Principal Investigator

Zoe Moores (University of Roehampton)


Pablo Romero-Fresco (University of Vigo, GALMA)
Lucile Desblache (University of Roehampton)

Funding body



The Respeaking at Live Events doctoral research project (2015-2020) explored how professional television respeakers could transfer their skills and adapt to working in the new environment of the live event setting. Prior to the start of this project, the use of respeaking (live subtitling using speech recognition) in the UK had largely been limited to television, in part due to the many misconceptions surrounding its production.


The aim of this project was to investigate how respeaking could be introduced to complement current access provision at unscripted or partially scripted events, including public talks, presentations, museum tours, discussion and Q&A.

The project involved close collaboration with respeakers, venues, speakers and audience members, so that any recommendations would reflect the needs and expectations of all involved in the service and allow the respeaking to be integrated as fully as possible within the event as a whole. Focus group interviews and questionnaires were used to establish the needs and expectations of each of the key groups at the start of the study and an action research methodology was used to develop a training course for respeakers. The respeaking was tested in action at eight research events and as many different scenarios as possible were included to ensure that our findings could be applied to different event settings. At the end of each event, feedback on the respeaking and general access was sought from all involved through a large reception study, which helped us further refine the training programme, equipment and technical set-up and procedures followed at subsequent events.

This allowed us to create various resources for using respeaking to make live events more accessible, including training information for respeakers and presenters, and guidelines for using respeaking at live events.

We will gradually be adding more resources to this page, and you can complete the short form below to receive more resources as they become available.

  • Respeaking at Live Events – Information for Speakers

Respeaking at Live Events - Information for Speakers_April_2020

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