By way of introduction

mimosa nuevaI’m Silvia Palà and I’ve been a conference interpreter since 1992. My first job was none other than during the Olympic Games of Barcelona. I was proud to participate from a professional point of view, since I was able to practice two of the things I feel passionately about, sports and my pleasurable interpreting profession.

During the early years I wanted to be each and every one of the professions that I participated in from the perspective of the interpreting booth. Thus, after being impregnated by the enthusiasm of the sportsmen that represented us and dreaming of being an Olympian in sailing dinghies, a new day saw me come home with my mind made up to become the best coach ever… A respected child surgeon… The most efficient orthodontist… The acclaimed director of a Publishing house… A manufacturer of stair lifts… An haute couture model… The driver of a new metro line… An actress… A sculptor… A nurse… Chairperson of the board.

Soon I realised it would be impossible for me to be a master of all and I decided to go with the flow and enjoy putting a voice to all those persons I had the privilege to interpret and of whom I was able to take a little bit home with me. Because I must admit that every single client of mine leaves something of themselves in me.
Till recently I did not feel the need to be present on the web. Word of mouth works wonderfully well. All the same it is undeniable that we live in a technological era and we have to be there, connected. And having my own personal blog where I can tell you about some of the things that I do is something I find enormously attractive.

Each year the mimosa I see from my window reinvents itself to offer me all of its splendour. It announces the arrival of spring. It is such an ephemeral plant that you can enjoy but fervidly its intense yellow flowers with their heady aroma that lasts for only a few days of relative quiet in my profession. So I make good the time to read, cook, enjoy my family and my friends and build up my reserves for the coming season.

On-line interpreting for French Director Eric Lavaine, Knock, Knoc, it´s mom!

Starring two-time César winner Josiane Balasko (“The Hedgehog”), three-time César nominee Mathilde Seigner (“A Summer in Ibiza”) and Jérôme Commandeur (“Welcome to the North”), Jacqueline is delighted to have to spend “a few days” with her eldest daughter Carole and her son-in-law, both in couple’s therapy. These “a few days” turn into “a few months” and Jacqueline quickly feels at home; she prepares dinners, hogs the TV, rearranges the kitchen… Mum is here and no one knows for how long!

On-line interpreting during the Linguapax 2021 International Award Ceremony

Linguapax International is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the appreciation and protection of linguistic diversity worldwide.

Linguapax, was originally created as a UNESCO programme in 1987. It is now an independent NGO headquartered in Barcelona since 2001. It has the support of public and private institutions of Catalonia and operates as an international network with three objectives:

  • Promotion, coordination and dissemination of research in the field of sociolinguistics through collaboration between academics, experts, government officials and international educators, journalists and activists of language rights.
  • Advice and support to ideological, political and legislative processes encouraging the protection of linguistic diversity and programs aimed at improving or revitalising specific linguistic communities.
  • Development of a multilingual education including local languages​​, national languages ​​and international languages ​​through teacher training initiatives, renewal of guidelines and teaching methods and creation of learning materials.

The Linguapax Award is a recognition of actions carried out in different fields in favour of the preservation of linguistic diversity, revitalization and reactivation of linguistic communities and the promotion of multilingualism.


On-line interpreting during the International Roche Infectious Diseases Symposium

The International Roche Infectious Diseases Symposium (IRIDS) is an infectious diseases (ID) conference sponsored by Roche Diagnostics.

This biennial symposium, which this year lasted for three days, provides a forum for world-renowned academics and clinicians to share their knowledge, debate and discuss the most current and emerging issues in infectious disease (ID) management and diagnostics.

Within this intimate collegial environment, Roche hopes that the exchange of knowledge and opinions fostered at IRIDS will help support new discoveries to overcome challenges in the ever-changing field of ID.

On-line interpreting during the international meeting of GoodElectronics

The GoodElectronics network brings together networks, organisations and individuals that are concerned about human rights and sustainability issues in the global electronics supply chain. Members include trade unions, grassroots organisations, campaigning and research organisations, academia and activists. GoodElectronics and its members are not-for-profit only.

The GoodElectronics network has a vision of a global electronics industry characterised by adherence to the highest international human rights and sustainability standards. Labour rights and environmental norms are protected and respected throughout the entire production cycle, from the mining of minerals used in electronics products, to the manufacturing phase, and the recycling and disposal of electronics waste, both on the level of companies’ own operations and in the value chain.

In January 2014, the GoodElectronics network began a five-year programme funded by the European Union. The objective of the programme is to contribute to an electronics industry characterised by compliance with the highest international human rights and sustainability standards, where labour rights and environmental norms are respected throughout the entire production cycle.

This cycle includes everything from the mining of minerals to manufacturing of electronics devices to the recycling and disposal of electronics waste.

The programme aims for three results:

  1. Civil society organisations, including trade unions, are informed, supported and capacitated to play their role as a countervailing power in the electronics sector in order to empower precarious workers and address corporate abuse, both on the local and international levels.
  2. Mature industrial relations involving trade unions and electronics companies have been established on both global and national levels.
  3. Meaningful engagement between civil society and electronics companies and other relevant actors along the global electronics supply chain has developed.