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Conference Interpreting

Categories: NewsPublished On: July 28, 2022

Conference Interpreting

When delegates from around the world meet to exchange ideas, clear communication and comprehension are paramount to the success of the meeting. When coordinating and running a multilingual conference, organisers must consider all attendees and their language preferences. High quality conference interpreting is vital to engage all delegates, regardless of their language barriers.

When exploring conference interpreting services, it is worth noting that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Different meeting types require different interpreting solutions.
At ONCALL, we provide a full range of conference interpreting services, and can tailor the service depending on your event requirements. Our project coordinators work with you to secure the appropriate interpreting solution and to ensure that the language requirements before, during and after your event are taken care of.

Types of Conference Interpreting services

  • Simultaneous Interpreting – Pairs of interpreters use electronic systems to simultaneously convey messages to delegates wearing head phones/ear pieces while a presenter or participant is speaking.
    At ONCALL, we provide specialised Infrared Simultaneous Interpreting equipment. This allows delegates to listen to their chosen language (up to 32 languages at a time) in comfort, using wireless headphones or earpieces.
  • Whispered Simultaneous Interpreting - The interpreter sits beside the delegate(s) and whispers the interpretation. Portable equipment can also be used to cater for groups of up to 30 delegates.
  • Consecutive Interpreting – Typically used in meetings or at formal events when one or two short addresses are translated into one or more languages for a smaller number of participants. An interpreter listens to a set number of phrases from the speaker; when the speaker pauses the interpreter gives their rendition in the target foreign language.
  • Remote Simultaneous Interpreting (RSI) – We also offer audio-visual and communication technology, including infrared and digital simultaneous interpreting equipment for onsite events, a remote accompanying interpreting meeting platform for online meetings, and conference translation services for meeting minutes, reports, and presentations, including real-time transcription.

Benefits of Conference Interpreting

Enables full participation and increases engagement
Conference interpreting services allow all delegates to participate regardless of what language they speak. It allows them to engage with each other across language barriers almost instantly, keeping the conversation moving, and ensuring the listeners don’t become bored. The more language services you offer your potential conference participants, the higher the attendance and satisfaction will be.

Expand your reach and grow your business
Conference interpreting services allow you to host an event for potential business partners and new clients from all over the world. This allows you to potentially expand your business into new global markets despite any language barriers.

Convey your message accurately
When using a professional language services provider for conference interpreting, you can be confident that your interpreters will be certified and fully qualified in their chosen field. This means that they will translate accurately and convey your message correctly. Providing your delegates with skilled and experienced linguists will ensure they get the most out of your event.

Delegates feel welcome and valued

When a conference offers interpreting services, it shows that they care about their audience. The attendees will feel valued and important. It shows that you know their time is valuable and you are committed to giving them the best possible conference experience. Accurate interpreting services will increase their understanding of the subjects being discussed as well as their overall feeling of satisfaction with the event.

Selecting the right Conference Interpreting supplier

Conference interpreting is a difficult skill to master. Many times, the nature of these meetings and events involves subject matter that is extensive and diverse. To accurately translate the material, interpreters must be highly skilled and specialise in a wide range of service areas.

At ONCALL, we have over 37 years of experience and a global network of 12,000 interpreters and translators via offices in 2 continents. ONCALL are recognised as experts in Conference Interpreting and are the preferred supplier to the MCEC (Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre).

Every year we also provide simultaneous interpretation services for CCAMLR (The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources).

We are also proud to work with SPREP (The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme) to provide conference interpreting services for their conferences and events.

ONCALL supports meetings at the highest international level with the provision of seamless conference interpreting services for some of the largest UN agencies, EU organisations and international associations.

We have worked with EUAA (European Union Agency for Asylum) on more than 100 events annually, which include onsite, online and hybrid events. ONCALL also services 3 to 4 events per year onsite in Portugal for EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction). We are also proud to have worked with CCRUP (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) on various events over the last 15-20 years.

We are also leaders in innovative interpreting technology. Our Video Conference Interpreting Platform, FaceConnect, is accessible via laptop, desktop, android and iPad tablet. FaceConnect offers features and functions specifically designed for delivering interpreting services via video which are unavailable in any other video conference software on the market.

When selecting a language service provider for your next conference, you can be confident that ONCALL has the experience, expertise and technology to ensure your event is a success. Contact us to discuss your requirements and we will be able to tailor a solution to suit your needs.


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