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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.

ISTC East Scotland group meeting: 11th February | Edinburgh

The next meeting of the ISTC East Scotland group will be on Thursday the 11th February at 6:30pm in the The Kenilworth on Rose Street, Edinburgh,

There will be two short talks talks (5-10 mins) each followed by a Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the talks to discuss the topic further.

Topics for this month’s talks

  • Influencing UI design
    Robin Smith (FIS™) will look at how technical authors can (and should) influence user interface design.
  • TC – QI
    Chris Burden (doc-department) looks into the origins of some Quite Interesting technical communications terms.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communications to learn about the latest news and trends in communication, and to meet other communication professionals.

Venue details

The meeting will be in the back room; Go straight through the bar, the room is on the left.


Please register your interest for the event if you intend to attend.

SW England Group Meeting – 10 February 2016

The next meeting will be held at The George Inn, Bristol from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Please head upstairs to “Abbots Retreat”.

The general topic for discussion this time is ‘Technical Review’ (that is, review/approval of content by subject matter experts). Some ideas to get you thinking:

  • What are the main difficulties you experience in this area, and what do you think are the main causes?
  • Have you tried anything unusual that has led to breakthroughs or pitfalls you can share?
  • What methods and tools do you use to track/improve the flow of information?
  • What practical steps can we take to prepare when outsourcing/off-shoring/globalisation/etcetera threaten existing processes?

All are welcome and if you would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite so we can anticipate numbers.

Thames Valley Group Meeting – 2nd February 2016

The next meeting of the Thames Valley group will be held on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at 19.30 at The Bird in Hand Country Inn, Knowl Hill. The meeting will be discussing regional dialects. People can find the nearest village to the place of their birth on this website: http://sounds.bl.uk/Accents-and-dialects/Survey-of-English-dialects

All are welcome – you don’t need to be an ISTC member. If you would like to attend, please register here via Eventbrite.

Thames Valley group meeting – 5th January 2016

The next meeting of the Thames Valley group will be held on Tuesday 5th January 2016 at 19.30 at The Plowden Arms, Shiplake, Henley on Thames. The meeting will be looking at CVs and if you would like to attend please register your interest via Eventbrite here.

All are welcome and you don’t need to be an ISTC member.

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