German Society

The German Society was founded in 1987 and has been successful in providing a useful network of contacts for its dispersed and very varied membership. To keep in touch with our members we issue a newsletter about four times a year and have these pages on the CIOL site.

We start the year with our AGM around March and make the most of this get-together by combining it with a Members' Session where language and other issues of general interest are discussed.

An annual event is the Anglophoner Tag. This is held jointly with four other language organisations (ITI German Network, Deutscher Terminologie-Tag, Aticom and BDÜ Hesse) and hosted in rotation by each of the five. When our turn to organise, we have held events in Aachen, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg. They typically cover a variety of language topics.

Another fixture is our annual Study Weekend, usually in September. For this we have met in different regions of Germany and beyond, again of course concentrating on language(s). We have visited for instance various places where a recognised minority language is widely spoken, such as Bautzen (Sorbian), Flensburg (Danish), Wismar ("Plattdeutsch"). We have explored Swiss German ("Schwyzerdütsch"), Luxemburgish ("Lëtzebuergesch") and language situation/integration in Frankfurt (Oder) right on the Polish-German border. More recently, there have been trips to Graz (joining members of the CIOL Cambridge Society), Colditz/Leipzig and Höchstädt ("Battle of Blenheim").

In November we traditionally hold a joint Translators' Workshop with the BDÜ Hesse, a regional association of Germany's largest association for Translators and Interpreters (BDÜ).

All our events also contain a certain social element to get to know one another and benefit from shared views and experience, particularly as, for geographical reasons, we cannot hold regular meetings very frequently.

The German Society is always happy to welcome newcomers.

Role Bio
Miss Stephanie TARLING


Chair None provided
Mrs Angela WECKLER


Hon Secretary None provided
Miss Jadwiga BOBROWSKA


Hon Treasurer None provided
Mr Norman ELLIS


Vice-Chair None provided

Date: Friday 15 September 2017
Venue: Lübeck

The 2017 study weekend will take us to Lübeck. This former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading centre for northern Europe. Despite the damage it suffered during the 2nd World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th and 16th century patrician residences, public monuments, churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered.


Topic: The Hanseatic League – Myth and Reality
Dates: Friday 15 September 2017...

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Date: Saturday 11 November 2017
Venue: Berlin

The German Society continue their successful annual Translators' Workshop, this time for a third visit to Berlin.

Speakers & topics

Christin Dallmann / Richard Delaney FCIL CL: Legal topic TBC
Ian Hinchliffe (TBC): Translation/localisation for IKEA
Barbara Müller-Grant: Diseases with a (linguistic) twist
Isabel Schwagreit: Übersetzungs- und Dolmetschnormen

Booking and accommodation

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The German Society runs a variety of professional development events, benefitting CIOL members and non-members alike. Click an event to see its original listing and, if applicable, event reports and downloadable materials:

Berlin, Saturday 5 November 2016

Weimar, Friday 9 September 2016