In cooperation with the Clear Writing Campaign of the European Commission
Clarity and IC Clear jointly hosted the 2014 Clarity conference. It provided a unique opportunity for clear communication professionals and plain language experts from around the world to showcase their best teaching and learning practices. The focus was on the latest initiatives and research in clear communication in both the public and the private sector and emphasised legal language as a prime example. The conference was held in two exciting historical cities: Antwerp on 12 and 13 November and Brussels on 14 November. In Brussels, participants had the opportunity to meet with the European Commission’s clear communication experts.
The conference’s theme, ‘Learning to be clear’, focused attention on the latest initiatives and research in clear communication, including in the legal field.
Speakers from a range of professions presented their different perspectives to a multidisciplinary audience.
At the European Commission in Brussels, experts shared their experiences of promoting clear communication in a multilingual environment and participants had the chance to be part of the annual Clear Writing Awards Ceremony.
The IC Clear’s online course on clear communication and future plans were officially presented.
This year, Clarity and IC Clear received 250 clear communication practitioners, lawyers, business people, policy makers and other professionals. There was a special focus on the European experience. It was a great opportunity to meet with people of similar interests and be inspired by their work.
Antwerp: a vibrant, welcoming metropolis and a real cultural capital, with impressive architecture and splendid art, the port on the river Scheldt, and the works of the painter Rubens (who spent much of his life here) and discover Antwerp’s world famous diamonds and fashion designers.
Brussels with its fascinating history dates back to the 11th century, the capital of Belgium since 1830, when Belgium became an independent country. Nowadays, Brussels is the headquarters of European Union institutions such as the Commission and Parliament, and NATO is also based here.