A candle burning in the middle of a word cloud about gratetude.

Yes, it was a special and challenging year, like no other.

2020 was facing us with a completely new situation. And we were all in together in this pandemic, we all shared the same fears and doubts, and had to adapt to a very unknown new way of life.

However, if I look back to that year, I find so many good things to be grateful for, that I want to share them with you.

It was a difficult year for so many people and industries, but the language industry did not struggle too much. Many translation agencies and Language Service Providers (LSPs) we were auditing with LICS, the Language Industry Certification System, reported that their business did not suffer, and their revenues were stable or even increasing. I am grateful for this.

I am grateful for an amazing Terminology Summer School – TSS 2020 Online – where more participants than ever joined us, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Japan, to share their knowledge and experience in terminology management with their peers from all over the world.

I am grateful for super committed and engaged TermNet members, such as BME in Hungary with Márta Fischer, the new TermNet President, Hendrik Kockaert from Antwerp and Doha, Christian Galinski, our Godfather of Terminology, or Frieda Steurs, our former TermNet President, who all made TSS 2020 a huge success with an attractive program and excellent speakers and trainers.

I am grateful for a magic Terminology Group Coaching community, who met every first Thursday of the month, to bring terminology issues on the virtual table, to discuss them with their colleagues and with me. Together we found helpful ways how to cope with the daily terminology challenges we are encountering. The spirit and support in this community is extraordinary. Group coaching is so rewarding!

I am grateful for the important new terminology project FedTerm where TermNet has been invited by Tilde in Riga:  European Union is funding a new terminology platform with federated terminology nodes where terminologies will be shared with the world. It is wonderful to be part of such an initiative, to be able to contribute and bring terminology professionals and organizations together for a great purpose.

I am grateful for the fruitful cooperation with ECQA, the European Certification and Qualification Association, where we develop so many important new certificates and trainings in fields like software process innovation, terminology, accessibility, and sustainability. Our growing accessibility cluster of new job roles in the Language Industry, such as Live Text Subtitler, Easy-to-Read Validator, Digital Accessibility Professional, etc., is most appreciated and supported by the ECQA Board: I am grateful for the collaboration and friendship with Richard Messnarz, Michael Reiner and Andreas Riel, the driving forces of ECQA.

ECQA gives terminology and accessibility professionals a platform of visibility at the EuroSPI annual conferences, where experts in Software Process Improvement and Innovations meet, and where terminology experts give their keynotes.

I am grateful for all those colleagues who registered for ECQA Certified Online Courses to qualify as ECQA Certified Terminology Managers. They are committed to quality through terminology. Before sitting the written exam, they present their wonderful projects at the oral exams. It is a pleasure to see their progress, and to support them on their way to highly qualified terminology professionals.

I am grateful for pioneers of positive change in our industry, such as Lola Bendana, who invited me to lecture at her 2020 annual conference in December online, with a topic we both are fascinated about: How to flourish in business and in life.

Lola Bendana, Canada

And at a personal level, I am deeply grateful that I could care for my dying father, and guide him through his last night, being with him in the hospital until his gentle terminal breath. Only a few days later, this would have been impossible due to the first Covid-19 lockdown in Austria.

Franz Sauberer 24.10.1932 – 06.03.2020

    8 replies to "Looking back in gratitude to 2020"

    • Karl Pfeiffer

      Liebe Gabrielle,
      Thank you for this encouraging and touching review of the past year. Fortunately, so many events can be seen in softer tones in the rearview mirror.
      And sincere condolences on the passing of your father. Indeed, being close to him during his last days and hours was a gift that COVID could not take away from you.
      All the best to you and the entire TermNet community for a healthy and successful new year 2021!

    • Mamokhele Mokhele

      Dear Gabriele,

      Thank you for your continued inspiration through your shared communication. It is interesting to hear the successes made in our language profession, particularly the summer school which I have sadly missed, I wonder how? The online platform is really much more accessible and convenient under the circumstances. So sorry about your father’s departing, loosing a life long family member is never easy to bear with.

      Looking forward to joining the community on the online platforms.

      Season greetings

    • Stine Jensen

      Thank you Gabriele, I enjoy every coaching with you.

    • Jozef

      Thank you very much for all your efforts, Gabriele!

      May I just express my little wish: Please, stay healthy, safe and in a positive spirit!

      All the best in 2021!


    • Elpida LOUPAKI

      Dear Gabriele,
      Thank you so much for this inspiring and positive post!
      It’ s nice to know that TermNet has engaged all these new projects.
      Wishing you all the best this holiday season and hope to see you soon!
      Best regards

    • Patricia Brenes

      Thank you for this lovely and inspiring message. It was an honor to be part of the Terminology Coaching Group. It was a challenging year for all of us, but we can only hope that 2021 will bring hope and better times. Thank you!

    • Roxanne Powell

      Dear Gabriele,
      Thank you for an inspiring look back on 2020, and a very moving account of your father’s passing away. My heartfelt condolences go to you — if a little late.
      As a member of the language industry, it was also my experience that lockdowns and other restrictions had little to no impact. If anything, I’ve had more copy-editing and translating work this year!
      Season’s greetings to the TermNet team, and wishing you all the best in 2021!

    • Hendrik Kockaert

      Dear Gabriele
      Thank you for all your gratitude towards so many people. You forgot one important TermNet member who deserves a huge word of gratitude: Gabriele! You ushered TermNet through a bizarre year as a captain, proud to steer an amazing ship. Thank you and let us enjoy the exit of 2020 and the open door (Janus) to 2021.

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