The Colloquium

What is the European Academic Colloquium on Technical Communication Studies?

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.

When does the next European Academic Colloquium take place?

The next European Academic Colloquium takes place on April 13, 2016 in Berlin.

The Colloquium and TecCOMFrame

For the first time in 2016, the Colloquium will be integrated into the Erasmus+ project TecCOMFrame. The project aims to develop a common academic qualification and competence framework for the training of technical communicators, based on which the project partners will later derive prototype curricula. The project consortium already involves eight project partners from universities in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Romania and Poland. However, 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.

Program of the Colloquium

The program will consist of two parts, the morning and afternoon session.

The morning session is reserved for presentations on scientific contents with respect to technical communication and related fields. This includes project reports, educational articles, empirical results of research and scientific discussions. Anyone interested in presenting should follow the instructions in the Call for Papers.

The afternoon session is dedicated to the further development of higher education for Technical Communication in Europe. A member of the project consortium will present the first results on the Academic Technical Communication Competence Framework. The presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion on the topics "Academic Competence Requirements for Technical Communicators" and "Curricula Design".

Who are the organizers of the colloquium?

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.