Networks & events

CIOL members are at the heart of everything we do.

Our member networks are run by members, for members, and offer a unique opportunity for language practitioners to come together to network, share ideas, offer support and guidance, participate in professional development activities, share news and updates and to simply meet socially.

Freelance language practitioners typically work mostly in isolation so our divisions and societies offer members the chance to meet up with like-minded individuals, to share experiences, make friends and extend professional networks.

CIOL specialist divisions

All CIOL members, irrespective of grade, have the opportunity to join one (or more) of three specialist divisions, all managed by CIOL members on a voluntary basis:

Business, Professions and Government Division (BPG)

The diversity of the BPG Division is its strength as it welcomes all language practitioners working in industry, commerce, government and the professions (e.g. law, accountancy, engineering). Learn more

Interpreting Division (ID)

ID represents interpreters working or with an interest in many different interpreting sectors, including conference, public service and business interpreting, using liaison, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting modes. Learn more

Translating Division (TD)

TD is currently the largest of the three specialist member-run divisions and welcomes CIOL members who are professional translators as well as student and affiliate members interested in a career in translation. Learn more

CIOL local societies

In addition, all CIOL members can meet with a member-run local society (or network) which offers social and professional development events for all linguists in a defined geographical location.

Find your network

CIOL currently has local networks for linguists living or working in these locations:

CIOL events

We have a very busy events calendar ranging from the annual and very popular Members' Day, which incorporates the renowned Threlford Lecture, to internationally recognised external events such as the Language Show.

Supplemented by events and activities organised by our divisions and societies plus our CPD programme which includes webinars delivered by our CPD Accredited partner eCPD Webinars Ltd. there is bound to be something going on to suit your professional needs.

Join in the conversation

CIOL encourages its members to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow our LinkedIn page and associated group. We use our social media channels to bring you CIOL news and updates plus it’s a chance for you to have your say and take part in or start a discussion: