled 'From Remote Interpreting to Hybrid Meetings' Moving the CIOL Conference online was a challenge, but with more participants than ever and a range of expert speakers, it was a great success The delivery of the CIOL Conference during lockdown in March was especially challenging. In normal times, conferences take almost a year of work, including finding a venue, curating high level speakers, and communicating this with the profession. Over the planning period for this conference, we had to change how we delivered the event multiple times. We first looked at delivering a hybrid event using the venue as a studio with the speakers presenting in person. Once we realised that travel to central London would be impossible, we settled on a wholly online event using Zoom, extending the proposed two-day conference across three days, with hundreds of delegates in attendance. The speakers represented all aspects of the linguist professions. The single-stream format allowed delegates to enter and leave as they pleased. For Carol Hogg MCIL, running the online event over three full days worked really well. "Every single presentation provided valuable input and the event overall has exuded a sense of realistic optimism in these difficult times. A really positive contribution to our profession," she said. As with everything, online delivery of the conference has its pros and cons. A major advantage was that a number of delegates were able to attend for the first time remotely – among them Graeme Lorimer MCIL CL. "I live in Florence and have been a CIOL member for many more years than I can remember," he shared. "Every spring I wished to come in person but, for a reason or another, never made it. Now, thanks to the format due to Covid I finally could! The conference was very interesting and useful." Joining from Greece, Vicky Tzivi MCIL CL expressed gratitude "for all the knowledge Together remotely I've had access to!" She added: "I'll definitely follow Jaquelina [Guardamagna]'s advice on nurturing relationships – 'our most valuable and unique asset'." The biggest thing missed by delegates, speakers and the CIOL team was the opportunity to interact and network with each other – something which has always been a great strength of the event. This provides a very good reason for bringing back the physical form next March (depending on the situation with Covid), and the search for next year's expert speakers has already begun! Recordings of the three-day conference can be purchased for £150 (non-members) and £120 (members) via

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