February 10, 2022
2021 AIIC Research Grant Winner
Research Group

Following the comprehensive evaluation of 13 competitive applications received, and taking into consideration both the scientific quality and the relevance of each project for the profession, we are pleased to announce that the AIIC 2021 Research Grant has been awarded to Professor Heidi Salaets and Professor Geert Brône from KU Leuven, for their project: ”Working at a distance from everybody”: impact on cognitive load and wellbeing of conference interpreters working with Video-based Interpreting Platforms.

The aim of the proposed project is to explore, from the perspective of professional interpreters, the social and cognitive impact of working with state-of-the-art interpreting technology during remote simultaneous interpreting.

To consider cognitive load and ergonomics in RSI, the researchers will design two pilot studies: the first one will investigate how the use of VIPs enhances the wellbeing of interpreters during remote, individual and solitary work; the second will use eye-tracking technology to examine the impact of working in a ‘home booth’ with multiple screens on cognitive load.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to the other applicants for their interest in the AIIC research grant.

The call for the 2022 AIIC research grant will be published in May 2022.