Information on previous SDP conferences
We have been running SDP conferences since 2001. At the time this
was a ground breaking event. Online conferences were in their infancy.
Home internet use was not widespread and most people were on dial-up
connections. Nevertheless, we had 130 delegates from 10 countries.
The keynote speakers were Dennis Coakley (USA), Miranda Pickersgill
(UK) and Frank Harrington (UK). Themes were: Ethics and Professionalism;
Educational Interpreting; Training/Qualifications. See here
for more info and to download some of the presentations.
Some feedback about the conference:
"Excellent in terms of cost, excellent in terms of flexibility
and access. I would have real problems attending a 'normal' conference
due to childcare issues, so this was a real bonus for me. It also
enabled people from much further away to participate... So I think
we had a more international mix than would have been possible
otherwise. I thought the idea was great and it worked really well
for me. It never really occurred to me that this type of thing
might be possible, but I think it was really effective."
"I would do this again in a heartbeat. The level of the
discussion and supportive, respectful tone of the comments set
it way above many live forums (or online, too) that I have been
Click the links below for more detailed information on the actual
conferences and to download some of the previous presentations and
We ran the second
SDP conference with a revised and reworked conference environment.
Themes were: Ethics and Professionalism; Language with keynote presentations
from Betsy Winston (USA), Graham Turner (UK) and Tyron Woolfe (UK).
It had 225 participants from 19 countries. To see some of the feedback
for this conference, see here.
"The preconference plan was superb, to be able to read the
papers and take notes a week before the conference. Good thing
someone emailed me and warned me that the papers were ready to
be read. Just many thanks for this great opportunity to share
with great minds. I felt my own philosphy was solidified, congealed,
affirmed, and shared! Cannot do that much in a hotel conference!"
"I find this the most accessible format for updating my
professional perspectives and theoretical knowledge. Yes, you
have to keep on top of everything daily, but with a young child
its perfect for me as I do not have to geographically go anywhere
but mentally get to go a fair few miles! I found the summaries
useful as I tended to have to skim read some of the postings and
the summaries helped me consolidate and it does sift out some
of the more social postings. Having 4 topics then another 4 is
a manageable way of approaching the topics and we will all have
our pet topics which we involve ourselves in more. Its great to
be able to see approaches from all over the world of course. I
do not enjoy computers but found it no problem to use the system
so it must be simple!"
conference dealt broadly with three themes: Language support,
interpreting and deaf people in developing countries. It had 192
delegates from 17 countries. Keynote presenters were en Dodds, Lynne
Barnes, Claire Haddon, Kath Mowe and Kyra Pollitt (UK), Marc Marschark
and Patty Sapere (US) and Jemina Napier (AUS). Another presenter
was the deaf president of the Deaf People's Association of Ethiopia.
Amazing how technology can bring people together.
"I would like to say I think this was the best conference
I have ever attended. I hope I dont sound insincere when
I say the experience was almost indescribable. The wealth of knowledge,
experience, and perspective brought by the delegates and presenters
alike was amazing." Tammy Adams, USA.
"It seems like every year, the conference gets better and
better!! I really enjoyed myself!". Jennifer Sabo, USA.
conference had two themes: interpreting and deafhood/deafnicity.
Keynote presenters were Paddy Ladd (UK) and Richard Brumberg (USA).
It was attended by 189 delegates from 18 countries.
"What an awsome format!"
"I am impressed with the format of this conference, and
the audience! It is my first time here, and it's different from
other online 'teaching' and 'conducting' that I have been doing
online for quite a few years now., mainly for other topics. There's
a nice climate here - feels like a very supportive culture, and
that is probably in large part due to the skills of the conference
organizers, as well as the interactions across four days, and
the combined interests of all here."
conference had two themes: d/Deaf education and educational
interpreting. It was attended by 242 participants from 18 countries.
Keynote presenters were Brenda Schick (USA) and Loes Wauters, Marc
Marschark, Patricia Sapere and Carol Convertino (Netherlands and
"This was one of the best conferences I have ever experienced
whether in person or online. The caliber of the presentation
materials and conference participant posts far exceeded my expectations.
I look forward to the next SDP online conference and will definitely
recommend this conference to others."
"Clearly, I really enjoy this conference! The flexibility,
easy-to-navigate style and non-threatening interaction with fellow
delegates keep me coming back year after year. The presentations
are thorough and relevant to my work. What an asset SDP is to
the learning process of interpreters worldwide!"
conference had two themes: d/Deaf Education, and Ethics and
Professionalism. Keynote presenters were Melanie Metzger and Earl
Fleetwood (USA) and Peter Llewellyn-Jones and Robert G. Lee (UK).
It was attended by 225 participants from many different countries.
"More addictive than Facebook"
"This was my first SPD and I wanted to thank you for all
the incredible work that you did pre-conference, as well as during.
WOW!! What an amazing experience. I hope to return for more of
this type of learning."
"As usual, it was awesome. Thanks again for all your efforts.
It makes us better professionals"
Some of the papers and discussion summaries have been published
in three books, entitled:
- International Perspectives on Interpreting
- International Perspectives on Language Support
- International Perspectives on Educational Interpreting
for content information.