Call for Proposals TCUK 2013

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We are now inviting proposals for speaking at the Technical Communication UK 2013 conference (TCUK 2013). The conference takes place at the Marriot City Centre Hotel in Bristol, from 24th to 26th September 2013.

This year’s specialist stream

Two of the three streams of presentations at TCUK 2013 are open to topics of general interest to anyone in the technical communication industry. The specialist topic for this year’s third stream is The Management of Technical Communication. Proposals for presentations within this area are particularly welcome.

New speakers and experienced speakers – all welcome

Regardless of whether you want to present for the first time or you are a seasoned conference speaker, we want to hear from you. We don’t mind if you are new to technical communication or if you have worked in this field for ever, if you have something to say to other technical communicators then TCUK 2013 is your chance to say it.

Industry sectors

Technical communicators work across a wide range of industry sectors, including engineering, aerospace and defence, transportation, services, retail, charities, and government agencies as well as in hi-tech industries. TCUK 2013 is the conference for everyone who works in communicating technical information of any kind.

We would be particularly interested in proposals from people who are consumers or commissioners of technical communication.

The closing date for submitting your proposal is Friday 5th April 2013.

Speaker benefits

If your proposal for a workshop or a presentation is accepted you are entitled to attend all three days of the conference without paying the conference fee. (Different arrangements exist for Technical Paper or Poster session presenters.) This means you only pay for your own travel, accommodation, and meals. This benefit is limited to one speaker per presentation. If there are two speakers giving a presentation, they each receive a 50% reduction in the conference fee. (Special arrangements may be available if there are three or more presenters for a presentation.)

Speaker participation in the conference

We encourage all speakers to take advantage of their free admission to the conference and to attend for all three days. We have found that this helps make the atmosphere at TCUK interesting and exciting. Both delegates and speakers have told us that they enjoy the opportunities to interact at TCUK, not only in the formal sessions, but in the breaks, at the vendor exhibition, and at social events associated with the conference.

If the number of speaking proposals we receive is greater than the number of available sessions we reserve the right to give priority to speakers who indicate that they will attend the full conference.

Conference structure

The first day of the conference (Tuesday 24th September) features six 3 hour sessions (three in the morning and three in the afternoon) that are ideal for a workshop or practical presentation. The second and third days (Wednesday and Thursday 25th and 26th September) feature three streams of conventional presentations lasting 40 minutes each.

Session types

The proposal types for TCUK 2013 are:

  • Workshops (3 hours)
  • Presentations (40 minutes)
  • Technical Paper or Poster session (10 minutes)

Workshop session proposals

Workshop sessions should include some hands-on activities for delegates attending. Make sure you include information about these activities if you submit a proposal for a workshop session.

Technical Paper or Poster session

These sessions offer an opportunity for a brief introduction to a topic based on a paper, or illustrated by a poster.

Vendor presentations (sponsored sessions)

This year we will be offering sponsors the opportunity to talk about their products and services in designated Vendor Sessions, as part of a sponsorship package. Sponsorship package details will be available soon. However, staff or representatives of vendors are welcome to submit proposals for sessions of general professional or educational interest.

Possible  topics

As well as topics relating to our specialist stream The Management of Technical Communication, you may submit proposals on any topic that you feel will be of interest to technical communication professionals. In feedback from previous conferences delegates have expressed an interest in having a wider variety of presentation topics –   “not just presentations on writing help for software ” –  so please take the following list of suggestions as a jumping off point for your imagination. What do you think would be of interest to other technical communicators?

Topic Area Suggested Focus
Delivering Content:
  • Issues experienced with publishing content.
  • Systems / solutions.
Developing Content:
  • Best practice for developing clear and effective content.
  • Issues with different media (e.g. ePub, social media, wikis).
  • Writing for a wide ranging audience.
Content Strategy:
  • Selecting and designing an appropriate strategy.
  • Solutions for organisation-wide content.
  • Challenges of translation and localization.
Accessibility and Usability:
  • Serving the needs of different users.
  • delivering multi-channel and multi-platform content.
  • Handling user-generated content and social media.
Education and Training:
  • Collaboration between technical communication and eLearning teams.
  • Tools and techniques for delivering content.
Soft skills for technical communicators:
  • Managing teams, working with other professionals.
  • Project planning, project management.
Business communication:
  • Business procedures, compliance procedures (for example Sarbanes-Oxley or Basel II).
  • Bid writing, tender writing.
  • Technical specifications, parts catalogues.

We look forward to receiving your speaking proposal. The deadline for submissions is 5th April 2013.
Please make sure you read the Speaker Agreement before you submit your proposal.
Click here to submit your proposal

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