UK Technical Communication Awards – Last Call For Entries (by 30th June)

Last year saw an unprecedented number of UK Technical Communication Awards entries, with the judges also deciding to offer ‘merits’ due to the high standard of the applications. Entries were received from individuals, companies and collaborators from all around the world and from different types of industry. The UKTC Awards organisers are aiming to build on the success of last year’s awards and would urge all technical communicators to enter this year’s UKTC Awards with a deadline of 30th June. Simply send your entry here: https://uktcawards.com/awards/enter/

The purpose of the UK Technical Communication Awards is to recognise the value of clear, concise and effective information relating to scientific or technological products or services. Entries are welcomed from ISTC members, non-members, individuals, companies or students alike. Submissions cost £25 for ISTC members and £40 for non-members per entry. The awards include nine categories split between three classes focussing on communication effectiveness, use of technology and innovative business practices. Results will be published in ISTC publications and websites, including Communicator journal, with awards presented during the Gala Dinner at the Technical Communication UK conference, being held at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre near Cambridge on 14th September 2016.

You might also like to read an article, written by two UKTC Awards judges (President of ISTC, Alison Peck and Cherryleaf Director, Ellis Pratt), giving an insight to the six emerging trends within the Technical Communication Industry, also drawing on trends from last year’s awards submissions: https://uktcawards.com/blog/

MadSIG Meeting, Tuesday 21st June 2016, Ripley, Surrey

MadSIG will meet on Tuesday 21st June 2016 at the offices of 3di in Ripley, Surrey, from 7pm onwards. Coffee and cake will be available and there is a chippy nearby if anyone is interested.

We plan to watch a MadCap webinar “Customize All the Things! Creating a Unique Help Experience Using MadCap Flare” which explains how one company extended Flare’s top-nav functionality to produce a really impressive help site. After the webinar, we’ll eat cake, chat around the topic and learn from each other.

Anyone who uses the MadCap authoring products or is interested in finding out more about them is welcome. You don’t need to be a member of the ISTC, so tell your colleagues!

If you’d like to come, please book your place on EventBrite so we know you’re coming and how much cake to get. Please book here:

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The organiser for this event is Marjorie Jones and she may be contacted by email: MadSIG@istc.org.uk

Communicator and Science

A blog post from Katherine Judge, Commissioning Editor, ISTC Communicator.

The ISTC is the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators. While Communicator normally contains lots of articles on technical communication there’s little if any content related to scientific communication. I’m trying to work on ways to redress the balance.


Thames Valley area group meeting – 7th June 2016

The meeting in June is all about being a contract technical writer. The highs, the lows, and what you need to do to become a contractor.   The meeting will take place at the old venue – The Plowden Arms, Shiplake Cross, Henley-on-Thames from 7.30 pm.

All are welcome and you don’t need to be an ISTC member to attend but please register via Eventbrite here.

The organiser for this event is Darren Mitcham who may be contacted via email: thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk

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