It is that time of the year again. No, I am not talking about Christmas or New Year. Although I admit, we at TermNet tend to measure the year by TSS. Yes, exactly as I say! Our annual International Terminology Summer School (a.k.a. TSS) in July for us marks the end of one year and the beginning of a new one.
It is felt by the growing excitement of everybody involved, the last adjustments and preparations, the frantic worries that despite all careful preparation something unforeseen might happen that threatens the smooth running. And then there is the anticipation of meeting all the lovely participants (we always feel like we know them already a bit from all the correspondence over the last months and weeks).
This year our TSS enters her 30th year. But admittedly, our annals are a bit patchy, especially when it comes to records of all the earliest Summer Schools some time in the 1980s. So it is give or take a year or two when there was no TSS inbetween. We don’t remember. We don’t really care either.
Let us assume it is indeed 30 years. Wow! Don’t you think? 30 years of training terminologists and related professions is a long time. Some of our recent participants were perhaps not even born then, although it is quite safe to assume that the majority were already :-).
TSS has changed a lot over these years. But, I also dare say it has become even prettier with growing age. She has certainly become more popular as the ever increasing numbers of registrations prove. Some of those who met her once seem not to get enough of her and come back for more. It is nice. Feels a bit like family most of the time. A growing happy diverse amazing family.
And such are the vibes during that special week in July. It is all learning and fun and the spirit of brotherhood across cultures, professions, backgrounds, languages and ages. Another reason why we call it “the time of the year”. It is a special time and hard to describe if you haven’t been there and part of it yet.
And so we look forward to the week from 15-19 July, and we wrap up the final preps and corrections, and we get ready to respond to all the inevitable smaller and (hopefully not!) bigger last minute catastrophes ahead of TSS 2013 in Cologne.
And when all that can be done is done and all last minute correspondence is sent all that is left to do is to hope for the weather to play along as well!
We look forward to meeting you there. This year or maybe the next. But do make sure you do not miss out!
Anja and Blanca on behalf of the entire team
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