Call for Papers: Communicating the (un)expected – how to form the risk communication of the future

I would like to inform you about the following call for papers issued to us by Anna Olofsson (Risk and Crisis Research Center, Mid Sweden University, Östersund):

It is now time to send in your papers for the conference Åre Risk Event which will take place in Åre 13-15 March 2012. The deadline for sending in abstracts is 9 December 2011.

The conference theme this year is ”Communicating the (un)expected – how to form the risk communication of the future”. The conference gathers researchers, entrepreneurs, politicians and representatives of public and voluntary organizations to exchange knowledge about the risk and crisis management in our society. The programme is still tentative but will consist of lectures and paper sessions, mixed with workshops and exchange of experiences in smaller groups. There will be a particular focus on the Nordic research and development cooperation in the field of public safety and readiness.

The following main speakers will participate:

  • Professor Åsa Boholm, Director of CEFOS, University of Gothenburg
  • Professor Ann Bostrom, University of Washington
  • Professor Britt-Marie Drottz-Sjöberg, Group Leader of RIPENSA, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
  • Associate professor Ann Enander, Department of Leadership and Management, Swedish National Defence College, Karlstad
  • Professor Ragnar Löfstedt, King’s Centre for Risk Management, King’s College London
  • Henrik Olinder, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Board Member of the Swedish Public Relations Association
  • Professor Anna Olofsson, RCR, Mid Sweden University, Östersund
  • Associate professor Tricia Wachtendorf, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, USA

Although communication permeates the entire crisis management process, the knowledge of the area is insufficient. Effective communication is needed in preventive work to increase the motivation and ability of individuals and organizations to take responsibility. It is also needed in the event of crisis and disaster, to reach people with and be reached by information that can save lives and possessions.

Well-functioning communication is also necessary after a serious event to bring society back to a normal situation. The conference turns to researchers of the Nordic countries with an interest in risk and/or crisis management.

This is why we welcome papers within the field of risk and crisis management from a broad perspective. Papers can be on topics such as communication to vulnerable groups, organizing communication activities, coordinating communication activities in the event of a major crisis, credibility and legitimacy of communication, wording and content of communication, technology, communication channels and social media, or risk communication in today’s society.

It is now time to send in your papers for the conference Åre Risk Event which will take place in Åre 13-15 March 2012. The deadline for sending in abstracts is 9 December 2011. Please send your abstracts of a maximum of 200 words to: larsake.lindstrom@miun.se

Your abstract must be marked with your pen name, department and contact information and be written in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English.

Important dates:

  • Last date to send in your abstract: 9 December
  • Acceptance of abstract: Will be communicated on 15 December
  • Last date for an early registration: 9 January
  • Last date for registration: 21 February

You will find further information about the conference here: http://miun.se/areriskevent

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