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Gymnasiumstraße 50, 1190 Vienna, Austria
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Organization

In order to function as a professional association, UNIVERSITAS Austria needs not only committed people, but also an organizational structure to manage everything involved.

The main body of the association is the General Meeting, referring to all our members. Every other year, the General Meeting elects the Board of Directors, which consists of 10 to 15 volunteers and sets the agenda of the association. The Board of Directors may appoint committees to deal with certain matters in detail.

For disputes within the association, an arbitration tribunal is available.

We have an office for administrative support, which also acts as a point of contact. Our office employees, who are highly dedicated to their work, are not only responsible for the majority of the internal and external communication via phone and email, but also manage the member database, keep the accounts, support the organization of events, and take minutes at our board meetings, among other tasks.

Office

You can find our office here:

Zentrum für Translationswissenschaft (ZTW)
Gymnasiumstraße 50
1190 Vienna

Entrance Philippovichgasse, first left on the ground floor (Google Maps).

 

Office hours – currently closed

Marlene Hönigsberger

Daniela Kosić

Monday, 2–5 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.–12 noon

Outside of our office hours, you can contact us by calling +43 (01) 368 6060 or by sending an email to info@universitas.org.

We will be in touch!

Board of Directors

The UNIVERSITAS Austria Board of Directors manages the operations of the association and is elected every other year by the General Meeting.

All board members are volunteers and have a specific area of responsibility. Some of these positions are determined by the statutes of the association, e.g. President, Secretary-General, and Treasurer.

Roughly every four to six weeks, the Board of Directors meets and takes care of the association’s pending matters with the assistance of the different committees and our office.

The responsibilities of the Board of Directors as well as those of each member of the board are defined in the statutes (available in German only) of the association.

You can contact the Board of Directors as well as the office by sending an email to info@universitas.org. If you have a particular concern addressed to a specific board member or regarding a specific area of expertise, please use the respective email address (board member, area of responsibility) or refer to one of the committees in charge.

We will gladly take care of your concerns and look forward to your suggestions and ideas!

Board Members2019-2021

Dagmar Jenner

President
dagmar.jenner@universitas.org

Liaison to training/educational institutions, PR and Strategy Committee, Bremer Runde, Austrian Economic Chambers/Language Service Providers Vienna, International Relations

 

 

 

Silvia Glatzhofer

Vice-President
silvia.glatzhofer@universitas.org

Liaison officer (Graz), responsible for mentoring program (Maria Verber Program)

 

 

 

 

María Palma

Secretary-General
maria.palma@universitas.org

Coordination of the PR and Strategy Committee

 

 

 

 

Tamara Popilka

Deputy Secretary-General
tamara.popilka@universitas.org

IT and Administration, Continuing Professional Development, Translation Technologies

 

 

 

 

Justyna Bork

Treasurer
justyna.bork@universitas.org

Finances and Accounting, IT and Administration

 

 

 

 

Ivana Havelka

Deputy Treasurer
ivana.havelka@universitas.org

Standardization, Remote Interpreting (phone/video), Finance and Accounting, Extended Federal Committee for Language Service Providers (Austrian Economic Chambers)

 

 

 

 

Ekaterina Graf

Board member
ekaterina.graf@universitas.org

Liaison officer (Innsbruck), Member of the Committee for Junge Wirtschaft Schwaz, an organization for young entrepreneurs (Austrian Economic Chambers)

 

 

 

 

Martina Kichler

Board member
martina.kichler@universitas.org

Coordination of the Translation Committee, Austrian Sign Language

 

 

 

 

Bianca Schönhofer

Board member
bianca.schoenhofer@universitas.org

Editor of the Member Magazine, IT and Administration

 

 

 

 

Bettina Schreibmaier-Clasen

Board member
bettina.schreibmaier-clasen@universitas.org

Continuing Professional Development

 

 

 

 

Katerina Sinclair

Board member
katerina.sinclair@universitas.org

Coordination of the Young Professionals Support Committee

 

 

 

 

Ursula Stachl-Peier

Board member
ursula.stachl-peier@universitas.org

Coordination of the Community Interpreting Committee

 

 

 

 

Patrícia Szilágyi

Board member
patricia.szilagyi@universitas.org

Student Member Representative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Areas of responsibility2019-2021

Our areas of responsibility and the board members in charge are listed below:

Community Interpreting

Continuing Professional Development

Finance and Accounting

International Relations

Interpreting

IT and Administration

Liaison to Educational Institutions

Liaison to Sister Organizations in Austria

Maria Verber Program (Mentoring)

Member Magazine

Public Relations

Remote Interpreting

Sign Language

Standardization

Student Members

Translation

Translation Technology

Young Professionals Support, Internships

Former Presidents and Secretary-Generalssince 1975

2017-2019

Dagmar Jenner
Dagmar Sanjath

2015-2017

Alexandra Jantscher-Karlhuber
Dagmar Sanjath

2012-2015

Alexandra Jantscher-Karlhuber
Dagmar Jenner

2011-2012

Eva Holzmair-Ronge
Dagmar Jenner

2009-2011

Eva Holzmair-Ronge
Margit Hengsberger

2007-2009

Eva Holzmair-Ronge
Dagmar Sanjath

2005-2007

Florika Grießner
Dagmar Sanjath

2003-2005

Florika Grießner
Eva Martina Strobl, Ingrid Haussteiner

2001-2003

Erika Obermayer
Susanne Watzek

1999-2001

Erika Obermayer
Susanne Watzek

1997-1999

Elisabeth Schwarz
Sabine Schmidt

1995-1997

Elisabeth Schwarz
Elisabeth Frank-Grossebner

1993-1995

Annie Weich
Elisabeth Grossebner

1991-1993

Annie Weich
Liese Katschinka

1989-1991

Annie Weich
Liese Katschinka

1987-1989

Annie Weich
Liese Katschinka

1985-1987

Annie Weich
Liese Katschinka

1983-1985

Annie Weich
Liese Katschinka

1981-1983

Jeanne Gauster
Annie Weich

1979-1981

Jeanne Gauster
Annie Weich

1977-1979

Jeanne Gauster
Annie Weich

1975-1977

Maria Verber
Eva Beckel, Liese Katschinka, Brigitte Peschl, Marion Zaczek, Christian Springer

Committees

The UNIVERSITAS Austria Board of Directors can appoint committees to deal with certain matters. If required, external experts may be involved with these committees.

According to the statutes, at least an Interpreting Committee and a Translation Committee have to be established. At present, the following committees also support the association’s work:

Community Interpreting Committee

The UNIVERSITAS Austria Community Interpreting Committee was founded in 2013 and deals with job-related developments in the field of community interpreting. The committee itself does not pass any resolutions but presents written recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Tasks und Responsibilities

  • organizing and holding workshops for students and community interpreters,
  • taking steps to promote professionalization and organizing events in the field of community interpreting,
  • distributing information and preparing statements concerning topics related to community interpreting,
  • building awareness and quality assurance among customers and clients,
  • considering applications and documents for admission to COMMUNITAS, our platform for community interpreters, and forwarding these to the Board of Directors for approval.

For further information on COMMUNITAS, click here.

Members of the Community Interpreting Committee

The Community Interpreting Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors and is made up of five to six members who work in the field of community interpreting (practice, training, and research). If required, external experts may be consulted. If possible, at least one member of the committee should also be a member of the Board of Directors. The committee holds meetings in Graz as needed, which are chaired by the executive member.

  • Ursula Stachl-Peier (Coordinator)
  • Anna Agabani
  • Ivana Havelka
  • Sonja Leet-Schutti
  • Katharina Redl

You can contact the Community Interpreting Committee by sending an email to afci@universitas.org.

Interpreting Committee

The Interpreting Committee is responsible for issues concerning the topic of interpreting and advocates for maintaining professional standards within the field. Additionally, the committee processes all applications for the UNIVERSITAS Austria Certification for Interpreters, with the Board of Directors making the final decision.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • compiling information for leaflets on interpreting, such as the interpretation guidelines (available in the members-only area of the website),
  • processing certification applications,
  • creating the fee guide for interpreting (available in German only),
  • publishing statements against price dumping and interpreting requests that do not meet the association’s standard,
  • providing consulting services for conferences and putting together interpreting teams.

Members of the Interpreting Committee

The Interpreting Committee consists of at least four members who are appointed by the Board of Directors for a two-year term and whose mandate can be extended twice. If possible, at least one member of the committee should also be a board member. The committee meets four to five times per year or as needed.

  • Claudia Fischer-Ballia (Coordinator)
  • Bettina Coll
  • Jill Kreuer
  • Sonja Schnitzer
  • Susanne Watzek
  • Christa Wendl

You can contact the Interpreting Committee by sending an email to afdo@universitas.org.

PR and Strategy Committee

The PR and Strategy Committee is responsible for both internal and external PR and follows the overall strategy defined by the Board of Directors. We inform the general public about the fields of translation and interpreting and implement measures targeted at raising the profile of the profession. The PR and Strategy Committee is also happy to deal with press inquiries.

Tasks and Responsibilities

External PR work:

  • issuing press releases,
  • attending/sponsoring trade shows, conferences, and other events,
  • publishing information on social media: Twitter, Facebook, our blog, etc.,
  • organizing advertising campaigns: public transport, print media or informing customers, etc.

Internal PR work:

  • promoting member loyalty: open days, networking meetings, etc.,
  • designing advertising material.

Members of the PR and Strategy Committee

Several members of the Board of Directors and other colleagues collaborate to form the PR and Strategy Committee. The Board of Directors appoints the PR and Strategy Committee.

  • María Palma (Coordination)
  • Dagmar Jenner
  • Karina Ghilea-Trummer
  • Maddalena Martella
  • Matteo D. Paone
  • Jelena Semjonowa-Herzog
  • Nóra Uhri

You can contact the PR and Strategy Committee by sending an email to afps@universitas.org.

Translation Committee

The Translation Committee functions as the first point of contact both within the association and for the public for any questions concerning the topic of translation. Another important matter for the committee is ensuring support for young translators starting their careers. The committee also examines the applications for UNIVERSITAS Austria certification and forwards applications to be approved by the Board of Directors.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • organizing workshops and webinars for students and newcomers to the profession,
  • distributing information and statements concerning translation-related topics,
  • compiling and regularly updating the following publications: fee guide for translating (available in German only), guidelines for budding translators (available in the members-only area of the website).

Members of the Translation Committee

The Board of Directors appoints the Translation Committee consisting of a minimum of four members. If necessary, experts (counseling members) can be consulted concerning matters of the Translation Committee. If possible, one committee member should also be part of the Board of Directors and act as a contact person. The Committee meets four to five times per year or as needed.

  • Martina Kichler (Coordinator)
  • Martina Flor
  • Irene Mühldorf
  • Laura Scheifinger
  • Beatrix Tóth

You can contact the Translation Committee by sending an email to afue@universitas.org.

Young Professionals Support Committee

The Young Professionals Support Committee is dedicated to supporting young translators and preparing them for their careers. The committee organizes groups for the UNIVERSIPraktikum Internship, the Maria Verber mentoring program, additional training opportunities specifically for student members, as well as the work of student member representatives.

Members of the Young Professionals Support Committee

  • Katerina Sinclair (Coordinator)
  • Katia Iacono
  • Tiana Jerkovic
  • Bettina Schreibmaier-Clasen
  • Patrícia Szilágyi
  • Marlene Trendl
  • Edith Vanghelof

You can contact the Young Professionals Support Committee by sending an email to afn@universitas.org.

Student Member Representation

Student membership at UNIVERSITAS Austria offers many advantages:

  • useful information for newcomers to the profession
  • networking and connections
  • continuing professional development
  • individual advice
  • price reductions when upgrading to a full membership
  • discounts on many programs

Master’s degree students in the field of translation studies attending one of the three educational institutions in Austria (Vienna, Innsbruck, Graz) can apply for student membership. Student membership costs €20 per year and is limited to three years from the start of the master’s program. If you study for more than three years, we kindly ask you to send us your enrollment certification to info@universitas.org. Our statutes require that you apply for an upgrade to full membership after completing your master’s degree.

In order to become a student member, simply fill out the application form and ask two sponsors to sign it. All UNIVERSITAS Austria full members and student member representatives can act as sponsors. For further information, please contact the student member representatives at your university.

Your Student Member Representatives2019-2021

Nationwide

Patrícia Szilágyi
patricia.szilagyi@universitas.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vienna

Kamila Montarsi

Joanna Czurda

  • Joanna Czurda
  • Kamila Montarsi
  • Marita Schett
  • Patrícia Szilágyi

jungmitglieder-wien@universitas.org

 

 

 

 

Patrícia Szilágyi

Marita Schett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graz

Yvonne Kapfer

Anna Agabani

  • Anna Agabani
  • Yvonne Kapfer

jungmitglieder-graz@universitas.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innsbruck

Lisa Lanthaler

Stefanie Böhm

  • Stefanie Böhm
  • Lisa Lanthaler
  • Robert Natter
  • Jennifer Zeller

jungmitglieder-innsbruck@universitas.org

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Natter

Jennifer Zeller