Dear colleagues and business partners,

Ongoing training and in-depth industry knowledge are indispensable building blocks for state-of-the-art medical and legal translations. In an effort to serve you better, I’m constantly striving to remain at the forefront of technological advances in your fields of business. Below please find some examples of current advanced training courses and tours of research institutions and biotechnology companies.

I can’t wait to get new insights into to some of the most gripping technical and medical advances … and to apply my newly acquired knowledge and skills!

1. Tour: Roche Diagnostics in Penzberg near Munich     


June 2017.

Pharma & Diagnostics

The collaboration of the two divisions, Pharma and Diagnostics, in Penzberg is unique within the Roche Group. From research, through development to production they cover the entire value-added chain. Their innovations help patients worldwide to live a better life.

Innovative competence center for Life Sciences


As an antibody powerhouse, Roche Penzberg stands for research, development and production of this class of therapeutic proteins. The site is a hub of worldwide importance for the production of diagnostic tests, raw materials, analyser systems and biopharmaceuticals.

Roche passionately drives the digitisation of healthcare and personalised medicine. This is how Roche contributes to the well-being of patients worldwide.

With over four decades of experience in biotechnology, Roche’s commitment lies in the enthusiastic and passionate research and implementation of new solutions in life sciences.

The Medical Division of the German translators’ association (BDÜ, Bavarian section) used this unique chance to discuss current research topics with the experts and get the latest news about current trends in the develoment of biologicals. The lecture was followed by a tour of the extensive site including the pharma biotech production buildings where we got valuable insights into the production of monoclonal antibodies, one of the greatest issues of our times.

Roche vor Alpenpanorama

Die Fachgruppe Medizin bei Roche in Greatern Munich

2. Medical Statistics

March 25 – 26, 2017, Diakonissen Hospital Speyer (Germany) | Info:

Many translators working in the fields of pharmacy, medicine or medical technology come into contact with medical statistics and biometrics, for example when translating study synopses, specialist articles or marketing materials based on study results. Basic knowledge of this special field of statistics is required to ensure correct translation.

Medizinische Statistik


  • Types of studies and basics of clinical studies
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Statistical risk and quality measures
  • Bivariate Statistics
  • Statistical tests
  • Discussion of translation problems using examples from participants

About the speaker

Dr. biol. hum. Benjamin Mayer

Dr. biol. hum. Benjamin Mayer is a research assistant at the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at the University of Ulm and habilitated in Medical Biometry. He teaches biometrics for students of human medicine, the online Master’s programme Advanced Oncology and medical information management.



Seminar: Translating Annual Reports 

Date: 17.02.2017 | Location: Munich, Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators | Info:

In addition to a workshop on this topic, which I attended a few years ago in the USA, I can refer to practical experience. In February I refreshed my knowledge by attending a seminar in Munich.

This seminar dealt with the basics of annual reports and annual financial statements of companies. The composition of these financial reports and the most important balance sheet and income statement items were explained, with particular reference to terms that are problematic for translators and prone to confusion.

Seminar contents:

  • Content/structure of an annual report
  • How are the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow prepared?
  • Notes to the most important balance sheet and income statement items
  • Individual and consolidated financial statements
  • What to look out for – typical mistakes/problems
  • Tips and tricks to make it easier for yourself
  • Frequently used expressions/macroscripts

3. Emergency Surgery 

Date: Sept. 16-18, 2016 | Place: Sana Klinikum Hameln | Info:

unfallchirurgie hameln-unfallchirurgie-1


  • Basic anatomy (including central terms) and physiology of the musculoskeletal system
  • Examination procedures in traumatology & orthopaedics (e.g. neutral-zero method, conventional X-ray, tomographic imaging, ultrasound)
  • General information on joint diseases and fractures
  • Fracture healing
  • Conservative and surgical fracture treatment
  • Special features in pediatric and elderly patients
  • Guided tour through the house (patient’s path from the shock room via X-rays into the operating theatre and onto the ward)
  • Diagnosis and therapy for diseases of the upper extremity (e.g. humerus fracture, shoulder luxation, carpal tunnel syndrome…) & lower extremity (e.g. femoral neck fracture, coxarthrosis, gonarthrosis, compartment syndrome)
  • Diagnosis and therapy of: Thorax, abdomen and pelvis (pneumothorax, blunt abdominal trauma, pelvic fracture and symphysis bursting) & spine (herniated disc, vertebral body fracture, traumatic paraplegia…)


4. Hands-on Medical Technology: Cardiology

Date: Oct. 22-23, 2016 | Place: Diakonissen Hospital Speyer | Info:

cardiology        img_9032img_6280

This seminar provides insights into cardiological functional diagnostics and interventional cardiology.

  • Anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • ECG – Functionality and representation of anomalies
  • Guided tour through functional diagnostics and cardiac catheter laboratory
  • Practice unit: section of pig hearts (see photos)
  • Catheter procedures
  • Rhythm disturbances and their treatment (defibrillator, ICD, pacemaker)

5. Translator 4.0

Date: Nov. 25-26, 2016 | Place: Aschaffenburg | Info:


The great industrial revolution began with the steam engine, another milestone in development was the introduction of electricity and the assembly line, and then came the computer at the end of the last millennium, which also brought enormous changes for the profession of translator. Not half a century after this revolutionary change, Industry 4.0, i.e. the introduction of intelligent, networked systems into all areas of life, heralds new, enormous upheavals in the industry.

Luigi Muzii, admittedly not entirely objective as a representative of the machine translation platform TAUS, wrote in late 2015, “translation is one of the first ten jobs that will be automated”, or the Wall Street Journal Asia cheered “You Will Speak Every Language” in January 2016 and described the coupling of speech recognition, automatic translation and digitized, almost lifelike speech output.

Are these just extreme opinions […] or do we [technical translators] have to take these voices seriously and question our own way of working – and adapt them if necessary?