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INTRODUCTION TO VIRUSES AND EMERGING VIRAL DISEASES

FOR TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS.


Next sessions: September 2020, online!

Organised by the French Society of Translators (SFT)

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Invisible to a naked eye and yet capable of putting our lives upside down.

Scary for some, fascinating for others. A professional reality for many right now:

VIRUSES AND EMERGING DISEASES THEY CAUSE.

What are they?

What are they made of?

Why do they cause so much trouble?

How come can a virus jump between different species?

How to detect them, how to cope with them, how do the treatments work?


Many, many people are asking these and other questions today and many are struggling to answer them in detail, and often in practice, in relation to one particular virus: SARS-CoV-2. While the spotlights are on the medical staff and clinical researchers, translators and interpreters are often on the frontlines as well. And if not working on virus-related texts now, they may be faced with it soon. This workshop is designed to help medical translators and interpreters with no medical or biological background tackle this challenge.


TARGET PARTICIPANTS

Translators and interpreters with no profound knowledge of the virology / viral diseases field and little or no experience of writing on these topics.

Maximum 12 persons per group.

LANGUAGE

English

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course presents basic biological and epidemiological concepts and vocabulary from the field in a simple and yet scientific manner. It is designed as an interactive workshop for translators and interpreters who do or may work with documents related to virology and/or emerging viral diseases. Especially tailored exercises provide the immediate hands-on (or pens-on) experience of how to put the newly acquired knowledge into practice. The workshop formula assumes active involvement of the participants who will not only hear but also write and talk about viruses. In addition to the group course, the trainer will be available for at least one extra hour per day for individual tutorials and discussions.

COVID-19 AND TRAININGS

Given the sanitary crisis, all face-to-face trainings are suspended until further notice. However, the emergency situation requires an emergency solution: Science to the Point has decided to launch this new training initially as an abbreviated online learning event. Even though this requires that the number and variability of ‘in-class’ activities be reduced, we will do our best to keep this online training as interactive as possible and to include some practice.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

The course covers the following issues:

- What are viruses – definition and structure

- The biology of viruses, with its advantages and weak points

- Principles of Infectious viral diseases (with a focus on respiratory viruses) – vocabulary and basic concepts

- Human anti-viral defence: when and how

- Viral infections: diagnosis and treatment

- Emerging and re-emerging viral diseases: the why and how of viral epidemics, with implications for public health




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For information on workshops run for the French Society of Translators (SFT; datadock-referenced),

see the SFT website (in French)


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