In the 21st Century, technical communicators must redefine or transcend borders of many kinds: social, linguistic, national, and cultural.  As practitioners, researchers, and educators in the field of technical communication, we must learn how to refine our practices, use new technologies effectively, and deepen our understanding of our audience in order to communicate across constantly evolving borders.

Please join us at IPCC 2013 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to explore the theme of “Beyond Borders: Communicating Globally.” We invite proposals for papers, panels, and workshops that explore the questions or topics below:

  • How are communication technologies like social media shaping, altering, and reinventing global communication? How are these and other new technologies eroding borders between knowledge producers and knowledge consumers?
  • How are today’s engineers being prepared to communicate in a global workplace?

Abstracts on other technical communication-related topics will also be considered. Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:


  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Engineering communication
  • Managing information and communication systems
  • Information quality
  • Humanitarian aid communication
  • Engineering management
  • Training and consulting
  • Visual/multimedia communication
    • Health/environmental communication
  • Information and communication security
  • Technical and professional communication pedagogy
  • Usability
  • Information design
  • Tools/techniques for collaboration
  • Content management/document technologies
  • Accessibility and Software user assistance

Student Poster Competition: Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit posters representing projects in any area of technical communication. Prizes will be awarded.

Abstracts of up to 300 words will be accepted for papers, panels, and workshops. For details regarding the submission process, please go to: