The Scottish Network of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting

Summer Workshop 2020

Summer Workshop 2020


29/05/2020 - 31/05/2020    
All Day


Islesburgh Complex
King Harald Street, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0EQ

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The 2020 ITI Scotnet Summer Workshop was due to be held in beautiful Shetland. Sadly, Covid-19 got in the way. The details are archived below. It is hoped that it will be possible to put on a similar workshop in Shetland in 2022.

The broad topic will be renewable energy, focusing on the specific forms associated with the islands. On Saturday evening we have our traditional dinner and ceilidh to which we also welcome friends and family. An informal meal on Friday evening and an excursion on Sunday complement the event. This page contains all of the information from the Call Notice, but please also contact Elisa Cristobal to join the participants’ e-group as we will be circulating further details between now and the end of May. Details regarding the cost and links to the official Call Notice and Registration Form can be found at the bottom of this page.


The official programme is currently as follows:

Friday evening

19.00: Informal meal at New Golden Coach restaurant (Baroc), 1-3 Commercial Road, Lerwick.


Islesburgh Community Centre, King Harald St, Lerwick, ZE1 0EQ

9.00: Warm up with one of yoga (Corinne Durand), singing (led by Lynda Hepburn) or (unconfirmed) walk around Lerwick. Optional.

9.30: Workshop registration (tea and coffee)

10.30: Workshop 1: talk by Birgit Wagner on Renewable Energy: an Overview. Birgit’s talk will give an overview of the different technologies, benefits and challenges associated with the utilisation of energy from renewable sources, including power generation, storage and transport. She will introduce some basic principles and definitions with the aim of enabling those with a non-technical background to gain a better understanding of technical texts relating to this topic.

11.30: Coffee break

12.00: Workshop 2: talk by Tom Wills, marine renewables expert: Marine Renewables. Tom’s talk will provide an overview of marine renewables and the pitfalls associated with translating industry texts, most of which he has personally encountered. He will outline the nature and distribution of marine energy resources, before examining the different technologies and the range of services that are required to support such projects. Tom will also touch on the potential of marine renewables to help tackle climate change and the political changes needed for the industry to realise its potential.

13.15: Lunch break – buffet lunch served in venue

14.15: Workshop 3: Hands on session. Translation workshop:
After lunch delegates will work in language groups on a short text relating to renewables and the environment in Shetland. Texts will be distributed in advance to give delegates the option of researching any unfamiliar terminology. Groups will ideally be made up of three translators with the same language combination. Please fill in your language pair(s) in the registration form.

15.30: Tea break

16.00: Workshop 4: Sue White of the Shetland Amenity Trust: Peatland and its restoration. Sue’s talk will be all about peatlands, or blanket bogs, how they were formed, their importance and value, not only for the wildlife they support, but also for carbon storage, regulating water flow and purifying water. She will talk about what happens when peatland is damaged, drying out and eroding, what measures can be taken to restore it and specifically about the restoration work undertaken here in Shetland.

Evening: Dinner and ceilidh in the Lerwick Sound Hall with the Peter Wood Dance Band


Excursion to the south end of the Shetland Mainland by coach.

9.30 (provisional): leave Lerwick

10.30: Sumburgh – Lighthouse, museum and seabirds

11.45: Jarlshof prehistoric and Norse settlement

13.00: soup and sandwich lunch at the Sumburgh Hotel

14.00: depart for walk at St. Ninian’s Isle (not an island!) or wet weather alternative

16.00-17.00: return to Lerwick


Birgit has organised an all-in price of approx. £30 for the day including coach, museum entrance, entrance to Jarlshof and lunch.

Anyone with a flight from Sumburgh Airport on Sunday afternoon can be dropped off at the airport at lunchtime.

tom-willisTom Wills is an engineer and language enthusiast who has been working in wave and tidal energy for 13 years. After studying mechanical engineering with an Erasmus year in Bordeaux, Tom worked at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, before completing an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Marine Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He has lived and worked in Chile and Indonesia, speaks fluent French and Spanish and has made a start on a few other languages. Tom is the author of a chapter on tidal energy in the Encyclopaedia of Marine and Offshore Engineering and now works for Nova Innovation on the Shetland Tidal Array.

sue-whiteSue White is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Her background is in ecology, archaeology and as a Farm Conservation Adviser. She currently works as the Peatland Restoration Project Officer in Shetland, promoting the importance of peatlands for carbon storage, water quality and biodiversity and developing and implementing peatland restoration projects throughout Shetland. Her work is funded by the Scottish government through SNH “Peatland Action”.

birgit-wagnerBirgit Wagner is a freelance technical translator specialising in patents who has been based in Shetland for the past 20+ years and an MITI and ScotNet member for nearly as long. She has a degree in Engineering Mechanics from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and has worked in materials testing and air filter development and testing in Switzerland. With renewables being a hot topic in Shetland and through translating numerous patents for new developments, Birgit has developed a keen interest in the field.

Shetland 2020: Travel & Accommodation

If you're planning to attend the ITI Scottish Network Summer Workshop 2020 in Lerwick, Shetland, then it's high time to start looking at how to get there and where to stay. With the help of our local organiser, Birgit, we've put together some information that may help.

Getting to Shetland

Almost 300 miles in a straight line from Edinburgh (not that you can actually follow that path!), Lerwick is still relatively accessible for travellers. Northlink Ferries sail between Aberdeen and Lerwick overnight, taking approximately 12.5 hours and arriving in Shetland at 7.30am. Some sailings go via Kirkwall in Orkney and the ferry leaves earlier on those days - check the timetable. The return journey is also overnight, and the two cruise ferries offer a wide range of accommodation options, from simple reclining chairs to premium cabins.

If life on the ocean wave is not for you, Logan Air flies direct to Sumburgh Airport at the southern tip of Shetland from Aberdeen, Inverness, Kirkwall, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bergen. Sumburgh is around 25 miles from Lerwick, so transport from the airport to our workshop venue will also need to be arranged. Get in touch with ScotNet once you have booked your flight as there may be options available that are cheaper than a taxi. There is a bus service but buses are not very frequent and don't connect with all flights. Timetables can be found at


There are several listings websites for hotels and B&Bs / guest houses, all of which should be fairly easy to find, and if you would rather speak to a person, there is the tourist office, (, tel. 01595-693434), although not nearly all properties are listed with them. B&Bs / guesthouses tend to get booked up fairly quickly. AirBnb offers the most extensive list of properties with lots of reasonably-priced self-catering places and the odd B&B option too.

There is an excellent hostel (Islesburgh House Hostel) conveniently next door to the workshop venue.

To help you choose a location, there is a map below that shows the location of the workshop venue (Islesburgh Community Centre) and the venue for the dinner and ceilidh (Sound Hall). To give you an idea of scale, it's about one mile, i.e. a 20 min walk or 5 min drive/taxi ride from one to the other. We don't have a venue for the Friday evening meal yet but it will most likely be somewhere central.

Map showing the location of our dinner and ceilidh venue, Sound Hall, in relation to central Lerwick, where the Isleburgh Community Centre is located.

The workshop is part of ScotNet’s annual summer meeting and all attendees – plus their families and friends – are warmly invited to the social events on the Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday. Everyone is also welcome to the pre-workshop activity on Saturday morning at 9 am. Please fill in your choice of social activities in the registration form and pay any additional costs as detailed there.
Friday evening
On Friday evening there will be an informal dinner at The Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, Lerwick. This event will have a set menu to share (see call notice for details) at £20 per head. Please tick the relevant box on your reply form, so that we can give the restaurant numbers.
Saturday Dinner and Ceilidh
On Saturday evening at 7.00 pm, we will meet again in the Sound Hall with spouses, partners, families and friends to enjoy a 3-course dinner with locally sourced ingredients, followed by a ceilidh with the Peter Wood Dance Band.
A form with menu choices is attached on the last page of this Call Notice. Menu choices will be collected from delegates and their friends/family in early May.
Sunday Coach Excursion
The south of Mainland Shetland: all inclusive cost £30 pp
On Sunday we will have an all-day coach excursion to the south of Mainland Shetland, visiting Sumburgh Head with its lighthouse, visitor centre and seabirds; Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlement; and St. Ninian’s Isle, an island linked to the mainland by a beach known as a tombola.
We are booked for lunch at the Sumburgh Hotel. In the event of bad weather, the walk in the afternoon will be replaced with a wet weather option.
Anyone with an afternoon flight out of Sumburgh can leave the excursion at lunchtime as the airport is very close to the Sumburgh Hotel.

We have put together a page with information on travel and accommodation options.


Scotnet member fee: Workshop only £60; Workshop, dinner & ceilidh £90; Dinner & ceilidh only £30; Friday evening dinner £20; Sunday coach excursion £30

ITI member fee: Workshop only £80; Workshop, dinner & ceilidh £110; Dinner & ceilidh only £30; Friday evening dinner £20; Sunday coach excursion £30

Non-member fee: Workshop only £95; Workshop, dinner & ceilidh £125; Dinner & ceilidh only £30; Friday evening dinner £20; Sunday coach excursion £30

Download registration_form (PDF)

Download call notice (PDF)

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