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UPSKILLS Multiplier Event: Linguists in Tech- a Swiss Perspective


General Details

This event is organised by the UPSKILLS project team at the University of Zurich (Tanja Samardžić and Iris Hübscher) together with local organisers.Contact details: iriscarmela.huebscher [at] (iriscarmela[dot]huebscher[at]uzh[dot]ch) and tanja.samardzic [at] (tanja[dot]samardzic[at]uzh[dot]ch)
Date: 8 June 2022
Time: from 9:00 to 17:00
Location: Polo Universitario Lugano D1.03. Online attendance will be possible via a zoom link, which will be sent to all registered participants.


This hybrid multiplier event is the first of two events to be organised in Switzerland by the UPSKILLS project. Its goal is to bring together members of academia, students and companies across Europe to work on improving employability of language and linguistics students.
Many companies, including technology giants, work with language data and the demand for research skills in language-related domains is constantly growing. University curricula, however, are rarely oriented towards specific skills needed for research and industry (such as programming, data acquisition and handling etc.). As a result, language and linguistic students tend to be poorly prepared for research or industry careers. The UPSKILLS project addresses this gap with multiple activities to be presented at this full-day event.
This will be a hybrid event collocated with the conference SwissText 2022


Registration is free of charge and is now available on this page:

[Kindly note that there are only 30 places for on-site participation, while there is no cap when it comes to online participation.]


All times are CEST (UTC+2)
09:00 - 10:30   Presentation of the needs analysis: language, technology and the future of linguistic professions
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30   Interactive panel discussion: What can we do?
12:30 - 14:00   Lunch break
14:00 - 15:00   Presentation of the guidelines for integrating research into teaching (with invited commentators)
15:00 - 16:00   A tour of the current state of the UPSKILLS materials (teaching content and educational games, with invited commentators)
16:00 - 17:00   Networking time

Polo Universitario Lugano