|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