NSC to host ICRC Conference

Story by UCF Nicholson School of Communication News

Nicholson School of Communication is making plans for an exciting International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference March 13-15, 2017.

The annual ICRCC features presentations, workshops and panel discussions on strategic crisis communication issues, case studies, best practices and emerging trends. These are presented by an impressive lineup of top practitioners and prominent academics from around the world.

Robert Littlefield, Ph.D.

Robert Littlefield, Ph.D., who serves as director and professor of communication in UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication, is very excited about the upcoming conference.

“The upcoming 7th annual ICRCC conference promises to be one of UCF’s best as scholars and practitioners bridge the gap with their views about mega-crises; including terrorist acts, environmental crises and the political pressures surrounding health crises,” said Littlefield. “I’m so pleased with the extra efforts being expended by our faculty and staff to create a hospitable and exciting setting for thought-provoking presentations and stimulating discussions. We are also presenting awards to prominent figures and emerging student scholars, making this conference one you won’t want to miss. And after all, it’s March in Orlando—the weather will be beautiful!”

The ICRCC provides a relaxed and informal, peer-to-peer learning experience for communication researchers and practitioners. It provides opportunities to share knowledge and firsthand experience surrounding this globally significant, emerging and evolving field.

The ICRCC was designed to facilitate interaction and discussion about crisis and risk communication among members of both the professional and academic research communities in interrelated fields. The vision for the annual conference remains consistent with its origin. The priorities remain to keep the conference as a conversational forum, to sustain a climate for personal interaction, to feature leading professionals and top scholars and to provide information and new ideas that are useful and meaningful to conference participants.

Among this year’s featured speakers is Dr. Antonia Novello. The former U.S. Surgeon General will also be the recipient of the “Excellence in Crisis and Risk Communication Award.” This award will be presented annually to a prominent public figure who has demonstrated effective crisis and risk communication in a challenging situation.

Additionally, Don Stacks, Ph.D., will be receiving the Bridge Award for Excellence in Strategic Communication Research. Stacks, a professor of communication at the University of Miami, is also executive director of the International Public Relations Research Conference which has moved from Miami and will be hosted in Orlando.

To register for the ICRCC, please visit https://sciences.ucf.edu/communication/icrc/.

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