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Conference 2

Interpreting in Health and Community Services
Perspectives, qualification & future developments

The nationwide conference ‘Interpreting in Health and Community Services. Perspectives, Qualification & Future Developments’ took place on the 23rd and 24th of September in 2022. The conference served to highlight questions and approaches to minimum qualification nationally and internationally and to discuss measures to professionalise the profession of community interpreters.

The occasion was the end of the research projects ‘Qualification Interpreting in the community’, ‘Equivalence procedure’ and ‘Training for professionals’.

In addition to expert presentations, the conference offered opportunities for exchange in the form of workshops and a panel discussion. Certificates were also awarded to graduates of the "Interpreting in the Community" qualification.

The conference was held at the Ballinstadt Emigration Museum in Hamburg.



Prof. Dr. Mike Mösko, Principle Investigator ZwischenSprachen, UKE

Arne Dornquast, Head of the Office for Labour and Integration of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Main presentations

"Qualifications of Interpreters in International Comparison"
Birsen Serinkoz, Translation, Language and Cultural Studies Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

"Development of language mediation in German-speaking countries"
Dr. Katia Iacono, Centre for Translation Studies, University of Vienna * (PDF-Downlaod 1MB)

"Presentation of a nationwide study among interpreters and the project results of the ZwischenSprachen minimum qualification for interpreters"
Prof. Dr. Mike Mösko & Saskia Hanft-Robert, Research Group on Migration and Psychosocial Health, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf * (PDF-Downlaod 4MB)

"The importance of multilingual communication"
Prof. Dr. Kristin Bührig, Department of German Studies, University of Hamburg * (PDF-Downlaod 1MB)

"Strengthening professionals working with interpreters - (Im)Possible!?"
Dr. Julie Baujard, SEGEMI e.V., Hamburg

Panel discussion

"Why is qualified interpreting important?"


  • Nicola Fischer, Department of Language Services, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
  • Dr. Thomas Wiesner, Werner Otto Institute, Hamburg
  • Natalia Bugaj-Wolfram, Consultant for Migration Social Work, Paritätischer Gesamtverband
  • Marc Burmeister, Head of Department, Hamburg Employment Agency
  • Rita Loumites, certified community interpreter

Moderation: Burkhard Plemper

Presentation of certificates

Appreciation and presentation of certificates to the graduates of the "Interpreting in the Community" qualification by Beate Spyrou, Head of IQ Netzwerk Hamburg, Hamburg Social Services Department


Professionals working with interpreters: Challenges and resources
Chair: Gunnhild Thomsen, Coordinator, SEGEMI e.V., Hamburg

How can language mediators (further) qualify themselves?
Chair: Llúcia Vivero, certified interpreter, SEGEMI e.V., Hamburg & Hebah Alhaj, community interpreter

Empowerment and self-organisation of language mediators in Germany
Chair: Fenna La Gro and Charlotte Stieglitz, FAU Language Workers Network, Leipzig & and Rita Loumites, community interpreters

Future workshop: Qualified Interpreting in the Community in Germany
Chair: Lena Emch-Fassnacht, INTERPRET Swiss Association for Intercultural Interpreting and Mediation

Further Downloads

The programme of the conference can be viewed here. (Download 0,7 MB)

Below you will also find a few photographic impressions of the conference. All photos in the following gallery are protected by copyright. The copyright belongs to the photographer Heike Günther.)

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