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.
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.
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 takes place on April 26-27, 2018, in Limerick (Ireland). The Call for Papers started in November 2017. If you would like to come as an attendee without giving a presentation, the registration will open early in 2018.
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 organziers?
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 research papers to the sixth edition of the European Academic Colloquium on Technical Communication Studies that will take place in Limerick (Ireland) on April 26-27, 2018.
Continuing the successful mission of previous editions of the European Academic Colloquium (EAC), the sixth EAC aims to bring together scholars and practitioners who share a common interest in the interdisciplinary field of technical communication. The EAC 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.
On the second day of the event, we will have a look at current programs, best practices, and the potential for joint projects and future collaborations.
Our theme for 2018
A specific topic of interest of the upcoming conference is 21st Century Skills for Technical Communicators.
Who are we looking for?
The European Academic Colloquium is an annual event that focuses on scientific contributions with respect to technical communication. It is organized by tekom Europe and 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.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for project reports, educational articles, empirical research results and scholarly discussions on all the topics related to technical communication or similar research areas.
What are the benefits for you?
- Your paper will appear in the European academic journal “Proceedings of the European Colloquium on Technical Communication Studies,” published by Europe’s largest professional association for technical communication
- You get the chance to present the most important outcomes of your research at the Colloquium
- You will meet other researchers and scholars from various European countries
- tekom Europe will support your travel expenses with a fixed amount of 200.00 Euro per presentation (this sum does not change if you present with a co-speaker).
Please note: Admission to the Colloquium is free of charge. tekom Europe does not pay an honorarium or any further travel expenses (above the fixed amount of 200.00 Euro/presentation) to its speakers.
What do we need from you?
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: Monday, January 15, 2018.
Email for submission: eac(at)tekom.eu
Who will select the papers?
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 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.
The focus topic for the EAC 2018 is 21st Century Skills for Technical Communicators. The new program will be published in February 2018 after the selection of papers.
A specific topic of interest at the EAC 2017 was Content Strategy. The review board therefore chose the following contributions, which take a research perspective on how to create and maintain content that is smart, useful and usable.
Laura Gonzales, The University of Texas at El Paso (USA)
Connecting Technical Communication and Translation Courses: A Path to Successful Content Strategy
Marie Girard, Paris Diderot University (France)
The Nature of Content: An Organic Approach to Content Strategy
Michael Meng, Merseburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
The Effect of Visual Signaling in Screenshots: An Eye Tracking Study
Izabela Mrochen, University of Silesia (Poland)
To See or Not to See, to Hear or Not to Hear - Accessibility and Usability in Localization
Kirk St.Amant, Louisiana Tech University and University of Limerick (USA & Ireland)
Scripting the Context of Content Strategy: A Script-Theory Approach to User-Centered Design in Content Strategy
Caiwen Wang, University of Westminster (United Kingdom)
Translation Strategies for Cultural Contents of Scientific and Technical Texts
Sonia Vandepitte, Ghent University (Belgium)
Connecting Technical Communication and Translation Courses: A Path to Successful Content Strategy
Proceedings of the European Colloquium on Technical Communication
The "Proceedings of the European Academic Colloquium on Technical Communication” are a European scientific journal for technical communication. They are released annually 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.
Volume 5, Issue 2017
ISBN 978-3-944449-58-6 (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-944449-72-2 (E-Book PDF)
Volume 4, Issue 2016
ISBN 978-3-944449-78-4 (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-944449-46-3 (E-Book PDF)
Volume 3, Issue 2015
ISBN 978-3-944449-44-9 (Softcover & E-Book PDF)
Volume 2, Issue 2014
ISBN 978-3-944449-43-2 (Softcover & E-Book PDF)
Volume 1, Issue 2013
ISBN 978-3-944449-42-5 (Softcover & E-Book PDF)
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.
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