The European Academic Colloquium focuses on scientific contents with respect to technical communication and knowledge exchange between scholars across Europe. 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
From 2016 to 2018, the colloquium was integrated into the Erasmus+ project TecCOMFrame and served as a multiplier event to disseminate the project results as well as gain feedback about the work in progress. Also in the future the colloquium will help us to ensure that the project results, such as the academic framework and prototype curricula, will be further discussed, adjusted and used by the community.

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. The Colloquium serves two major purposes:

  • Supporting Scientific Research: The European Academic Colloquium focuses on 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.
  • Additionally, the colloquium has opened up to industry representatives in the past few years and brings together practicioners and scholars to mutually benefit from each others knowledge and experience.

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.

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.

We cordially invite you to submit your proposal for the seventh edition of the European Academic Colloquium on Technical Communication Studies in Twente (Netherlands) on May 8, 2020.

Continuing the successful mission of previous editions of the European Academic Colloquium (EAC), the next EAC aims to bring together scholars and practitioners who share a common interest in the interdisciplinary field of technical communication. The colloquium provides an international platform for you to present project reports, educational articles, empirical results of research projects and scholarly discussions on all topics related to technical communication and associated research areas.


Our theme for 2020

A specific topic of interest of the upcoming colloquium is Digitalization in Technical Communication. 


What are we looking for?

The European Academic Colloquium is targeted at members of the European academic community who teach and carry out research in the area of technical communication and related fields, such as translation, multilingual communication, localization, terminology, or information management. 

We are looking for project reports, educational articles, empirical research results and scholarly discussions from the research areas specified above.


What are the benefits for you?

  • You get the chance to present the most important outcomes of your research to your peers
  • You will meet other researchers and scholars from various countries
  • tekom Europe will support your travel expenses with a fixed amount of 200.00 Euro per presentation.
  • Optional: if you intend to publish a paper on the topic of your presentation, you can apply for the tekom Europe Year Book, an annual publication that is distributed to all members of tekom Europe


How can you apply?

Abstract, bio and picture: To apply as a speaker at the colloquium, please send us an abstract of your paper (up to 500 words). All selected papers will be announced on the conference website with a pitch (no more than 200 words), a bio (up to 100 words) and a picture of you. Please make sure not to include your personal details on the abstract itself, as we are selecting papers through an anonymous review process.


Language: All abstracts must be in English.
Deadline for submission: January 31, 2020
Email for submission: eac(at)


Who will select the papers?
The review board is responsible for reviewing and selecting the papers. We have established an anonymous review process. The proposals will be collected at the tekom Europe head office. Only the abstract will be forwarded to the review board. Please make sure not to include any personal details in the abstract.



21st Century Skills for Technical Communication

The sixth European Academic Colloquium (EAC) took place on April 26-27 at the University of Limerick in Ireland. For the third time, the Colloquium was integrated into the Erasmus+ project TecCOMFrame.

On the first day of the event, about 50 scholars and practitioners came together to discuss this year's topic, 21st century skills for technical communication. During several presentation slots, professionals from the industry and academia presented their research projects.

The morning session started with an interesting keynote on "Adapting to the Future of Technical Communication" by Rachael Hewetson (SAP, Ireland). This was a good starting point for the day as she showed the industry's perspective on what skills technical writers need in the 21st century. The keynote was followed by a presentation by Dr. Kirk St. Amant (Louisiana Tech University, USA) about cognitive design skills and how to create materials to meet the needs of the 21st century. Afterwards, Professor Sissi Closs (University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe, Germany) and Dr. Jan Engberg (University of Aarhus, Denmark), who are both part of the TecCOMFrame project consortium, gave a presentation on "Flexible Information Models Based on Knowledge Frames and Topic-Based Structuring". Another speaker in the morning session was Christiane Zehrer from Germany, who reported on how to acquire knowledge from subject matter experts with the project compass method. In the last presentation for the morning session, Parthena Charalampidou from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) talked about key competences for website localizers.

After a lunch break, the TecCOMFrame project group presented its project outcomes. Starting with the aims of the project and an overview of the Academic Competence Framework, the methodology of the group and some examples of the prototype curricula they have developed during the last year were presented. The audience showed a lot of interest in the project as the presentation was followed by a good discussion and valuable feedback. Afterwards, four PhD students from the University of Limerick reported on the current status of their PhD projects. Following all presentations, there was time for questions and answers, and it was nice to see that the audience asked a lot of questions after each presentation and that some good discussions were going on.

On the second day of the event, the International HEI Teacher Meeting took place. It was organized as an open space where all participants could bring in their own topics and discuss best practices, the potential for joint projects, and future collaborations between their institutions. First, the whole group brainstormed to come up with topics they wanted to discuss. Afterwards, people were split into three different groups and had about an hour to discuss their topics and present the results to the audience. The first group worked on the problem that many higher education institutions in Europe don't find enough students for their program. Therefore, they discussed the question "How do people learn about TC?" Different channels for how young people inform themselves were discussed, as well as possible keywords they might be searching under. The idea they came up with was to develop a survey to find out how different target groups, such as pupils or students, learn about TC. A survey by tekom coming soon will implement this idea. The survey can function as a basis for improving marketing for the profession to attract more students.

The second group talked about research networks and internationalization. A good idea that came up in this group work was to establish a network on the TecCOMFrame website where teachers can connect and exchange with others. This could be some kind of database where teachers and researchers can register and look for people with the same interests.

The third group talked about possibilities for collaborations between universities. Two HEI teachers who have already established a collaboration via Erasmus+ to exchange with students explained how they did it and what others should consider if they want to do the same. In this context, the possibility of an extended master or a double degree between two different institutions was discussed as well.

After the successful group work and discussions in the morning session, a bus was waiting for the group to take them to the Cliffs of Moher. The weather was beautiful, so the group had time to further exchange and deepen the discussions from the morning session while walking along the Cliffs of Moher and enjoying a stunning view from the cliffs.

Proceedings of the European Colloquium on Technical Communication
The "Proceedings of the European Academic Colloquium on Technical Communication” were released after each edition of the colloquium and are published on the internet and as print on demand. They are comprised of project reports, educational articles, empirical results of research, and scientific discussions on all the topics related to technical communication.

More information

Volume 6, Issue 2018
ISSN 2196-6206
ISBN 978-3-944449-93-7 (softcover)
ISBN 978-3-944449-94-4 (ebook PDF)
118 pages

Download a free version here.

Volume 5, Issue 2017
ISSN 2196-6206
ISBN 978-3-944449-58-6 (softcover)
ISBN 978-3-944449-72-2 (ebook PDF)
93 pages

Download a free version here.

Volume 4, Issue 2016
ISSN 2196-6206
ISBN 978-3-944449-78-4 (softcover)
ISBN 978-3-944449-46-3 (ebook PDF)
137 pages

Download a free version here.

Volume 3, Issue 2015
ISSN 2196-6206
ISBN 978-3-944449-44-9 (softcover & ebook PDF)
96 pages

Volume 2, Issue 2014
ISSN 2196-6206
ISBN 978-3-944449-43-2 (softcover & ebook PDF)
84 pages

Volume 1, Issue 2013
ISSN 2196-6206
ISBN 978-3-944449-42-5 (softcover & ebook PDF)
88 pages

The review board is responsible for setting the theme of the colloquium and for reviewing and selecting the presentations and papers. We have established an anonymous review process. The members of the review board are introduced here.

Dr. Yvonne Cleary

Prof. Sissi Closs

Dr. Joyce Karreman

Prof. Dr. Birgitta Meex

Prof. Dr. Michael Meng