What is the European Academic Colloquium on Technical Communication Studies?

The European Academic Colloquium is an annual event that focuses on scientific contents with respect to technical communication.

It is targeted at members of the European scientific community who are teaching and doing research in the area of technical communication or related fields, such as translation, multilingual communication, localization, terminology, information management.

A rather small, but focused audience of participants from different European countries allows for a lively and diverse discussion and knowledge exchange.

The Colloquium and TecCOMFrame

For the first time in 2016, the Colloquium was integrated into the Erasmus+ project TecCOMFrame. The project team would like to reach out to many more stakeholders who would be interested to get involved. That is why the European Academic Colloquium shall serve as a multiplier event, gathering opinions and experiences from academics throughout Europe.

When does the next Colloquium take place?

The next European Academic Colloquium takes place in Ireland on April 26-27, 2018.

What is the purpose?

tekom Europe aims at connecting European scholars in Technical Communication studies and related fields. As a professional association for Technical Communication we strongly emphasize education and training as an important area of activity. Therefore the project TecCOMFrame has been initiated. The Colloquium serves two major purposes:

  • Supporting Scientific Research: The European Academic Colloquium focuses on the scientific contents with respect to technical communication and related fields. Researchers and teachers are invited to share their scientific knowledge and research (outcomes) with each other.
  • Enabling Knowledge Exchange: The European Academic Colloquium serves as a platform for scholars to discuss about curricula, study programs, mobility of scholars, students exchange, co-operation within universities, and so on.

What is the content?

The program usually consists of two parts, the morning and afternoon session. For the program and further details on the EAC 2017 click here

The morning session is reserved for presentations on scientific contents with respect to technical communication and related fields. This includes project reports, educational articles, empirical results of research and scientific discussions.

The afternoon session is dedicated to the further development of higher education for Technical Communication in Europe. A member of the project consortium will present the current results of the TecCOMFrame project. The presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion.

Why participate?

The European Academic Colloquium focuses on the scientific contents with respect to technical communication and related fields. Researchers and teachers are invited to share their scientific knowledge and research (outcomes) with each other. Thus, the Colloquium not only offers a chance to gain new insights into this exciting interdisciplinary research field, but also provides the opportunity to build and strengthen the relationship between scholars across Europe. The format of the event enables the participants to exchange knowledge, share opinions and contribute. Ideally, they will be taking home fresh ideas for further research or international project cooperations.

Participants who submit a paper and are accepted will find their article published in the European scientific journal "Proceedings of the European Colloquium on Technical Communication". 

How to participate?

The next edition of the European Academic Colloquium probably takes place on April 26-27, 2018, in Ireland. The Call for Papers will start in autumn 2017.

If you would like to come as an attendee without giving a presentation, the registration will open early in 2018. 

Format

The format of the event is a colloquium since we would like to enable the exchange and interactive discussion between the participants. Therefore we have limited the presentation time for each speaker to 15 - 20 minutes, allowing for lively discussions following the presentation. We want to encourage the exchange of knowledge and current developments among the participants and provide them the opportunity to build up a European network.

Who are the organizers?

The colloquium is organized by tekom Europe, Europe's largest professional association for technical communication. We have established a review board that is responsible for setting the theme of each colloquium and for selecting and reviewing the presentations and papers. If you are interested to participate in the review board, please send an email to Birgitta Meex, head of the review board.

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