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Number 123, April 2021


EAFT Summit 2021 in Dublin. Save the date!

The next EAFT Summit will be hosted by Dublin City University, Ireland on 25-26 November 2021. It is being jointly hosted by the Gaois research group at Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge and by the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS). 

The theme is 'Terminology in Challenging Circumstances'. Information about the theme, programme, accommodation, registration, etc. will be made available soon. If you would like to be kept informed about the Summit, which will be held either virtually or in a hybrid fashion, please send an email to

More information will be provided here.

18th SCATERM Seminar: Terminology in communications about COVID-19

Viral load, PCR, antigens, hand sanitiser, negative and positive, false negatives, coronavirus, COVID-19. Over the last year giving information about COVID-19 has been a challenge for journalists, communications experts, health workers, translators and many more, who have had to be continually searching for the balance between offering updated and accurate information to the public and avoiding an increase in stress and uncertainty. The constant changes in the information and a proliferation of fake news along with the terminology which for most of the public is new has made the task of health culturalization even more necessary at a time when the population is experiencing a pandemic which seems to be eternal.

Aware of the importance of terminology in communications about COVID-19 SCATERM has decided to dedicate this 19th seminar to the subject. The 3-hour seminar will take place on the morning of 27 May 2021 (from 10am to 1pm) and will be held on line via Zoom. SCATERM’s Chair, Ester Bonet, and  M. Teresa Cabré, Chair of the Philological Section of the Institute for Catalan Studies will provide the welcome. Sergi Cortiñas, Chair of the Catalan Communication Society and also Director of the Observatory for Scientific Communication at Pompeu Fabra University will then give a talk on COVID-19 terminology and communication from the viewpoint of scientific journalism. This will be followed by a short discussion. After a break the second part of the seminar will consist of a round table entitled  “COVID-19—the shock that has necessitated a review of the role of terminology in specialised communications to the public”. Participating will be M. Antònia Julià (head of project in the TERMCAT area of biomedicine), Rosa Romà (Director of the Area of Citizens, Innovation and Users of the Catalan Health Service), Gabriel Heras (doctor specialising in intensive medicine and Director of the HU-CI project) and Núria Comas (language advisor at the Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation). The round table will be moderated by Rosa Estopà, lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University and deputy-chair of SCATERM. At 1pm Ester Bonet will give the closing speech.

The seminar is free and you can sign up for it at:

Hellenic Conference

The Hellenic Society for Terminology (ELETO) in cooperation with the University of Cyprus, the University of Athens (UOA), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), the Ionian University (IU), the University of the Aegean, the Research Center "Athena"/Institute of Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG), the Hellenic Organization for Standardization (ELOT), the Organization for the Promotion of the Hellenic Language, the Panhellenic Association of Translators (PEM) and other organizations, which will be announced on the relevant web page, are organizing      the 13th Conference “Hellenic Language and Terminology”. The conference will be held online  on 11–13 November 2021.

Critical dates:

Submission of abstracts by       15 April 2021
Approval of abstracts by           15 May 2021
Submission of full papers by      15 July 2021
More information is provided here.

IULA Master program
Workshop I: Methodology for Terminology Work

On  May 15th Workshop I: Methodology for Terminology Work will begin. It is part of the Online Terminology Program, a course which has been offered since 2003 by the IULATERM group from the Institute for Applied Linguistics of the Pompeu Fabra University.

As of the 2020-2022 edition, the Online Terminology Program, which is modular, allows students to choose between two university-specific degrees, both in English and Spanish, which can be completed entirely online: The Online Master Program in Terminology (75 ECTS) and the Diploma of Postgraduate Studies: Terminology and professional needs (30 ECTS).

The contents of the Online Terminology Program are contextualized within the theoretical framework of the Communicative Theory of Terminology (Cabré, 1999), thus, in addition to several perspectives on the study of scientific-technical terminology, it promotes a communicative and linguistic approach to it. Moreover, the main goal of the Workshop I: Methodology for Terminology Work is that students design and develop a terminological glossary model. Therefore, the course is addressed to translators and interpreters, documentalists, technical writers, journalists involved in scientific dissemination, lexicographers and dictionary editors, teachers of languages for specific purposes, and professionals interested in terminology in general, among others.

Lisbon Summer School 2021

Registration is open for the Lisbon Summer School in Linguistics 2021!

Organized by the Linguistics Research Centre of NOVA University Lisbon (CLUNL) with the support of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), ELEXISNexusLinguarum and Prêt à LLOD, the 8th edition of the Lisbon Summer School in Linguistics will be held at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of NOVA University Lisbon on 5-9 July 2021.

The 2nd interdisciplinary conference on
National languages in academic research and higher education  
Tallinn, Estonia, October 7–8th 2021

As COVID-19 vaccination proceeds in the world, we are hopeful that the NatAcLang conference (postponed from last year) can be held this October in Tallinn.
The Centre for Academic Estonian at Tallinn University is pleased to invite you to the second international conference, ‘National languages in academic research and higher education’, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Estonia.
The aim of the event is to confer on the current situation of national languages in the globalising world of science, dealing with every kind of achievement and problem of using national or state languages in academia.
The abstract submission deadline is May 15th.
More information here.

TOTh 2021

The 15th TOTh International Conference (Terminology & Ontology: Theories and applications) and training will be held from 1-4 June, onsite and online. The 15th TOTh International Conference will be held both onsite and online on Thursday and Friday 3-4 June. The first two days (1-2 June) are devoted to a training session on “Terminology in the Digital Age: the Ontological Turn”.

A special session, ELEXIS, will be dedicated to lexical resources and lexicography in connection with the ELEXIS European project. A satellite session dedicated to “Terminology and Text Mining” will be held in parallel with the TOTh Conference:

The call for participation and registration can be found here.


Do not hesitate to send us comments or suggestions that could draw our attention to any forthcoming event or activity. We would be pleased to include them in the next issue as well as in our agenda. Remember to send your email ( or before the 15th of the month if you want to make sure your contribution is included in that month’s newsletter.

EAFT annual member subscription for 2021

Invoices related to the EAFT annual member subscription for 2021 have been sent out early March. It is very important for the sustainability of the Association that all members pay their membership fee.

Remember that as an EAFT member, you or your institution can:
  • participate with an active role at the Summits
  • publish contributions in the Newsletter and in the EAFT twitter account
  • enjoy favourable terms and discounts at events or training courses organized by EAFT
  • get updated information about relevant events and other activities through the Newsletter
  • get EAFT support for organizing local terminology events


The Language Feat Prize
Since 1996, Estonia has celebrated Mother Tongue Day on March 14th. This was the birthday of the first Estonian poet Kristian Jaak Peterson in 1801 (d. 1822). Language Feat Prizes for the previous year have been awarded around this day for 14 years. The nominees are picked by the Board of the Mother Tongue Society among the candidates presented by people. This year, a record 35 nominees were proposed for the jury for the Grand Prize and for public voting for People’s Prize. The Language Feat Grand Prize 2020 was awarded by the jury consisting of all ministers of education and research of the Republic of Estonia to the book Eesti teaduskeel keelterikkas teadusmaailmas (“Academic Estonian in the multilingual world of science”, 270 pp., ISBN 978-9985-58-888-8), compiled & edited by Peep Nemvalts, published by Tallinn University Press 2020. The book includes nine articles written in Estonian by researchers of various disciplines from several universities, English summaries, as well as a preface and a short list of the most central Estonian terms of academic language and terminology with concept definitions.

More information here. 




Master Program in Terminology
15 May

1-2 June

Onsite & Online
1-4 June

Lisbon Summer School in Linguistics
5-9 July

The 2nd interdisciplinary conference on National languages in academic research and higher education
7-8 October 

Conference on terminology Scientific
21-22 October

EAFT Summit
25-26 November
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