German Society

Date: Friday 20 September 2019
Venue: Norfolk

Following on from the study weekend in in 2017 in Lübeck, the Queen of the Hanse, this year the German Society is crossing the sea to study the Hanse from a different perspective. In the 13th century, King’s Lynn was one of England’s foremost ports. The town attracted traders from the Hanseatic League who came to Lynn with fish, furs, timber, wax and pitch and took away English wool, cloth and salt. The port today still exports barley and imports timber.

All guided tours will be in English.


Friday 20 September


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The German Society runs a variety of professional development events, benefitting CIOL members and non-members alike. Click an event to see its original listing and, if applicable, event reports and downloadable materials:

Würzburg, Friday 14 June 2019

Hamburg, Saturday 2 March 2019

Berlin, Saturday 3 November 2018

Vienna, Friday 14 September 2018

Greifswald, Friday 15 June 2018

Düsseldorf, Saturday 3 February 2018

Berlin, Saturday 11 November 2017

Lübeck, Friday 15 September 2017

Berlin, Saturday 5 November 2016

Weimar, Friday 9 September 2016

The German Society was founded in 1986 and has very been successful in providing a useful network of contacts for its dispersed and very varied membership. To keep in touch with  members  a newsletter is issued three or four times a year and updates are  also available via these pages of the CIOL website.

Traditionally we start the year with the AGM which we hold in either February or March and we usually combine this with  a networking session for members attending.  At the AGM in 2018, as part of the formal business  it was agreed to  dissolve our e.V. (registered German Society status) to make life less bureaucratic. From 2019 we plan to replace the AGM with a Members’ Day held in the spring.

An annual event, normally in June, is the Anglophoner Tag which is held jointly with a number of other associations and networks of translators who work from/into German (currently ITI German Network, Aticom and BDÜ Hesse). The German Society has hosted events in Aachen, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Potsdam and in 2018 in Greifswald. They typically cover a variety of language topics.

Another fixture is our annual Study Weekend, usually in September. For this we have met in different regions of Germany and beyond, again of course concentrating on language(s). We have visited various places where a recognised minority language is widely spoken, such as Bautzen (Sorbian), Flensburg (Danish), Wismar ("Plattdeutsch"); we have also looked at Swiss German ("Schwyzerdütsch"), Luxemburgish ("Lëtzebuergesch") and the language situation/integration in Frankfurt (Oder) on the Polish-German border. In addition, we have also explored historical links between the UK and Germany such as in Hanover, Heidelberg, Colditz/Leipzig and Höchstädt ("Battle of Blenheim"). Our 30th anniversary meeting was held in Weimar which has been very popular with many British authors. A number of events have been held jointly with the Cambridge Society, in Cambridge and also in Germany and Austria.

The Translators' Workshop in November in Berlin is a chance for translators to listen to and exchange views on a large variety of topics, ranging from legal and technical problems, to translating cookery books and poetry. Something for everyone.

All our events also contain plenty of opportunities for networking which is very important since the distances involved mean that we cannot meet up in the pub at the weekend.

The German Society is always happy to welcome newcomers, either living in Germany or the UK. Our events are always bilingual.


Role Bio
Ms Stephanie TARLING


Chair None provided
Mrs Angela WECKLER


Hon Secretary None provided
Miss Jadwiga BOBROWSKA


Hon Treasurer None provided
Mr Norman ELLIS


Vice-Chair None provided

If you are interested in supporting the German Society we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Simply email us with your name and contact details and a member of the committee will contact you for a no obligation discussion.