Call For Papers

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#MCE 2020 theme: Inspiring vendor managers

As at #MCE2018 and #MCE2019, the theme of the 2020 Meet Central Europe Conference is inspiring vendor management. The MCE annual conference, jointly organised by the Austrian, Czech, Hungarian and Slovak national translation associations, will take place this year in Innsbruck on 7-9 October 2020.

The MCE Content committee is now accepting submissions addressing the wide range of topics detailed below. We encourage applicants to bring case studies if possible. In line with our general approach, we kindly ask our presenters not to include any direct or indirect sales activity or reference in their presentations.


  • Vendor and Project Managers seeking expert advice on how to best recruit, manage and retain top linguistic and non-linguistic talent
  • Freelance translators who are interested in working together with translation companies and who would like to learn more about project management and other translation topics
  • Anybody encountering resource issues and wanting to learn how to overcome or avoid them in the first place
  • Anyone seeking to find new Central and Eastern European linguistic partners
  • Central European translation providers looking to expand their markets

The conference will have tracks for language service companies (LSCs) and freelance translators, and one common track for all conference attendees.

Here are a few ideas of topics we would be interested in. This is not an exhaustive list!



  • Challenges of working for a language service company
  • Marketing and how to stand out from the crowd
  • Various aspects of remote versus in-house work
  • CAT tools – one or more? Cloud or local?
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Continuous professional development
  • What freelancers expect from language service companies
  • What freelancers need from language service companies
  • How to work with an LSC rather than for them


  • Recruitment:
    • Best recruitment channels, the use of references, testing and evaluation systems, cooperation with universities, general vs. ad hoc recruitment, negotiation approaches
    • How to find subject matter experts?
    • The holy grail of the perfect vendor mix: freelance linguists & SLV vendors
    • How to recruit non-linguistic talents? (technicians, QA experts, engineers, voice-over artists, subtitlers, testers etc.)
    • How to find new linguists for rare languages?
  • Onboarding / Cooperation:
    • The psychology of vendor management
    • Training vendors (CAT tools, processes)
    • Motivation, evaluation, feedback, how to become an attractive client and how to build true loyalty in an external team
    • How to turn a new never-worked-with translator into a core translator?
    • How to eliminate the risk when you use a new translator?
    • TMS systems: do translators really like them? Methods of engaging linguists in the proper usage of our TMS systems
  • In-house translators and QA teams – pros and cons, availability issues, volume guarantees
  • Post-editing:
    • Skills and attitudes of good PEs.
    • Payment schemes
    • Channelling PEs feedback on MT output
  • Automation in vendor management, agile vendor management
  • Measuring vendor management efficiency (KPIs, ROI models)

Language Business Track

  • Market trends
  • Top technical skills in demand in 2020
  • Terminology management
  • Project management
  • Complaint management
  • Team management
  • Stress management


  • Presentations (duration: 30 minutes)
  • Master classes (duration: 3 hours including a coffee break)


The length of your submission is restricted to a maximum of 450 words. Should we require clarification on the scope of your proposed paper, the MCE organisation committee get in touch with you.


Submission due: April 17, 2020.
Conference date: October 7-9, 2020



We are looking forward to your proposal!

When submitting your paper you will be asked to consent to processing your personal data and if awarded a speaking slot at the conference you agree to be photographed or recorded on video for marketing purposes of the organizer of the Meet Central Europe Conference.


All full paper submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to conference, contributions, and readability. English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full (and original research) papers (which is NOT submitted or published or under consideration anywhere in other conferences/journal) in electronic (DOC or PDF) format.