Deadline approaching: CfP IAMCR Environment, Science and Risk Communication 2017 Cartagena

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Call for submissions
February 9, 2017

Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group Call for Papers

The Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panels for the 2017 IAMCR conference to be held from 16-20 July in Cartagena, Colombia.

The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 9 February 2017.

The conference will be held under the general theme, ‘Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses’. The general conference theme is highly relevant to the Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group. We encourage the submission of papers that focus on how new actors stand up to challenge established social, political, economic, scientific and media actors on techno-environmental issues and thereby define ‘politics’ and ‘media’ as spaces of participation rather than representation. What does this imply for theories (and methodologies) on communication and democracy with regards to science and the environment?

However, papers from the full range of environment-science-risk-communication topics and perspectives will be welcomed and considered.

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

  • Democratic debate and citizenship in risk politics
  • Media, advocacy and environmental pressure groups
  • Environmental activism and new media
  • Social and political uses/constructions of science, nature and the environment
  • Media and global/local 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/local 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
  • Public engagement in science/environment issues offline and online
  • Comparative environmental communication

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be between 300 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 at from 1 December 2016 – 9 February 2017. 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 9 February 2017.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the Working Group Head 3 April 2017.

Submission of completed papers via IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) no later than June 26, 2017.

Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group:

Chair: Pieter Maeseele (, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Vice-Chairs: Dorothee Arlt (, University of Bern, Switzerland, and Anders Hansen ( ), University of Leicester, UK