This year’s virtual ALTA conference will kick off on International Translation Day, September 30, 2020, for two and a half weeks of daily events, culminating in a weekend of all-day programming on October 17-18, 2020. The schedule will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous content, at different times of day to accommodate different time zones. Registration for the conference will open July 21, 2020.

We know that the COVID-19 health crisis has hit many people’s finances hard, and social isolation has been challenging for us all. Providing a space for our community to come together has rarely felt more important. With this in mind, and with the aim of making participation more feasible for more people, we’ve made some changes to registration this year. We’ve reduced rates, set our base registration at an at-cost price of $100, and introduced tiered pay-what-you-can options. A select few events will also be free and open to the public.

We must also be transparent: the pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to ALTA financially. The conference ordinarily represents nearly half of the organization's total annual income, and we will be struggling to stay in the black this year. So if you or your institution are in a position to pay the usual in-person conference registration rate, we hope you’ll consider registering at $200. Your generosity makes it possible for us to keep registration rates low for everyone. For those who are not in a position to pay the at-cost price, there is the option of a $50 rate.

One thing hasn’t changed: ALTA members still receive discounted registration. Become an ALTA member today for 10% off registration, the ability to propose 45- or 60-minute conference sessions, priority selection for the Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series, and other benefits. Read more and join here.

We welcome everyone to our conference and are committed to making our programming and events accessible, and to making arrangements that allow all attendees to participate in the conversation. With questions about access, or to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in the ALTA conference, such as ASL interpreting, CART captioning, captioned videos, or electronic text, etc., please contact Program Manager Kelsi Vanada (520-621-1757). Learn more about accessibility at ALTA43

And to the extent that you are able, please give to ensure that ALTA can continue its work.


Registration Rates

ALTA members receive a 10% discount on all $100-$200 priced tickets! Join here.

Rate Access to all conference programming and recordings One translation workshop & two exclusive pitch sessions with translation publishers Makes it possible for you and one other person to attend the conference

NOTE: To access the member discount, you must be logged into your member account when registering. Registration for tickets at the $125 & $200 levels closes on August 31.

Registration includes admission to the full conference, including live events during the conference weekend and all programming leading up to it. All presenters, including readers accepted to the Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series, must register for the conference.

All conference registrations must be purchased online or onsite with a credit or debit card. We do not accept checks or cash. Please also note that registration is non-refundable.

Please direct any questions you might have to We are looking forward to coming together and celebrating your work this fall.


Important Dates

July 21, 2020: Online registration opens, and will remain open throughout conference dates
August 31, 2020: Registration closes at the $125 and $200 levels
October 18, 2020: Final conference day, registration at the $100 and $50 levels closes at 5pm PT