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you might remember my Forum 95 activities here. If the following press release
makes you wish to attend Forum 95, can still participate. More info from
Brigitte Beuttenmueller, TEK-B -dot- BEUTTE -at- geod -dot- geonet -dot- de -dot- She also has the
following text in Winword 6 format and a German version, too.
Greetings from Germany,
International Communication Conference in Dortmund
Technical Communicators from (up to now) 20 countries will meet at
Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, November 13 - 15, 1995 to talk about
how to write better manuals for equipment and software.
This will be no ordinary conference. Participants won't sit in
rows listening to a series of speakers standing on a platform.
Instead, they will walk around an "idea-market" exchanging ideas
with 12 experts at a time, with everyone contributing ideas.
Their objectives will be to find better ways to design and write
instructional manuals. They want to prevent their readers from
becoming frustrated when they assemble a child's bicycle or a gas-
barbecue or install new software into their computers.
"FORUM 95 is a very unusual kind of conference", Brigitte
Beuttenmuller from Stuttgart, conference co-chair explains. "The
concept was originated by Ulf Andersson and Lars Forsslund in
Sweden 20 years ago. Their plan was to give technical
communicators from all over the world a chance to talk to one
another, and to test new ways for communicating information".
"The theme of this year's conference is Disappearing Borders",
Beuttenmuller says and this theme is echoed by the wide range of
countries that speakers and delegates will come from: Australia,
China, South Africa, the USA, Canada, Estonia, France, the UK, The
Netherlands, all the Scandinavian countries, of course Germany,
and many others.
"The conference planning committee is equally international",
Beuttenmuller says. "My co-chair is Ron Blicq from Winnipeg,
Canada, then there are other team members from England, The
Netherlands and the USA".
A new feature of FORUM 95 will be two live exchanges of
information by video-conferences between Dortmund and Beijing (on
14. November) and Dortmund and Moscow (on 15 November). "Still
more evidence of Disappearing Borders" says Hans Springer, a
planning committee-member who lives near Wurzburg. "It's also the
first FORUM-conference to include representatives from countries
previously behind the iron curtain." The video conferences and
FORUM 95 generally are sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.
There will be one very special speaker: Dr. Patricia Wright of the Medical Rese
ridge, England, who will talk about "New frontiers in technical
communication". Earlier this year Dr. Wright received a
prestigious award from the American Society for Technical
Communication in Washington DC.
FORUM 95 also is being organized as a joint effort by tekom,
Gesellschaft fur Technische Kommunikation (Germany) and three
other societies, one in The Netherlands, one in the UK and one in
the USA and Canada.
Dortmund is fortunate to be the site of FORUM 95, for FORUM-
Conferences are held only every five years (Previous FORUMs were
held in Denmark, Norway and Sweden). November 13 to 15 will be
truly international days at Westfalenhallen this year!
International Conference for Technical Communicators
November 13-15, 1995
Westfalenhallen Dortmund, Germany
FORUM 95 (tekom), Markelstrabe 34, D-70193 Stuttgart,
Tel. +49 (0)711 65 42 35, Fax:+49 (0)711 65 07 67
E-Mail: TEK-B -dot- Beutte -at- geod -dot- geonet -dot- de
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