European Communication conference 2021 – crisis section panels, elections information


On behalf of the current leadership team – Audra Diers-Lawson, Florian Meissner, and Silvia Ravazanni — we hope that you will be able to join us online for the European Communication Conference online from 6-9 September.

Registration is open at: https://www.ecrea2021.eu/

Below is a summary of the Crisis Communication Section’s conference schedule below. We hope to see everyone in the panel sessions, but we would especially highlight our business meeting (Wednesday 8 September from 1315-1445 (Central European Summer Time — GMT +2). Our tentative agenda for the meeting is:

  • Brief summary of activities since the 2018 ECC
  • Update on ECC 2022. 
  • Discussion of 7th Crisis Conference in 2023 (brief reminder from our hosts). 
  • Call for hosts for 8th Crisis Conference in 2025.
  • Any other business
  • Section management elections. We will be electing our leadership team for the next year — remember that we will have another ECC in 2022 to return to our normal schedule. Voting will take place during the business meeting and Dr. Andreas Schwarz will be our elections officer. Below are the candidate statements from each of our colleagues. 

ECC 2021 Crisis Section Parallel Sessions

Tuesday, September 7th, Room 22, 09:00 – 10:30 Parallel Session: The Language of Crisis Communication

Tuesday, September 7th, Room 22 11:00 – 12:30 Parallel Session: Challenges in the Communication of Science, Risk, and Trust

Tuesday, September 7th, Room 22 17:00 – 18:30 Parallel Session: Cultural, National, and International Complexities in Political Crises

Wednesday, September 8th, Room 22 13:15 – 14:45 Business Meeting: Crisis Communication

ECC Management Team Profiles for the Election

Chair Candidate – Audra Diers-Lawson

Audra Diers-Lawson Bio and Position Statement

Brief Bio

I am at present a senior lecturer and research lead in the School of Public Relations and Journalism at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Aside from serving as the current Chair for the section, I am also:

  • The editor of the Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research
  • The guest editor for a special edition of Corporate Communication: An International Journal on risk and crisis communication in the developing world
  • Collaborating with colleagues from around the world on projects that:
    • Evaluates COVID-19 crisis response in Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, and the US
    • Is exploring COVID-19 related prejudice in more than 20 countries
    • Better understanding vaccination hesitancy in the UK, Sweden, US, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and New Zealand.
    • Evaluating risk and crisis communication with organizations like the Asia-Europe Foundation and the World Health Organization.

In short, aside from producing applied research, much of my research at present focuses on collaborating with or bringing colleagues together from different countries to create research and practice that has real world impact.

Position Statement

It has been my pleasure to be involved with the ECREA Crisis Communication section and the Crisis Conference Series since the Crisis2 conference in Denmark in 2011. I have served as a host for the Crisis Conference Series, a part of the management team since 2016 and as Chair since 2018.Over the years as our field has matured into a distinctive sub-field within communication and become increasingly institutionalized, the European crisis communication community has emerged as a vital hub for research and engagement. During my time on the management team, we have seen global participation in European and ECREA-based events continue to increase. For example, at Crisis6, we had participants at the conference from more than 20 countries and all continents. The ECC conferences consistently have participation from, of course, Europe but also the Americas and Asia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to maintain an active and global community engagement with our Crisis2021 virtual series. We have also developed and maintain an ECREA Crisis Section website.

Aside from continuing our normal activities, the present management team along with past chair Dr. Andreas Schwarz, is also in the process of developing a proposal for the 2021 ECREA Book Series on Risk and Crisis Communication in Europe where we have invited colleagues from Europe to contribute abstracts. If accepted, our objective for the book is to be a definitive guide to pan-European scholarship and practice.As a continuing chair, my objective is to continue to support and promote interdisciplinary research, education, and practice in risk and crisis communication in Europe.

Vice-Chair Candidates (in alphabetical order — two candidates are elected) – Daniel Laufer, Florian Meissner, Silvia Ravazzani

Daniel Laufer, Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

I am a researcher who has worked in the area of Crisis Communication for 20 years. I have spent half of my career in the USA, and the other half in New Zealand. I have a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

ECREA is involved in a lot of exciting activities, and the recent webinars have been great. If I am elected as Vice Chair I would work with the leadership team on its initiatives, and also help strengthen collaboration with industry, government and the media. This is an area I have focused on throughout my career. I have experience dealing with the media, and for the past two years I have written a successful monthly column on Crisis Management for a leading newspaper in New Zealand. I have also published interviews with senior executives on topics related to Crisis Management for the managerial journal Business Horizons, including an interview with the former head of Corporate Communications at BASF. I also have experience engaging with senior government officials, and the former Prime Minister of New Zealand was a keynote speaker at a conference I organised.

I believe my experience organising successful conferences and special issues will also be useful as Vice Chair at ECREA. In 2019 I was a co-chair of ANZMAC, the largest conference for marketing academics in Australia and New Zealand. We broke attendance records with over 500 participants. I have also successfully edited three special issues on Crisis Management, and my special issue in Business Horizons published in 2015 was the most impactful special issue in the journal based on citations and article downloads in the past 5 years. I currently serve as Associate Editor at Business Horizons and I’m on the editorial boards of both Public Relations Review and Corporate Reputation Review.

I believe that I can contribute to ECREA based on my experience. I also have strong ties to Europe. In addition to my American citizenship, I am a German citizen. I have taught my courses on Crisis Management in Europe (the Mannheim Business School in Germany and Vienna University). Finally, my research on Crisis Contagion with Yijing Wang from Erasmus University (Laufer & Wang, 2018) was highlighted in a statement by the Embassy of the Netherlands in New Zealand as an example of successful research collaboration between the Netherlands and New Zealand. I worked on this project during my sabbatical in Rotterdam.

Bio

Dr Daniel Laufer, PhD, MBA is an Associate Professor of Marketing, and a former head of the school and member of the faculty management team (2014-2017) at Victoria University of Wellington, one of the leading universities in New Zealand. His primary area of expertise is Crisis Management, and his research focuses on crisis communications, and gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders react to crises. Prior to entering academia, Dan worked as a manager at KPMG and a senior consultant at PwC in the USA. Dan currently serves as an Associate Editor for both the European Journal of Marketing and Business Horizons. Dan is also on a number of editorial boards including Public Relations Review and Corporate Reputation Review. Dan’s work is also of great interest to industry, and he was featured by the global consulting firm PwC as an expert on Crisis Management in their magazine in both the USA and New Zealand (2010 and 2013). Over the past few years he has taught workshops to mayors and senior government officials in New Zealand about Crisis Communications.

Florian Meissner, Professor of Media Management and Journalism, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences

Academic CV Summary: 

  • Since 2021/01 Professor at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences (Media Faculty) 
  • 2019/03 – 2020/12 Postdoctoral Researcher at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Dpt. of Communication and Media Sciences) 
  • 2018/06 – 2019/03 Postdoctoral Researcher at TU Dortmund University (Institute of Journalism) 
  • 2015/04 – 2018/05 Ph.D. Fellow, School of International and Intercultural Communication, TU Dortmund University 
  • 2014/04 – 2014/11 Research stay at Tohoku University (Sendai/Japan) Ph.D. Fellow of the Japanese Society for the promotion of science 
  • 2010/06 – 2014/03 Research Assistant, TU Dortmund University (Institute of Journalism) 2009/12 Graduation with a Diploma in Journalism and Sociology (TU Dortmund University)

Position Statement:
The three years since the election of the current management team of ECREA’ s Crisis Communication Section have been eventful. Soon after a successful Crisis6 Conference in Leeds, the Covid-19 pandemic confronted us with the surreal situation that our expertise and new research initiatives were more needed than before, while at the same time we struggled to find opportunities to exchange and interact as a community. 


We have therefore started a virtual series as a venue to present and discuss current research in the field of crisis communication. Participation and feedback have been extremely positive. In case of my re-election as Vice Chair of the Crisis Communication Section, I want to continue with such digital and/or hybrid formats in addition to our regular on-site conference formats. This way, we should also be able to extend the diversity among the participants of our events (for instance, Ph.D. students or colleagues from the Global South). 


Furthermore, I would like to continue my efforts related to coordinating and fostering the exchange on computational methods in crisis Communication research. The related workshop in the abovementioned virtual series has been a first step in that direction. 


Among further points that I want to address in case of re-election are intensifying the discussion of what we, as a community, can or should contribute to the broader issue of global warming and the communicative challenges that come with it. Also, I would like to intensify the mutually beneficial exchange between researchers and practitioners within our community. 


It has been an honor to serve this first term as Vice Chair for our ECREA section, and I would like to ask you to support my candidacy for a second term.

Silvia Ravazzani, Associate Professor in Management, Università IULM, Italy

Short biography

I am currently an Associate Professor in Management at Università IULM, Italy. Previously, I held the same position at the Department of Management at Aarhus University, Denmark.

I have served in the Crisis Communication Section as vice-chair since 2016.

I am part of the Editorial Board of Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research and of European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management.

I am also Senior Project Leader of the Centre for Employee Relations and Communication at IULM University.

My research interests are mainly crisis communication from an internal and multicultural perspective, employee communication, social media, diversity and business ethics. My work in these areas has been published in various books and journals such as Group & Organization Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Corporate Communications: An International Journal, International Journal of Business Communication, and elsewhere.

Awards for my research in the field of crisis communication include the Highly Commended Paper Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2017 for “Exploring internal crisis communication in multicultural environments” published in Corporate Communications: An International Journal; and the Academic Highly Commended Paper Award at the Conference of Corporate Communication 2010 for “Manager-Employee Communication During a Crisis: The Missing Link”.

Position statement

I would like to put forward my candidacy to continue in my role as vice chair for the ECREA Crisis Communication Section.

Since 2016 I have worked closely with the current and previous management teams towards the successful development and consolidation of a strong crisis communication community that reaches out globally.

I strongly believe in the need to further encourage the diversity of views, theoretical lenses and methodological approaches that have characterized the work of our community from its inception. Moreover, I am committed towards strengthening the disciplinary institutionalization of crisis communication as a central field of research, teaching and practice through facilitating collaborations and publication opportunities.

For me personally, being a member of the current and previous management teams has represented a priceless opportunity to interact with our vast and diverse community and to continuously learn from it, which I deeply appreciate and would love to profit from in the next two year-mandate as well.

It is on this basis and on my past and current commitment to this Section that I feel confident to ask for your vote.

Silvia Ravazzani, Associate Professor in Management, Università IULM, Italy

Short biography

I am currently an Associate Professor in Management at Università IULM, Italy. Previously, I held the same position at the Department of Management at Aarhus University, Denmark.

I have served in the Crisis Communication Section as vice-chair since 2016.

I am part of the Editorial Board of Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research and of European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management.

I am also Senior Project Leader of the Centre for Employee Relations and Communication at IULM University.

My research interests are mainly crisis communication from an internal and multicultural perspective, employee communication, social media, diversity and business ethics. My work in these areas has been published in various books and journals such as Group & Organization Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Corporate Communications: An International Journal, International Journal of Business Communication, and elsewhere.

Awards for my research in the field of crisis communication include the Highly Commended Paper Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2017 for “Exploring internal crisis communication in multicultural environments” published in Corporate Communications: An International Journal; and the Academic Highly Commended Paper Award at the Conference of Corporate Communication 2010 for “Manager-Employee Communication During a Crisis: The Missing Link”.

Position statement

I would like to put forward my candidacy to continue in my role as vice chair for the ECREA Crisis Communication Section.

Since 2016 I have worked closely with the current and previous management teams towards the successful development and consolidation of a strong crisis communication community that reaches out globally.

I strongly believe in the need to further encourage the diversity of views, theoretical lenses and methodological approaches that have characterized the work of our community from its inception. Moreover, I am committed towards strengthening the disciplinary institutionalization of crisis communication as a central field of research, teaching and practice through facilitating collaborations and publication opportunities.

For me personally, being a member of the current and previous management teams has represented a priceless opportunity to interact with our vast and diverse community and to continuously learn from it, which I deeply appreciate and would love to profit from in the next two year-mandate as well.

It is on this basis and on my past and current commitment to this Section that I feel confident to ask for your vote.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Risk and Crisis Communication in Europe: A Definitive Guide to Pan-European Scholarship and Practice

On behalf of the editors – Audra Diers-Lawson, Andreas Schwarz, Silvia Ravazzani, and Florian Meissner – and as part of the Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education Series we are inviting abstract submissions for a risk and crisis communication book proposal titled: Risk and Crisis Communication in Europe: A Definitive Guide to Pan-European Scholarship and Practice. Our core objective with this text is to develop a student and practitioner-focused text that represents the breadth of research in risk and crisis communication in Europe. 

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 6 September, 2020 with accepted abstracts notified by 17 September. If the book is approved by the ECREA Series editors, contributors would have approximately one year to produce their chapter and supplemental materials. 

We welcome submissions from academics and practitioners. Where necessary, preference will be given to ECREA members as it is a condition of the series that at least 50% of contributors are ECREA members. If you are not a member of ECREA, you can join anytime. 

Submission Information

To submit — send an email to audra.lawson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk with the following information:

  1. Brief author bio for each author (name, affiliation, degree, and 1 or 2 sentence summary of research agenda)
  2. ECREA Member (yes/no)
  3. Section of the book (see below for the list)
  4. Theme of your submission (see below for the list)
  5. Willingness to create a 5-minute supplementary video to support the book (yes/no)
  6. If you are proposing a case study, willingness to work with the editors to create a 15 or 30 minute exercise based on the key themes emerging in the case study (we will put the exercises together, but we will ask you for key recommendations and suggestions to create an applied exercise based on the key lessons learned from the case study) (yes/no)
  7. Include a 300-500 word (maximum) structured abstract for the submission that addresses:
    1. Central aims and objectives of the chapter
    2. Focal Country(ies) for the chapter
    3. Brief summary of key content in the chapter
    4. Brief summary of key transferrable knowledge/skills after reading the chapter (learning outcomes)

Details About the Book Proposal

Context and Importance

The field of risk and crisis communication emerged, as a cohesive and distinctive area of study and practice, in the mid 1990’s and over the early 2000’s has established itself as a growing field (Diers-Lawson, 2020). Europe has emerged as a critical hub for the global development of theory and practice in risk and crisis communication. For example, ECREA is the first international communication association to have a full crisis communication section; it hosts one of the two main risk and crisis communication conferences in the world; the section has membership and consistent attendance at ECREA-sponsored events from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Despite the influence, the only text to meaningfully and explicitly addressed crisis communication in Europe was the Handbook of International Crisis Communication Research (2016) and that was within the context of exploring risk and crisis communication around the world. Since that text was published, not only has the field of risk and crisis communication continued to develop but Europe has experienced the amplification of the refugee crisis, Brexit, increasing terrorist attacks, a heightened awareness of the climate crisis, and of course the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these has not only contributed to scholarship and practice but have also changed the contexts for considering risk and crisis communication in Europe.

Moreover, one of the ongoing challenges is the translation of academic work to practitioner and student audiences to ensure the innovative research being conducted is accessible by the audiences that most need it. Therefore, our objectives with this book are:

  1. Develop pan-European perspectives on risk and crisis communication with relevance across and beyond Europe.
  2. Provide accessible and engaging material to translate traditional academic theory and research to non-academic audiences.
  3. Use the accessible material to create practical impact for the theoretical, methodological, and practical contributions of European-based scholars and practitioners in risk and crisis communication.
  4. Explore the multi-disciplinary connections in risk and crisis communication.
  5. Provide case studies from around Europe to support teaching and practice.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for the book will focus on:

  • Practitioners in risk and crisis communication
  • Students – both advanced undergraduates and post-graduates
  • Lecturers and scholars

Book Layout

Our tentative structure will include three sections; however, a more detailed structure might emerge based on the topics and categories of abstracts that we receive:

  1. Risk Communication in the pan-European context
  2. Crisis Communication in the pan-European context
  3. European-Based Case Studies

Themes in the book will address risk and crisis in relation to:

  • Business/Management/Leadership/Strategy
  • Culture
  • Employees
  • Health
  • Measurement
  • Media (including journalism and social media)
  • Politics
  • Social Responsibility
  • Technology and algorithms
  • Wicked Problems (e.g., climate change, natural disasters, refugee crises/migration, pandemics)

Unique Features

To support the objectives, there are several unique features to the book to improve its accessibility and translation of the material to non-academic audiences.

  1. Chapters will be written with the target audiences in mind. Therefore, they will:
    1. Be concise (i.e., 3000-4000 words maximum for sections 1 and 2, 1000-1500 words maximum for section 3).
    2. Use a uniform template for both regular chapters and the case studies to give the book consistency and clarity
    3. Actively incorporate visuals like figures, diagrams, and tables to improve clarity of concepts and models introduced. The copyright to all visuals will be owned by the authors.
  2. Each chapter and case study will have an approximately 5 minute supplementary video presentation from the author(s), which will be hosted on the section’s website (ecreacrisis.com).
  3. The editors will work with case study contributors to create 15 or 30 minute mini-simulations which will complement the material presented in the case studies to allow practitioners or students to experience a situation similar to the case study and apply lessons learned in the case study.

Event Announcement: Creating High Impact Crisis & Risk Communication Messages: Applications of the IDEA Model

Friday, 30 April, 2021 time 4-6pm (CET), 10am-12pm (EST)

Panelists, lead by Professor Deanna Sellnow (University of Central Florida) conducting risk and crisis communication research in a variety of contexts, from several global regions will discuss the challenges of communicating quickly, accurately and competently with diverse publics. The panelists will refer to the IDEA as starting point for the discussion. The IDEA model emphasizes the need for risk and crisis messages to help audiences (I) internalize or emotionally accept the risks they face, (D) the need to distribute messages through quickly accessible channels, (E) provide an explanation of the risk that matches the health or science literacy of the audience, and (A) promote practical actions diverse publics can take to protect themselves and their loved ones. For more information about the panel and panelists, click here.

After the panelists discuss their current research, they will welcome questions from the moderator and audience members.

Final registration closes at 12pm (GMT) on 30 April. You will automatically receive the MSTeams link for the event on Friday 30 April when registration closes. Registration is free and all are welcome. Click here to register.  

Please note the sessions are being recorded. Presentations will last approximately 1 hour. We ask for attendees to keep their microphones and cameras off during the presentations and turn them on only to participate in the discussion after the presentations conclude.


Event Announcement: 5 March Scandinavian Pandemic Response

Perspectives on Crisis Communication During the Pandemic in Nordic Countries

On 5 March, 2021 from 4-6pm (CET) the ECREA Crisis Communication Section will host the second in our Crisis2021 series focusing on a panel discussion of distinguished scholars from across Scandinavia exploring the comparisons and comparative outcomes from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

The Nordic countries are in many ways similar in terms of political and media system. Nevertheless, they have chosen different strategies in managing the corona virus pandemic. Denmark, Norway and Finland followed many other countries in “shutting down” the society, combined with widespread testing and tracing infection contacts. Sweden chose a somewhat different strategy in rejecting lockdown and focus in “flattening the curve” and in comparison to other countries had the restrictive measures a light touch and relied on citizens voluntary adapting regulations about social distancing and other measures. Crisis communication was also organized differently, not at least in that politicians played a more prominent role in communicating the crisis in Denmark, Finland and Norway. A year after the pandemic started we see very different outcomes, not at least in that Sweden has a much higher death toll compared to the other Nordic countries. The panel will discuss similarities and differences in crisis communication in terms of the crisis management perspective, media frames, and citizens’ response.

Here is more detailed information about the session and speakers and to register to attend the event.


Global Experts Discuss COVID-19: Learning & Consequences for Crisis Communication Research, Practice

ECREA Crisis Communication Section, Leeds Beckett University Host Global Crisis2021 Public Event Series

(Leeds, United Kingdom, February 5): On 5 February, 2021 four global experts in crisis communication and a live audience of practitioners and academics from countries around the world reflected on the lessons learned in crisis communication based on the last year of COVID-19 crisis and the importance of the convergence of research and practice. All speakers highlighted shared critical challenges of communicating during the COVID-19 as including managing ‘fake news’, inequalities in the effects of the pandemic, global disruption and the challenges of recovery from the pandemic, and how we can use strategic communication to serve the public good.

Watch the presentations here

Both International Public Relations Association (IPRA) President, Philippe Borremans (Portugal) and Professor Yan Jin, University of Georgia (USA) reflected on crisis learning and pandemic communication management highlighting the value of such collaborations. Borremans points out that the critical goal of emergency communication is to empower community and individuals to make decisions to protect themselves. Jin provided examples of research collaborations and findings in applied settings.

Dean and Professor Matthew Seeger, Wayne State University (USA) focused on the role of crisis communication in managing uncertainty to help communities to interpret information and risk surrounding COVID-19. Both Seeger and Dr. Andreas Schwarz, Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany) highlighted the pandemic’s disruption of higher education. Schwarz focused on developing a stronger understanding about message creation from the organisational perspective and improving communication recommendations for university educators.

This live panel and discussion was the kick-off event for the European Communication Research and Education Association’s (ECREA) Crisis Communication section Crisis2021 monthly series of live panels bringing together global experts in crisis communication to present research, discuss critical themes, and identify opportunities for developing knowledge and practice. The series is hosted by Leeds Beckett University’s Business School, coordinated by Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson, a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett, the Crisis Communication section Chair, and editor of the Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research. The series is also endorsed by the IPRA.

Diers-Lawson said, “We have an active and engaged international crisis and risk communication community, so the leadership team for the [ECREA Crisis Communication] division wanted to make sure we had a way to stay engaged with each other and sharing our experience, research, and practice through this pandemic.” Diers-Lawson is joined in section leadership by Dr. Florian Meissner of Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Germany and Dr. Silvia Ravazzani of IULM in Milan, Italy. For more information, to view the recordings after the events, or to register to attend the Crisis2021 Series go to: https://ecreacrisis.com/call-for-participation-crisis2021/


Event Announcement: 5 February – Covid-19 Learning & Consequences Live Panel

On behalf of the ECREA Crisis Communication Section and endorsed by the International Public Relations Association, we are pleased to announce that on February 5, 2021 (Friday) from 4-6pm CET (10am-12pm EST) we will host our first live panel of our Crisis2021 series – Covid-19: Learning and Consequences for International Crisis Communication Research and Practice. The event is free to attend, all are welcome, but advance registration is required.

The coronavirus pandemic has been a disruptive and tragic experience for societies around the world. For the crisis communication community, the pandemic doubtlessly is an issue of overwhelming importance, calling for academic and professional exchange and new research initiatives that reach beyond national borders. In order to create an opportunity to come together at this important point in the ongoing crisis, we would like to invite you to an online session involving keynotes and discussions on the following questions:

  1. What have we learned from our observations of crisis communication during the pandemic by governments, organizations, health experts, media, and stakeholders around the world?
  2. What are the consequences crisis researchers and practitioners need to draw from this pandemic? What is—or should be—on the research agenda for the next years?

These overarching questions will be addressed by four keynotes:

  • Philippe Borremans, Emergency Risk and Crisis Communication Consultant, President-elect of IPRA: “Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication – the need for an integrated approach”
  • Yan Jin, Professor, University of Georgia: “Gaining Insights from a Multi-methodological Approach to Crisis Learning and Pandemic Communication Management”
  • Matthew W. Seeger, Professor, Dean of the College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts, Wayne State University: “Communicating Death and Dying During Crises:  Uncertainty, Equivocality and Strategic Ambiguity”
  • Andreas Schwarz, Chair of the Department of Public Relations & Communication of Technology, llmenau University of Technology: “Internal Risk and Crisis Communication on the COVID-19 pandemic: Global experiences of higher education institutions”

Click here for a more detailed summary of each of the presentations.

The series includes online sessions every first or second Friday from February through July. The first session will be chaired by Dr. Florian Meissner, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences. All keynotes will be followed by an open discussion with the audience.

Please find updates on the panel and on the Crisis2021 virtual series on our website: https://ecreacrisis.com/virtual-event-dates-and-themes/

Of course, this panel can only be a starting point for discussion of the short- and long-term implications the current crisis has for our field of research. We would therefore like to point out that the further online sessions within our virtual series, too, can be used to present thematically related research—while also being open for other research topics. Our Crisis2021 series is virtually hosted and coordinated by Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Submissions for our full live and pre-recorded series are open with priority for live sessions going to those presentations and/or panels submitted before 15 January, 2021. See our call for abstracts for more information.


ICRCC Call for Poster/Proceedings Deadline 15 December

Dear ICRCC Friends/Colleagues,
 
As we send this note, we begin with our sincere hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well during the global pandemic that has spiraled into a mega-crisis. The Nicholson School of Communication and Media understands the current situation and the need to adapt in order to persevere.
 
The International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference was created 10 years ago to bring together international scholars and professionals in the fields to further conversations recognizing issues such as the one we have at hand. NSCM wants to ensure everyone that the conference’s vision continues being the same — to keep the conference as a conversational forum, to sustain a climate for personal interaction, to feature leading practitioners and top scholars, and to provide information and new ideas that are useful and meaningful to all conference participants.
 
As we begin making plans for 2021, we realize much remains uncertain about what conferences and travel will look like in March. Thus the ICRCC is adapting. While our traditional setup is challenged, we are aiming to create a solution viable for all. This means the conference will transform into a virtual format, while keeping some of its structure. The virtual conference will be held March 8-10, 2021, however, it will be condensed.

We anticipate having three keynotes/plenary panels similar to what we have done in previous years. These speakers for the panels will be invited by the planning team. We will also invite poster submissions (due by December 15th). We ask you to structure a narrative as a proceeding to accompany the poster. Accepted posters and proceedings will be included in the conference proceedings unless you decline the invitation to publish them there. More information will be forthcoming about this modified format.
 
We will again present the Bridge Award for Leadership and Excellence in Strategic Communication Research and the Excellence Award in Crisis and Risk Communication Practice.
 
As always, our goal is to create a “place and space” where a global audience of professionals and academics may comfortably gather as a community of practice to discuss problems and solutions in crisis and risk communication.  We will simply do so virtually this year. 
 
The Nicholson School is grateful for your support and hopes you will join us in 2021.

We invite you to submit a title and 100-200 word abstract for a poster presentation at: https://communication.ucf.edu/icrcc/submit/. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2020. 

If you have additional questions about the conference, please feel free to email Deanna Sellnow at Deanna.Sellnow@ucf.edu.  

Thank you for your continued support,

ICRCC Planning Team

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for Submission for Priority for Live Presentations 15 January, 2021

Because it was not realistic to plan & host a live conference in 2021 for the Crisis Communication Division, we are offering two different avenues for presentation of research in 2021  

  • Live Panel Sessions (two-hours each) on the first Friday of each month from 5 February – 2 July.
  • Live/pre-Recorded Presentations (up to 20 minutes each) posted on our website.

Theme for Crisis2021: Risk & Crisis Communication & the ‘New Normal’

As the world responds to 2020 and all of the new challenges it has posed, risk and crisis communication researchers, students, and practitioners have the opportunity to explore issues of work environments, politics, social justice, disasters, ‘ordinary’ crises, learning and teaching, well-being, social responsibility, and technology to name just a few areas connected to the tumultuous year we have all experienced. We are calling for abstracts that look forward from Covid-19 to the future across industries and even for reflective discussions about the role of risk and crisis communication.

You can submit an individual abstract or a panel proposal.

Panel Proposals   These will only be considered for the live sessions. For panel proposals: There should be either 3 or 4 speakers representing at least two different institutions. Preference will be given to multi-national panelsPanels should have a clear theme, brief (paragraph) justification for the theme, and list the speakers and brief summaries of their proposed presentations  Individual Abstracts Individual submissions will be considered for the live panels (if submitted before 15 January) unless otherwise noted in the submission, to include: Author(s) name(s), institutions, and email(s)Preference for live panel or pre-recordedDetailed abstract (no more than 700 words) for the presentation

We aim to accept as many abstracts as possible both for the live sessions and pre-recorded presentations. Don’t worry – the pre-recorded presentations CAN but don’t HAVE to include you on camera – they can simply be PowerPoint presentations with voice overs.

All Live Sessions are Free to Attend.

More details and submission available at: https://ecreacrisis.com/call-for-participation-crisis2021/


Crisis7 Postponed to 2023, Announcing crisis2021 Virtual event series

Dear Colleagues:

In March of this year when Covid-19 emerged as a global pandemic few of us probably imagined that it would be as disruptive to all aspects of our lives as it has been. Yet, here we are at the end of 2020 and trying to make plans for 2021.

As we announced earlier this year, ECREA decided to move the ECC from 2020 to 2021 and everyone’s abstracts that were accepted for 2020 will still be accepted for 2021. Additionally, we have confirmed with ECREA that the ECC will go back to its regular schedule for 2022. We will simply have the ECC two years in a row – Covid permitting, of course.

As you all know Crisis7 was scheduled for early October, 2021 and was going to be hosted by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. With the ECC rescheduled, it created a challenge for a successful Crisis7 because of a very busy Sept/Oct conference schedule. We all – the management team and our Gothenburg hosts – discussed the possibility of a late spring conference. Unfortunately, it does not seem possible to host a face-to-face conference by April/May of 2021. For this reason, we have decided there is not a viable way to hold Crisis7 as scheduled for 2021.

There is, however, good news to report. The University of Gothenburg have graciously agreed to remain our Crisis7 host – so none of us will miss out on visiting Sweden – it will just be two years later than we anticipated. So, we are pleased to announce that Crisis7 will take place at the University of Gothenburg in 2023!

Our next challenge was about how to support and maintain our risk and crisis communication community in 2021 – providing opportunities for us to all interact, share and discuss our research and practice, and ensure that our community is contributing to and leading the zeitgeist on crisis communication into the post-Covid era. We considered an intensive online conference structure – with a full complement of panels like NCA, ICA, the WCA, among other associations are doing. However, based on the feedback from people who have already attended these intensive conferences; the ‘zoom fatigue’ and lack of socializing makes them less desirable – and especially in a community like ours where the interactions between colleagues and social aspects are so formative.

Instead, we have decided to offer a combination of monthly live panel sessions as well as pre-recorded full presentations. All live sessions will be free to attend. We will follow this announcement up with our CFP in the Crisis2021 series in the next week or so, but want to preview what is coming from us….

  • We are asking colleagues to submit abstracts.
  • We will have a submission deadline, but that is to ensure we can schedule the live panel sessions; however, abstracts for pre-recorded presentations will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 2021.
  • Live panels will be the first Friday of each month beginning in February and running through July. They will be scheduled for two-hours.
  • While free, you will have to register for the live sessions.
  • The panels and panel themes will be published ahead of time.
  • Pre-recorded presentations will be featured on our website – www.ecreacrisis.com
  • We will also be hosting graduate student workshops as well and publishing a separate call for those. The time(s)/date(s) of those will be coordinated later and based on submissions. Those will also be free to attend. 
  • Our live sessions will also be posted online afterwards for those who were not able to attend live.

We will be announcing our first panel scheduled for 5 February, 2021 but it will be on COVID-19: Learning and Consequences for International Crisis Communication Research, so hold the date!

We know this isn’t how we had all probably planned to get together in 2021, but we hope that this offers meaningful opportunities to engage with old and new colleagues and promote the work that we are all doing!

Best regards,

Audra, Silvia, Florian, and Janina


Whistleblowing: an international perspective

An open event promoted by Università IULM, the Geert Hofstede Consortium and Transparency International Italy on November 19th, 2020.

Università IULM’s International Affairs office, the Centre for Employee Relations and Communication (CERC) at Università IULM, the Geert Hofstede Consortium, and Transparency International Italy present the online open event “Whistleblowing: an international perspective”. The online event will take place on November 19th, 15.00-16.30 CET via Microsoft Teams, and will be targeted at both bachelor and master degree students and at professionals.

Corporate wrongdoing is a major issue today in all kind of organizations and whistleblowing arrangements can be an effective strategy to prevent it when they are adopted with the aim of favouring employee voice, including dissent.

The Centre for Employee Relations and Communication (CERC) at Università IULM has conducted some studies that indicate that Italian companies are still little aware of the importance of formal systems to boost employee voice and in particular of whistleblowing systems, adopted in most cases with a mere focus on law compliance.

To overcome this gap of awareness, Università IULM, the Geert Hofstede Consortium and Transparency International Italy are promoting a series of public lessons and events to sustain a public debate around these topics and thus a cultural development in this field in Italy.

The online public event “Whistleblowing: an international perspective” will host a debate with the contributions of:

  • Audra Diers-Lawson, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Relations and Journalism at Leeds Beckett University, who recently contributed to the book “Whistleblowing, Communication and Consequences. Lessons from The Norwegian National Lottery” edited by Peer Jacob Svenkerud, Jan-Oddvar Sørnes and Larry Browning
  • Giorgio Fraschini, expert of whistleblowing at Transparency International Italy
  • Alessandra Mazzei, Associate Professor of Corporate Communication at Università IULM and Director at CERC
  • Silvia Ravazzani, Associate Professor of Corporate Communication at Università IULM

The event will be held in English and is part of the Corporate Communication course held by Professor Silvia Ravazzani at the Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communication and Public Relations and of the Brand and Corporate Communication course held by Professor Alessandra Mazzei at the Master’s Degree in Marketing, Consumption and Communication at Università IULM.

All students are invited.

People interested to attend the online open event can fill the form at the following link to register. Following the registration, they will receive the link to connect to the online event via Microsoft Teams.