The Edinburgh Interpreting Research Summer School (EIRSS) was launched in 2013 and it was the first ever initiative of its kind. It is designed to offer intensive research training for existing and future scholars in any field of interpreting.

EIRSS is developed and hosted by the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS) at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, which has been offering courses in Translation and Interpreting since 1970 and is one of only four UK university departments that have been granted membership of CIUTI, an international body which brings together universities which specialise in translating and interpreter training. LINCS has an “internationally excellent and world-leading” research track-record, as attested by the last UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008).

Relevant to researchers interested in Conference Interpreting (CI) and Public Service Interpreting (PSI) alike, for both spoken and signed languages, EIRSS includes lectures on the state of the art in CI and PSI research, seminars and a round-table discussion. Suggested reading lists and other materials for personal study are provided.

The five-day programme includes guest lectures from world-leading figures in interpreting research as well as seminars by Heriot-Watt academics, librarians and research managers.

Participants also have the opportunity to network with world-renowned researchers in the field of Interpreting as well as the chance to showcase individual projects and receive feedback from the expert staff in LINCS.

Who is EIRSS aimed at?

EIRSS is open to existing and future scholars in any field of interpreting including those about to embark in a PhD, those in the first stages of doctoral study and those considering a change of direction in their professional career or academic trajectory.

Applicants are expected to hold a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject or appropriate professional experience and should be proficient in English.

EIRSS 2014

You can read about EIRSS 2014 held here at Heriot-Watt in July 2014.