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8th Media for All Conference, Stockholm- Xi Wang

SPaRK Researcher Xi Wang recently attended 8th Media for All conference– Complex Understandings on June 17–19 in Stockholm. Read her account here.

It was a great pleasure to be invited to present my paper at 8th Media for All conference– Complex Understandings on June 17–19 this year ( The conference was held at the beautiful campus of Stockholm University in the urban national park at Frescati. 

Approximately 400 participants attended this huge international conference and we were warmly welcomed to a reception at the City Hall (Stadshuset) which perhaps is most famous for hosting the Nobel Prize Banquet every year.

I presented my paper- Investigating New Technologies to Improve Accessibility and Visitor Experience- at the first day of the conference and received helpful advice from the audience.

This conference is a leading conference in my field, and it provided a vivid platform and atmosphere for me as a new researcher to network, exchange ideas and I learnt from the leading figures and experts of Audio-visual translation. From here, I met one of my most admired experts, Louise Fryer, who I first knew by reading her papers and books and she sent me helpful reading materials when I returned to Belfast!

Some leading media accessibility (MA) industry partners such as Netflix also attended this conference, from talking to them, I understood the current needs of MA from a new point of view.

The first Swedish word I learnt was “Fika”. “Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.”

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