Deadline approaching: CfP IAMCR Environment, Science and Risk Communication 2016 Leicester

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Call for submissions
February 15, 2016

The IAMCR Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group invites submissions of abstracts for papers for the 2016 IAMCR conference to be held from July 27-31 July, 2016 at the University of Leicester in the UK. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016.

Conference theme: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward"

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The conference will be held under the general theme, ‘Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward’. The general conference theme is highly relevant to the Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group. We encourage the submission of papers that either focus on memory, colonialism and historic events or focus on an evaluation of where the field of science and environment communication is coming from and where the field is heading. However, papers from the full range of environment-science-risk-communication topics and perspectives will be welcomed and considered.

Key themes for the Leicester sessions of the Working Group will include:

  • Media and democratic debate and citizenship in risk politics
  • Media, advocacy and environmental pressure groups
  • Environmental activism and new media
  • Depoliticized and politicized uses/constructions of science, nature and the environment
  • Media and global environmental change and controversy
  • Uneven access to technological, political and social capital in the context of science/environment/risk communication
  • Media-communication roles in environmental crises and disasters
  • Visual media constructions of the environment
  • Global news and information flows in environmental communication
  • Environmental crises, corporate spin and news management
  • Science and health-related media panics
  • Science/environmental journalism
  • Media and public understanding of science/environment issues

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words and will generally be evaluated on the basis of: 1) theoretical contribution, 2) methods, 3) quality of writing, 4) literature review, 5) relevance of the submission to the work of the working group, and 6) originality and/or significance of the work. Each proposal must include a clear title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address of the author(s). Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.

Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System from 1 December 2015 – 15 February 2016. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.

Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to Section, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 February 2016.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the Working Group Head on 1 April 2016.

Submission of completed papers by June 30, 2015.

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 1 December 2015 Open Computer System (OCS) available for abstract submission
  • 15 February 2016 Deadline for submissions
  • 1 April 2016 Notification of acceptances of abstracts
  • 15 April 2016 Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards
  • 28 April 2016 Deadline to confirm your participation
  • 20 May 2016 Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee
  • 30 June 2016 Deadline for full paper submission
  • 7 July 2016 Final conference programme published on the website
  • 27-31 July 2016 IAMCR 2016 Conference

Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group


Chair: Pieter Maeseele, University of Antwerp, Belgium (pieter.maeseele(at)

Vice-Chairs: Dorothee Arlt, University of Bern, Switzerland (dorothee.arlt(at), Anders Hansen, University of Leicester, UK (ash(at)