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.

Southern Area Group Meeting – 13 October 2015

This meeting will be to share experiences of what happened at TCUK15 Glasgow and to discuss as a group what happens after you’ve finished a project and how you prepare for the next one. For example:
– Source Control best practices and Source Tool Policies – Does your company have a policy? Have you found that you have had to create one?
– Do you have to “prepare” files for another project? If so, what do you do?
– What happens after a Help File or PDF is published? What do you do next? Do you survey your customers, use an analytics tool or both?
When: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

Where: The Royal Oak Pub – Royal Oak Passage Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9AU GB

Click here to register  your place.

ISTC East Scotland group meeting: 17th September | Edinburgh

The next meeting of the ISTC East Scotland group will be on Thursday the 17th September at 6:30pm in the The Kenilworth on Rose Street, Edinburgh,

We are trying out a new format for the meetings that we hope will provide a better learning opportunity for all those who attend. 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:

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 Area Group Meeting #4 – 9th September 2015

The next meeting is to be held at The George Inn, Bristol from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  Please click here for details of the venue.

General topic chosen for the next meeting = Value.
Let’s share some thoughts on:
• How do we add value?
• How can we show that we add value, and what metrics can we use?
• How can we recognise what decision makers care about, and then how do we join our value to these things?
• What practical steps can we take to turn a technical publications department from a cost centre to a profit centre?
If you would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite using this link

TCUK 2015 Residential bookings deadline

We are only able to offer residential bookings with guaranteed accommodation at the conference hotel until Friday 7 August 2015, so get your booking in today! This includes bookings for our full residential package, and bookings for individual or additional accommodation at the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, Glasgow. The full residential package includes three full days of the TCUK conference (tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) with two nights accommodation (Tuesday night and Wednesday night) at the conference hotel.

The full residential package is really great value for money and is only £665 for members and £815 for non members.

After 7 August, we will still be accepting online bookings for day delegates (without accommodation), at £205 per day for members and £270 per day for non members.

Some accommodation at the conference hotel may still be available after August 7th. Please call the conference office if you’d like to find out about what’s available (call 020 8253 4506 during UK office hours Mon-Fri 09:00 – 16:00).

Book your place now using our online Booking Form.

ISTC London – Group Visit to St Bride Unveiled Exhibition

The St Bride Foundation, just off Fleet Street was established in 1891 as the social and educational hub of the printing and publishing industries

Its unparalleled library of artefacts and books now plays an important role in illustrating the history of print and graphic design, as well as the history of our culture in general. This collection has not been on public view in the same room before.

The St Bride Unveiled exhibition offers an exclusive opportunity to see highlights from their collection, ranging from the Book of the Dead to the typography of 20th Century signage, and should be fascinating for anyone with an interest in the history and development of the printed word.

Members of the ISTC London Group are planning a group visit to this exhibition, on Thursday 13th August, 2015. We will of course stop for a drink afterwards!

Please book a free ticket to reserve your place.

Please note the visit is self-directed. We will meet at the entrance to the St Bride Foundation at 19:00.

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