Martin Forstner

Bionote of Prof. Martin Forstner






Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Martin  FORSTNER


Date of Birth:   August 23rd, 1940, Nuremberg ( Germany )


Work Address: University of Mainz ( Germany )

                          Fachbereich Translations-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft

                          D- 76711 Germersheim



1960-1968  Oriental Languages, African Languages


1968            PhD


1975            Habilitation: Islamic Studies


Director, Institute of Intercultural Communication / Arabic ( University of Mainz )


1992            Vice-president of  CIUTI (Conférence  Internationale des Instituts Universitaires

                    de Traducteurset Interprètes / International Conference of University Institutes of

                    Translation and Interpreting Studies)


1996-2006   President of CIUTI


2006-2015   Secretary General of CIUTI



Publications on translation studies


  • Forstner, Martin / Lee-Jahnke, Hannelore / Schmitt, Peter A. (eds.) (2009): CIUTI-FORUM 2008. Enhancing Translation Quality: Ways, Means, Methods. Bern : Peter Lang.


  • Forstner, Martin / Lee-Jahnke, Hannelore (eds) (2011): CIUTI-Forum. New Needs, Translators & Programs. On the Translational Tasks of the United Nations. Bern : Peter Lang.


  • Forstner, Martin / Lee-Jahnke, Hannelore / Wang, Lidi (eds.) (2011): CIUTI-Forum 2009. Translating the Future: Beyond today’s academic & professional challenges. Bern : Peter Lang.


  • Forstner, Martin / Lee-Jahnke, Hannelore (eds.) (2011): CIUTI-FORUM 2010. Global Governance and Intercultural Dialogue: Translation and Interpreting in a New Geopolitical Setting. Bern : Peter Lang.


  • Forstner, Martin / Lee-Jahnke, Hannelore (eds) (2013): CIUTI FORUM 2012. Translators and Interpreters as Key Actors in Global Networking. Bern : Peter Lang.


  • Forstner, Martin / Lee-Jahnke, Hannelore (eds.): CIUTI-Forum 2012. Translators and interpreters as key actors in global networking. Bern 2013: Peter Lang.


  • Forstner, Martin / Garbovsky, Nikolay /  Lee-Jahnke, Hannelore (eds): CIUTI-Forum 2013. Facing the World’s New Challenges. The Role of T & I in Providing Integrated Efficient and Sustainable Solutions. Bern 2014: Peter Lang.


  • Forstner, Martin / Lee-Jahnke, Hannelore / Chai, Mingjiong (eds): CIUTI-Forum 2014. Pooling Academic Excellence with Entrepreneurship for New Partnerships. Bern 2015: Peter Lang.




Plenary Speech by Prof. Martin Forstner


Title: WITTA between globalization and localization: New opportunities and new kinds of partnerships


Abstract: Internationalization of studying programs and sustainable development of higher education are key themes that also concern the training of translators, interpreters and other language service providers, which means that we and our students have to acquire a global mentality. At the same time we must convince the market that translation services are and will continue to be of paramount importance for global development, where they become increasingly important as a bridge for economic and cultural exchanges.


This offers new opportunities for us, but also demands new partnerships with specific forms of cooperation because our training institutions are very heterogeneous. There is an increasingly diverse demand from a broad spectrum of students for high quality not only in their translation education, but also in their additional majors like political theory,international law and global governance, multilateral diplomacy and foreign affairs,international organizations, international finance and economic development strategies. WITTA as an international umbrella organization will support this by offering a platform for knowledge exchange and networking between all stakeholders and thus contribute actively to the necessary dialogue between cultures even in difficult geopolitical situations. Therefore we must not be bound to any traditionally or ideologically preconceived positions in T&I training and research, on the contrary, we must be open to adapt ourselves to changed conditions and to adopt all kinds of training methods practiced worldwide.


Not only propagating but also practicing new forms of cooperation in the field of T&I training will make WITTA a global player in an increasingly transnational environment by attracting members from all parts of the world irrespective of their political systems. In doing so, this new association should strive at becoming an autonomous transnational Think Tank that generates policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues in the field of T&I training.