IEEE Professional Communication Conference 2011

 On October 17-19, the IEEE Professional Communication Society will host the International Professional Communication Conference 2011 on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.  As a member of the IEEE Cincinnati chapter, your participation in the conference is encouraged as we network with colleagues, learn about the conference topic of sustainability, and share research and information important to technical communicators, educators, practitioners, engineers, and others! 
This article provides you with a summary of information to plan your attendance at the conference.  All information is available at the conference website
Registration for the conference is online on the conference website.  We have reduced registration fees this year to make the conference more affordable, and you can bring a student for free with your paid registration.  IEEE members enjoy discounted registration, even if you aren’t a member of PCS.   

Professional Development Seminars are offered for Continuing Education Credit (important for Professional Licensure) on Monday and Tuesday, October 17 and 18.  Kim Campbell will offer “Thinking and Interacting Like a Leader” and Michael Alley will offer “Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides.”  Your seminar registration fee gives you access to all conference sessions and workshops for one day. 

New to IPCC 2011 is the Student Poster Competition, a chance for students to showcase their sustainable solutions to technical challenges.  We hope you will encourage students to participate in the competition, either in person at the conference or virtually. 
A ticket to the conference Awards Reception is included with your registration.  This year’s Reception location is the Newport Aquarium.  The reception will allow us to honor the exceptional contributions of society members Ginny Redish and Judy Ramey, as well as the important work in sustainability communication by Jimmie Killingsworth.  The awards presentation will occur against the backdrop of the spectacular shark tank at the Aquarium.

Noted author Alex Steffen is Monday’s keynote speaker (sponsored by the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati).  Check our Alex’s website!
About IEEE PCS:  The IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS) mission is to foster a community dedicated to understanding and promoting effective communication in engineering, scientific, and other technical environments. Our 1,700 members worldwide are interested in the study, development, and promotion of technical information for individuals and groups. The society also promotes technical, scientific, industrial, and other activities that contribute to the techniques and products used in this field.  PCS is part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional society, with 375,000 members worldwide.  To learn more about PCS and the IPCC 2011, visit our site at

The draft program of the conference will be available soon. I hope to see you at the University of Cincinnati at IPCC 2011­!