Emma Goldsmith

EmmaGoldsmith photoEmma Goldsmith originally trained as a registered general nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. She moved to Spain in 1987 and for the following 10 years she worked as a staff nurse through the BNA (British Nursing Agency) during visits to England. This gave her broad experience in a wide range of hospital settings.

Meanwhile, in Madrid, Emma set up as a freelance Spanish-to-English translator, first working for local translation agencies and later — in the internet age — specialising in medicine for global companies and individuals. She now has more than 20 years’ experience in translating clinical-trial documentation, articles for publication in medical journals and product information for EMA submissions. Emma is a member of Mediterranean Editors and Translators (MET) and currently serves as Webmaster on MET’s Council.

Emma is giving a Friday pre-conference workshop entitled EU regulatory medical writing and EMA templates: Compliance and consistency. Emma will also participate in a panel discussion with Anne Murray, Marije de Jager and Valerie Matarese entitled Invasive species: Language versus subject specialists in biomedical editing and translation.

SENSE 2018 Conference

Englishes now!

Trends affecting language professionals



Call for proposals (now closed)

Presenter IMG 8103We invite proposals that relate to the theme of the conference: trends affecting English-language professionals.

Whether you work in editing, translation, interpreting, copywriting, teaching or any other relevant field, don’t miss this opportunity to share your expertise with fellow professionals!

Priority will be given to presentations, panel discussions and workshops that express a clear take-home message and explain its relevance to our members. Presentations could describe promising practices, report research findings, demonstrate techniques, share experience with new technologies or provide knowledge updates. Please note that SENSE is a knowledge-sharing and peer-training network and encourages submissions from both seasoned and novice presenters with expertise to share.

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of 200 to 300 words and a short biography (150 words maximum) to conference@sense-online.nl by Wednesday, 29 November, clearly marking your message as a ‘Proposal for SENSE Englishes now! conference June 2018’. Please submit your proposal and biography as one document in Microsoft Word.

Your abstract should briefly describe the what, how, and why of your presentation and it should have an informative title. If you would like to discuss the suitability of your proposal before sending in your abstract, please feel free to contact John Linnegar at conference@sense-online.nl. 

Presentations will take one of three forms:

  • TED-style talk: 10 minutes (no question time)
  • Short presentation: 30 minutes (including questions)
  • Long presentation: 60 minutes (including questions)

Please indicate the proposed length of your presentation.

We are also inviting proposals for workshops, to be held the day before the conference – Friday 8 June. The duration of the workshops will be 3 hours 15 minutes (including a short break).

The deadline for submitting your proposal and biography is Wednesday, 29 November 2017. You will be informed by 12 January 2018 whether your proposal has been accepted.

Download the presentation submission template here.

Download the workshop proposal template here.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!


 © Images by photographer Michael Hartwigsen of SENSE’s inaugural conference, held in celebration of our 25th Jubilee, at Paushuize, Utrecht on 14 November 2015. All rights reserved.


2018 Conference

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Contact us

If you have any queries that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact the conference team at: conference@sense-online.nl

Off-conference activities

For details of off-conference activities click the blocks. To sign up, click here

Friday morning

Friday evening

Saturday morning 

Sunday afternoon

  • Boat tour of 's-Hertogenbosch's historic ‘Binnendieze

Other ideas for your visit


 Pre-conference workshops will be held at the conference hotel on Friday 8 June from 14:00 to 17:30.

You can choose from the following workshops:

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1. Emma Goldsmith – EU regulatory medical writing and EMA templates: compliance and consistency

2. Stephen Johnston – The impossible blog: how to write a readable blog from unreadable material

3. Margreet de Roo – Making the best, most optimal use of Word

4. John Linnegar  "It only needs a ’light’ edit": negotiating the differences between a light, a medium and a heavy edit

As a conference delegate, you will receive a discount voucher for the workshops shortly after we have received your payment for the conference. Workshop fees are as follows: 

Conference delegates Not attending conference
 SENSE members € 60.00 € 90.00
 Members of sister organisations € 80.00 € 110.00
 Non-members € 100.00 € 130.00

Book soon as places are limited!

SENSE 2018 Conference (9-10 June)

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The conference itself will start at 12:00 on Saturday, with registration and lunch. The afternoon's sessions will be followed by drinks and bites and a networking dinner. The conference will continue from 09:30 on Sunday. The morning sessions will be followed by an optional lunch and a sightseeing opportunity for conference delegates and their partners to discover the hidden treasures of ’s‑Hertogenbosch.

Before and after the conference there will be workshops, sightseeing options and more. Please return to this page to see the news!

The basic conference package will include the conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday, lunch, drinks and dinner on Saturday, and an overnight stay (with breakfast) in a single room in the conference hotel.

’sHertogenbosch or – easier to pronounce Den Bosch has been awarded the title of Most hospitable town in the Netherlands. It is time to make our own assessment!

To make sure we all can make the most of this professional development and networking opportunity, SENSE has organised four hours of sessions on Saturday afternoon followed by a networking dinner. After a good night’s sleep, we attend another four hours of sessions followed by a lunch to close the event itself.

For everyone who could handle the full marathon we will be organizing workshops and sightseeing options on Friday, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. 


 © Images by photographer Michael Hartwigsen of SENSE’s inaugural conference, held in celebration of our 25th Jubilee, at Paushuize, Utrecht on 14 November 2015. All rights reserved.


2018 Conference

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trends affecting language professionals

Sarah Griffin Mason

Sarah Griffin-Mason

Sarah Griffin-Mason is the current chair of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and senior lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth, where she mostly teaches Spanish-to-English specialised translation and professional aspects of translation. She trained as a translator and editor in the InterPress Service in Montevideo, Uruguay in the 1990s and also runs a business as a freelance translator and editor for clients. These include NGOs and international entities such as UNICEF-TACRO, Plan International and the European Training Foundation.

Sarah will give the closing plenary talk of the conference, entitled Trends in translating and interpreting to 2050.

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*** UPDATE 30 April 2018 ***

Now booking conference only!
For hotel rooms please contact Hotel Central:  
Telephone: +31 (0)73 - 6 926 926
E-mail: info@hotel-central.nl

Members and non-members will pay different fees to attend the conference (membership costs only €80 per year). Members of sister organisations will also be entitled to a discount. Last but not least, there's a special fee for those contributing to the conference. All fees shown include Saturday night at the conference hotel.

When you come to register, if you can't find the option you are looking for, please contact us.  

 Early-bird fee*Contributor fee*Standard fee***
SENSE members € 327.50 € 277.50 € 377.50
Members of sister organisations € 367.50 € 317.50 € 417.50
Non-members € 402.50 € 352.50 € 452.50

*      Registration and payment by midnight (23:59!) on Sunday 25 February 2018
**    Registration will close on 26 May 2018, or earlier if tickets are sold out.
***  Prices based on a single room.

What this fee includes:

  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Network drinks
  • Conference dinner
  • Saturday night in a single room at the conference hotel (type of room depends on availability, ask about other options) 
  • Conference sessions on Saturday & Sunday

If you wish to find your own accommodation in Den Bosch, you can book the conference without the hotel on Saturday night. The conference fee is as follows:

Conference without hotel 
SENSE members € 275.00
Members of sister organisations € 315.00
Non-members € 350.00


Guest package (Saturday lunch, networking drinks & dinner) € 92.00
Supplement for single use of double room € 15.00
Friday workshops, see fees and registration* Differs
Sunday lunch (Brabant ‘koffietafel’)** € 24.00
*   See workshop fees and registration details here. Workshops are open to those not attending the conference.

**  Sunday lunch not included in conference fee.

N.B. Prices exclude hotel tourist tax (€ 3.20 per person per night)

N.B. Prices exclude extras in the hotel room (mini bar, room service, laundry etc.)


 © Images by photographer Michael Hartwigsen of SENSE’s inaugural conference, held in celebration of our 25th Jubilee, at Paushuize, Utrecht on 14 November 2015. All rights reserved.


2018 Conference

Englishes now!

trends affecting language professionals





Friday 8 June


Morning – TBA

Off-Conference activity: Friday morning sightseeing (optional)


Four parallel workshops relevant to editors, translators, writers, language professionals (separate registration, also open to those unable to attend the conference)

Evening – TBA

Dinner in small groups (4–6) with fellow conference delegates at local restaurants (optional)

Saturday 9 June


Morning – TBA

Off-Conference activity: Sightseeing tours of ’s-Hertogenbosch (optional)


Conference registration and hotel check-in


Buffet lunch


Conference sessions: keynote speaker and parallel sessions


Post-conference networking opportunity with drinks and snacks


3-course networking dinner with open bar and tea/coffee

Sunday 10 June



Buffet breakfast in the hotel


Conference sessions: Parallel sessions and keynote speaker


END of conference


Off-Conference activity: Traditional Brabant ‘koffietafel’ lunch in the hotel (optional)


Off-Conference activity: Sightseeing tours of ’s-Hertogenbosch (optional)


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