The Scottish Network of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting

Spring Workshop 2023 – Inclusive Language

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09:30 - 13:30


City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
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ITI Scottish Network invites you to its spring workshop:

The what, why and how


To be held at

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Edinburgh

on Saturday, 18 March 2023


9:30 Registration/foregather (tea/coffee available)
10:00 Workshop (part 1)
11:15 Refreshment break
11:45 Workshop (part 2)
1:00 End of workshop
1:30 Lunch at Ciao Roma

Venue & Lunch

The workshop will take place at the Nicolson Square Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX. The venue is off Nicolson Street (South Bridge), about 10 mins walk from Waverley Station. For lunch, we will be going to the nearby Ciao Roma Italian restaurant (64 South Bridge, EH1 1LS).


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably have heard a thing or two about inclusive language. But do you know what it actually means and how to use it in your translation practice? Some people see this trend as disruptive, unnecessary and hard to achieve. Alicja Tokarska hopes to prove that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Alicja has been interested in the topic since 2017, when she began translating on a professional level. In 2020, when she launched her full-time career, she decided to dedicate her practice to inclusive language. Soon she realised that many clients were not as opposed to the idea as she had thought, and even came to her specifically to revise existing translations and make them more inclusive.

In this workshop, she will explain what inclusive language actually is, talk about helpful strategies for different areas (such as gender, race, sexual orientation and more) and languages, and will provide you with sources that can further your knowledge on the subject. We will also explore inclusive language tips for various text types and specialisations. After the break, we will divide into language-specific groups and work on a short translation. This exercise will be a great opportunity to practise inclusive language in different target languages and discuss any doubts with colleagues.


Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, Alicja came to Glasgow in 2009 and fell in love with Scotland. She’s been translating since 2017 and in 2020, after completing a traineeship in the European Parliament in Luxembourg, she established her company Polka Dot Translations – Inclusive Language Services. She offers translation and subtitling in the areas of film & TV, marketing, sustainable lifestyle (fashion & textiles, beauty, food & drink), and mental health. Her language combinations are English <> Polish, as well as Spanish and French into English or Polish.



ITI Scottish Network members: free

ITI members (but not ScotNet): £10

Non-ITI members: £25

Students: free


Please indicate the relevant amount on the registration form.



Participants will be able to pay for their meal individually at the restaurant.


To register for the ITI ScotNet Spring Workshop 2023, please either fill in the Registration_Spring-Workshop_2023_form online and return it to and make the payment online, or print and fill in the form manually and post it, together with a cheque for the relevant amount, to Victoria Dalrymple, 15 Bairns Ford Ave, New Carron, Falkirk, FK2 7LY, by Friday 3 March 2023 at the latest. Your fee (if applicable) should also be paid by this date.

General information

If you can offer or would like a lift or overnight accommodation, please post a message on the ScotNet e-group or let Victoria know by emailing

5 x £30 grants are available for ScotNet members living outside the central belt who wish to attend this event. Please email Victoria Dalrymple on to apply for a grant.

To find out more about joining the network, please contact ScotNet Membership Secretary Sue Anderson on


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