The twenty papers in this volume, most of which were originally presented during an international conference at Forlì in November 2000, examine the field of Interpreting Studies from three main perspectives: research, training and profession. With contributions from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Russia, the collection brings together the work of scholars from different schools and culture. Their interests and approaches are varied, covering a broad range of topics and affording insight into the diversification of interpreting in recent years. Conference interpreting (simultaneous and consecutive), public service interpreting, court interpreting and media interpreting are all examined, with emphasis not only on the different settings within which the interpreter works, but also on how attendant training needs, can be identified and addressed. Some papers present empirical studies, both observational and experimental, while others examine such major issues as curriculum design, quality standards and neutrality in community interpreting. The resulting overall picture of Interpreting Studies is one of intense commitment to research, irrespective of school or approach, testifying to the emergence of an increasingly multidisciplinary orientation and of a multiplication of paradigms and theoretical frameworks.