ISITLab: where experimentation meets innovation
ISITLab is Europe’s reference in intercultural research. ISITLab owes its benchmark status to its facilities and work spaces that have been accessible since fall 2015.
- Lecture halls and conference rooms with interpreting booths and video-transmission systems
- A 150m² innovation laboratory
- Meeting rooms and work spaces for videoconferencing
- Audio and visual sensors, computers for processing data in multiple languages
The innovation laboratory has many functions:
- Simulating multicultural team-management situations
- Audio and video recording to analyze speech and posture, but also to identify bias linked to language as well as to differences in culture, professions, countries, and generations
- Innovation and co-design workshops
- Research workshops on collective intelligence
- Research training
Applied research and training
Research forms the core of an ISIT education. The school prides itself on being able to offer a progressive approach to studies, meaning students acquire the key skills to appropriate scientific methodology from day one.
Students are able to complete applied research projects as part of the Master’s program. Such projects are completed under the supervision of an ISIT research professor. Applied research projects offer companies:
- A fresh or additional take on an intercultural issue
- Recommendations for intercultural strategies in terms of sales, marketing, communication and/or human resources
- Development of multilingual communication tools and multimedia
A few examples of past student projects:
- Analysis of uniqueness and diversity of messages on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility in different cultural settings
- Fundraising strategy for an NGO
- Digitalization strategy for press relations in the communication department of a large company
- Reputation analysis in China and the United States and development of a communications strategy
- Business plan proposal for small business development
- Creation of terminology and multilingual reference database
- Establishment of an “excellence model” for professional translation in international organizations
Unique research holdings
The ISIT library has a unique research collection specializing in intercultural and multilingual studies.
Publications: “Le Bulletin du CRATIL”
In publication since 2008, “Le Bulletin du CRATIL” brings together work by French and international researchers on the subjects of translation, interpeting, multilingual communication and intercultural management. The Bulletin examines these subjects their economic, political and social impacts. Close collaboration between researchers from different backgrounds results in a cross study, multidisciplinary approach to research on languages and countries, in addition to professions and generations.
ISIT is involved in several innovative European research projects. Through these projects,the school continually updates its teaching methods and expands its curricula.
- AGORA/Transnational placement scheme for translation students (DG Education and Culture)
- CO-Minor-IN/QUEST 2/Interpreting for minors in legal proceedings
- Jean Monnet (DG Education and Culture)/Intercultural legal communication training for lawyers, judges, magistrates and European legal professionals
- ORCIT (DG SCIC and DG Inter, European Parliament and Comission)
- Conference interpreters’ careers: assessing the legitimation process of career changes in collaboration with Université de Créteil, France & IGS-RH
- IMPLI/Improving police and legal interpreting (DG Justice): Read the final report and watch the videos.
- CO-MINOR 1/Interpreting for minors in legal proceedings (DG Justice)
- QUALETRA 1/Quality for legal translation (DG Justice)
- Optimale (DG Education and Culture)
- PICT/Promoting intercultural competences in translators (DG Education and Culture)
- TRANSCERT/Voluntary certification for translators (DG Education and Culture)
- CONNECTING CONFERENCE INTERPRETING TRAINERS / On integrating new technologies into interpreting training courses (DG Interpretation – European Parliament)
– Read the report and its appendixes (in French)