The 2014 IPCC conference will serve as a meeting ground for discussions about communication and learning — in the classroom, in the workplace, as a lifelong process.

At IPCC, the annual conference of the IEEE Professional Communication Society, we provide a home for professional engineers, technical communicators and academics to meet, share ideas, and be inspired by one another. The result is a cross pollination between industry and academy that conference attendees consistently find energizing. This year’s conference theme, “Meeting Grounds: Lifelong Learning from Classroom to Workplace,” emphasizes this cross pollination of ideas.

The program promises to be particularly exciting, with over 60 peer-reviewed papers, panels, and workshops covering cutting-edge research and practice in technical communication. See the Preliminary Program page for more details. Guest speaker’s bios are available here.

Highlights include:

  • An opening plenary by Dr. Marsha Lovett, Teaching Professor of Psychology and Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Eberly Center for Teaching and Learning, who will talk about recent developments in learning science that are relevant to technical communication.
  • A keynote address by Dr. Doug Reeve, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto and a leader in both industry and education, who will share communication and leadership strategies in the fields of science and engineering.
  • Innovative “learning lunches” that combine networking with talks on presentation, and ideas for getting your articles published.
  • A series of hand-on workshops on how to improve your presentation skills, how to write for plain language, and how to create bridges between research and professional practice.