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24.10.2017

Crisis Communication in Lisbon: Opening of the Fifth Part of the Conference Series Founded in Ilmenau

Dr. Andreas Schwarz with Prof. Timothy Coombs

Crisis5 Conference in Lisbon

Lisbon, 19/10/2017. On October 19, the Crisis5 conference entitled "Risk and Crisis Communication in the Digital Age" started in Lisbon at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. About 70 international crisis communication experts from science and practice attended the conference. In the course of 45 lectures, the latest research results on the organization and effect of crisis and disaster communication were discussed. Professor Timothy Coombs (Texas A&M University, USA) held the keynote speech of this year's conference on the subject of "Social-Fication of Crisis Communication". The subsequent discussion was guided by Dr. Andreas Schwarz (TU Ilmenau, Germany). Moreover, Schwarz presented a study on the crisis communication of German universities during the conference and moderated a PhD workshop with Timothy Coombs.

At the opening, Dr. Andreas Schwarz pointed to the founding of the conference series in Ilmenau in 2009, which was organized by him and Professor Martin Löffelholz with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). The conference series is also part of the Crisis Communication section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) which was founded in 2011 by Andreas Schwarz, Winni Johansen (Aarhus University) and Alessandra Mazzei (IULM University Milan) and has about 150 members by now.