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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 a web presence on this 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, BDÜ Hesse) and hosted in rotation by each of the five. It was our turn in 1997 (Aachen), 2001 (Berlin), 2006 (Munich) and 2010 (Hamburg). They always covered a variety of language topics, except for Munich which dealt solely with the translation of patents, including speakers and invaluable support from the European Patent Office.

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 visited for instance, various places where a recognised minority language is widely spoken, such as Bautzen (Sorbian), Flensburg (Danish), Wismar (“Plattdeutsch”). We also explored Swiss German (“Schwyzerdütsch”), Luxemburgish (“Lëtzebuergesch“) and the language situation/integration in Frankfurt (Oder) right on the Polish-German border. More recently, there were 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.


Management Committee


Stephanie Tarling
Frankfurt an der Oder
Norman Ellis
Jadwiga Bobrowska
Hon. Treasurer
Angela Weckler
Hon. Secretary