Mediterranean Editors and Translators
Mediterranean Editors and Translators (MET) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary association for language professionals who work mainly with or into English within the Mediterranean area. The association's members include translators, authors' editors, copy editors, writing and presentation coaches, teachers of academic writing, applied linguists, interpreters, professional writers and more. MET offers training workshops, an annual conference, networking and other opportunities of continuing professional development for its members. The activities of the association are guided by six objectives, summarized as follows:
- Maintain a stable network and means to hold events for English language consultants
- Communicate knowledge that can contribute to improving the quality of language support services available in the Mediterranean
- Be a conduit for exchanging information between language consultants in our geographic area and those in other parts of Europe and the world
- Stimulate research in Mediterranean communities on the needs of academics, scientists and others and on promising practices that meet their needs well
- Identify local expertise in language support and help our experts share their knowledge with a wider audience
- Help users of language support services locate appropriate solutions to their needs and promote mutual understanding between suppliers and users of these services
History and organization
MET was founded in Barcelona, Spain, in the spring of 2006 after an initial, exploratory meeting the preceding autumn. It is registered in the Generalitat de Catalunya and has a legally binding charter (written in Catalan but translated into English). Its activities are directed by a Governing Council. The council, elected every two years, is composed of council chair and vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, officers for membership, continuing professional development and promotion, and a webmaster.
MET is a member of the VERTICE network of Spanish associations of translators, interpreters and editors, and of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialog Between Cultures. It also maintains relationships with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), European Association of Science Editors (EASE), SENSE (based in the Netherlands), Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME), Associazione Italiana Traduttori e Interpreti (AITI), APTIC (association of translators and interpreters in Catalunya), and Nordic Editors and Translators (NEaT). The founding of NEaT was inspired by, and based on information from, MET. MET and all these "sister associations" support each other to further the development of the language profession.
Members and membership
MET's members are mostly based in the Mediterranean region and elsewhere in Europe, but some members from further away join because of their shared interests. MET has both individual and institutional members.
MET's more than 300 individual members hail from about 25 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Canada (data of August 2017). They are employed in freelance, entrepreneurial and institutional settings and work in a wide range of subject areas including science, technology, engineering, medicine, business, commerce, finance, law, politics, art and other cultural areas. Because of the association's focus on communication in the English language, many members originate from countries where English is the vernacular.
MET’s institutional membership is a way for institutions and companies to access continuing professional development activities for their staff and to support the association’s mission. Currently there are about 10 institutional members.
MET holds a conference every year, usually in early autumn. This is also the occasion for the general assembly of the members. Conferences tend to last 1.5 days and are preceded by two half-days of training workshops. Each “MET meeting” is named with the acronym of METM followed by the last two digits of the year. For example, METM18 is the name given to next year's meeting, to be held on 4-6 October 2018 in Girona, Spain.
Previous METMs and their themes are:
- METM17, Brescia: Understanding our clients: the writing process from concept to completion
- METM16, Tarragona: Raising standards through knowledge sharing and peer training
- METM15, Coimbra: Versatility and readiness for new challenges (held in conjunction with PRISEAL 3: Publishing and Presenting Research Internationally)
- METM14, San Lorenzo de El Escorial: Innovation and tradition: mining the human resource
- METM13, Poblet Monastery (Vimbodí i Poblet, Spain): Language, culture and identity
- METM12, Venice: Craft and critical vision—diving beneath the surface of discourse
- METM11, Barcelona: Quality in English translation and editing—from research to practice and back
- METM10, Tarragona: Facilitating knowledge transfer—editing, translating, coaching
- METM09, Barcelona: Translation, editing, writing—broadening the scope and setting limits
- METM08, Split: Communication support across the disciplines
- METM07, Madrid: Building bridges, constructing networks
- METM06, Barcelona: International communication—promising practices
- METM05, Barcelona: Interdisciplinary collaboration—international communication
MET organizes a workshop day every spring. A full day of workshops is also offered prior to the annual conference. The workshops are usually developed and delivered by MET members and offer continuing professional development for editors and translators. The topics dealt with include knowledge updates in specialized fields, language issues, tools for language professionals, and business development.
MET members have written a guide entitled "The English-Language Consultant: MET’s guidelines for choosing an editor, translator, interpreter or other language service provider"; the second, revised edition is available on the association's website.
Discussions at two MET conferences have led to the publication of multiauthor, edited volumes about academic writing. In 2013, a limited group of MET members and their colleagues published the edited volume Supporting Research Writing: Roles and challenges in multilingual settings (based on a panel discussion at METM09). In 2017, another group of members, invited speakers and colleagues published the edited volume Publishing Research in English as an Additional Language: Practices, pathways and potentials (based on talks presented at METM15; free e-book).
Additional publications by MET members related to the annual conferences, including reviews of the meetings and papers based on the presentations, are listed on the association's website.
- Juhola, Virve; Uusinarkaus, Julie. "Nordic Editors and Translators: founding a new networking and peer-training association (with thanks to MET)". www.metmeetings.org. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
- Bennett, Laura (January–February 2017). "Pedant's corner" (PDF). ITI Bulletin: 29. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
- Consonni, Mary (2016). "METM15 Conference". The Linguist. 55 (1): 27. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
- Matteoda, Francesca (2015). "An all-round success" (PDF). ITI Bulletin: 34–35. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- Bennett, Laura (2013). "A Venetian adventure" (PDF). ITI Bulletin: 32–33. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- Hurtado de Mendoza, Isabel (2012). "Something for everyone" (PDF). ITI Bulletin: 34–35. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- Griffin-Mason, Sarah (2011). "METM10 – a jamboree for editors and translators" (PDF). European Science Editing. 37 (1): 10–11. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- Berghammer, Gabi (2010). "METM—An abbreviation translators should know" (PDF). The Write Stuff. 19 (3): 234. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- De Jager, Marije (2009). "Communication support across the disciplines. METM 2008" (PDF). European Science Editing. 35: 15. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- De Jager, Marije (2008). "Building bridges, constructing networks: METM07" (PDF). European Science Editing. 34: 17–18. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- Burrough-Boenisch, Joy; Burgess, Sally (2007). "Mediterranean Editors and Translators Holds Second Meeting" (PDF). Science Editor. 30 (3): 83–84. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
- Kerans, Mary Ellen (2006). "Mediterranean Editors and Translators launch regional association at METM 05" (PDF). Science Editor. 29: 87–88. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- Coveney, Kymm. "Mediterranean Editors and Translators: All About Editing". SfEP blog. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
- Matarese, Valerie, ed. (2013). Supporting Research Writing: Roles and challenges in multilingual settings. Oxford: Chandos. ISBN 1 84334 666 4.
- Cargill, Margaret; Burgess, Sally, eds. (2017). Publishing Research in English as an Additional Language: Practices, pathways and potentials. University of Adelaide Press. ISBN 978-1-925261-52-3. Retrieved 12 March 2018.