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 in interrelated fields.
The concept for an international crisis and risk communication conference was created when it was observed 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. It was identified that 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.
The International Crisis & Risk Communication (ICRC) Conference is held annually on the University of Central Florida campus. The information provided is valuable and the networking opportunities are abundant.