Posted: 24/08/17

ADAPT researchers have travelled far and wide with INTERACT this year. Through completing secondments in Oxford, working at the University of Auckland, and travelling to Lisbon during the early summer months, the team is all set to take their next step.

The INTERACT Project on Crisis Translation was launched in Dublin City University during April 2017. A Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Network, the project aims to research translation in crisis scenarios, an example of which is being caught in a foreign country during a time of natural disaster and being unable to decipher instructions on the local news channel. Partners from a variety of backgrounds, including University College London, Microsoft, and DCU, amongst others, gathered in Dublin earlier this year to discuss the project’s work programme, and to undergo training in ethics and crisis scenarios, crisis communication, crisis translation, and more.

Since the project’s launch, ADAPT researchers involved in its conception have carried out secondments in Cochrane, Auckland, and Lisbon. Prof. Andy Way, Dr. Silvia Rodríguez, Dr. Sharon O’Brien, Dr. Pat Cadwell, Dr. Dónal Ó Mathúna, Dr. Federico Federici, and Ms. Alessandra Rosetti have contributed to INTERACT secondments in various ways, through working on simplification of health content, giving seminars on disaster research, running workshops with New Zealand Red Cross, and giving their first presentation of course content on crisis translation to students of UOA. Later this year, Dr. Carla Parra Escartín will continue this work at the university by presenting on the Training and Ethics elements of the project, while Dr. O’Brien and Ms. Rosetti will travel to Arizona State University to further their work on health content.

The INTERACT project has a bright future, with a poster having been accepted into the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, and a paper on the problem of Crisis MT accepted at the MT Summit in Nagoya, Japan, both taking place in September of this year. Just recently, a third paper from the team has been accepted at the 4th International Conference on Non-Professional Translation and Interpreting, occurring in Stellenbosch, South Africa in May 2018.

The ADAPT Centre is delighted to be represented by some of its leading experts in this project.

Further information on the INTERACT Project can be found at their website by clicking here.

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