Season’s Greetings & Annual Review 2017

Dear colleague,

I would like to thank you for this year, your membership or cooperation, and your continuing support for the association. We are currently more than 60 language professionals working with English in the Nordic countries. Special thanks to the NEaT board and our voluntary committees for their hard work in providing further education and networking events, cooperation with peer organizations, and content for our newsletters, website and social media channels.

In March we held our third English Today seminar “Keeping Up Your English” and a workshop on British English vs. American English titled “Untangling the Differences” at the Finnbrit Language Centre. NEaT’s annual general meeting was in April, also at Finnbrit, and our annual picnic in August at Suomenlinna. Later in August, we organized a lecture on “Statistics for Language Professionals” at KAJ, and in September and October two workshops on “Electronic Resources for Language Professionals” at the Helsinki University Language Centre and KAJ. A round-table session, this time on punctuation, was held in November at Finnbrit. Our annual Christmas party was held on the 5th of December at Contact Service Union United PAM in Helsinki.  You can read more about NEaT events here.

This year we finalized our sister organization status with Mediterranean Editors and Translators (MET), being represented by six members at their annual conference, and with the European Association of Science Editors (EASE). In November, we conducted a Nordic Editors Survey in cooperation with Translation Industry Professionals KAJ. Many thanks to our survey team and KAJ and to all who responded to the survey. It gathered more than 70 responses. The results were briefly presented at the Christmas party, and a more detailed report will be published soon on our website. In November, NEaT was also represented at the Nordic Translation Industry Forum NTIF2017 in Helsinki.

We have many activities planned for next year, and I’m looking forward to meeting you face to face at any of our events. Until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from NEaT!

Virve Juhola
Chair of NEaT 2017

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