Purpose of the Conference

The ICRC Conference was designed to facilitate interaction and discussion about crisis and risk communication among members of both the professional and academic research communities.

The concept for an international crisis and risk communication conference was created by the conference convener, Dr. Robert C. Chandler, and his work in crisis and risk communication applied research. It became apparent that research scholars tended to “talk with” and interact predominately with other research scholars at academic conferences and meetings. Likewise, professionals seemed to be sharing with other professionals in a variety of conventions, expos and trade shows driven by vendor sales.  There was a need for expanded idea sharing and conversations to create a new synergy that engaged the perspectives of both practitioners and academics.

Further recognizing that issues surrounding crisis and risk communication are not limited by national boundaries, it seemed that connecting international professionals and research scholars was key to enriching the conversation. The goal to create a “place and space” where a global audience of professionals and academics could comfortably gather was the motivation to convene the annual international crisis and risk communication conference.

The vision for the annual ICRC 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.

Reasons to Attend

  • Professional Development: Learn about the latest research findings in crisis and risk communication.
  • Solutions: Discover best practices for implementing a crisis management plan and managing a crisis.
  • Network: Connect with the world’s leading communication researchers, academics and practitioners in an energized learning environment.
  • Practical: Gain valuable peer relationships and attain applicable practices that can be implemented immediately.