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Welcome to the ISTC website

The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators is the largest UK body representing information development professionals. Its members create or manage information that has an impact on people. This includes creating user guides, manuals, installation instructions, operating and safety procedures, business processes, training materials and software user assistance.

We encourage professional development, training courses in technical communication, standards, research resources and networking opportunities for our members and industry affiliates. The ISTC also promotes the value of technical communication and the profession.

West of Scotland Meeting, Glasgow – 10 March 2015

The next ISTC meeting will take place on Tuesday 10 March 2015, from 7.30 onwards at Waxy O’Connors Pub (Library area), 44 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1DH.   Come along to talk about latest news and trends in communication or just to meet other communication professionals.  The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communication.  If you would like to attend, please register your interest via Eventbrite

TCUK 2015 Call for Proposals

The Technical Communication UK 2015 conference takes place at The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre in Glasgow, 29th September – 1st October 2015. The Call for Proposals is now open and runs until 3rd April 2015. We welcome proposals of general interest to technical communicators and also proposals related to our special focus.

This year’s special focus is Breaking the Boundaries of Technical Communication. One of the exciting aspects of technical communication is its changing nature. Assumptions are being challenged and boundaries are being broken as technical communicators meet the needs of users today.

For example:

  • What is, and isn’t, seen as technical communication?
  • Is there life beyond writing manuals?
  • What new innovations are emerging in technical communication?
  • Can we move beyond instructions?
  • What talents and skills can a technical communicator bring to other fields? Is a hybrid career possible, and if so, what does it look like?
  • How can we change the way in which we work when we create content?
  • What benefit is there in straddling two fields?
  • What happens to those who keep to the traditional path?

We also welcome proposals on any topic that you feel will be of interest to technical communication professionals. Delegates at previous conferences have expressed interest in presentations on a wide variety of topics.

There are full details of how to submit your proposal as well as advice on how to create a proposal on the TCUK website.

Website navigation update

Please bear with us, we are currently reworking the site navigation to make it easier for you to find what you need. Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback so far, hopefully I’ll be able to catch most of the broken links but please contact me if you find any: webmaster@istc.org.uk

Update: All done for now.

ISTC London Group – Gamification: The New Black, with Galyna Key, 5th March 2015

The ISTC London Group invites you to meet with Galyna Key to learn about Gamification: The New Black! on Thursday 5th March 2015 at 18:30.

In this presentation Galyna will talk about what gamification is and why this idea is so popular right now. She’ll explain why technical communicators should be interested in gamification, how to start thinking like a game designer, and what are the core game elements you should include in your design toolbox.

We’re meeting once again at The London Canal Museum, which is 5 minutes walk from King’s Cross rail and underground station (directions). Free tea and coffee will be available (and we’ll probably all head out for a drink afterwards!) There is no charge for this meeting but space is limited, so please book early to reserve your place.

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