[PCST] SciCom 10 Vienna: Risk communication - Call for Papers

Markus.Arnold at uni-klu.ac.at Markus.Arnold at uni-klu.ac.at
Wed Jul 14 02:09:53 CEST 2010

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Dear Colleagues

We would like to draw your attention on our conference on science
communication with the title "Qualified information or fond media
spectacle? Risk communication in the tension area of interests".  Please
find attached our call for papers including information about the

Markus Arnold


Ao.Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Markus Arnold

Institut für Wissenschaftskommunikation & Hochschulforschung 
IFF - Fakultät für interdisziplinaere Forschung & Fortbildung |
Universitaet Klagenfurt in Wien

Institute for Science Communication & Higher Education Research 
Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF) | University of Klagenfurt
in Vienna

Schottenfeldgasse 29, Stiege 1, A-1070 Wien
Tel. +43-1-522 40 00-524
Fax: +43-1-522 40 00-577

Call for Papers

SciCom10 - Qualified information or fond media spectacle?
Risk communication in the tension area of interests

November 10th to 12th 2010, Vienna University of Technology

Third international and transdisciplinary conference on science
communication in Austria

We would very much appreciate your contribution to the conference. 
Please submit your paper until August 30th 2010.

To get more detailed information please visit the conference website

Main issues

The wide-spread discussion on the internationally intense media
coverage of the swine flu - which literally made an elephant out of a
gnat - on the one hand, and on the low-key communication of the animal
experiments of the Medical University of Innsbruck beside a crowded ski
trail - on the other hand, give reason to focus this conference on risk
communication. Particularly, the following issues should be covered:

(1) Players of risk communication in the tension field of their
specific interests
How are which players or groups acting and in whose interest (science,
media, politics, economy, NGOs, research institutions, ethics
commissions etc)? Which rules, inherent to the respective systems, are
linked to these interests and enable or disable accurate risk
communication? How does the basic right to information relate to the
protection of the public against panic mongering (see swine flu)? Which
role do the media play within this tension field of dramatization and
pacification? Which the scientists, politics, economy, and the civil

(2) Communication of ethic sensitive research topics
How and where are ethic sensitive and socially heavy discussed science
topics communicated? How “scientific” is risk communication? Out of
the perspective of science, how and what should be communicated about
controversial research issues or disasters (animal experiments, stem
cell research, genetic engineering, doping, food security, climate
change, nature disasters, technological impact assessment etc.)? Which
significance do ethic and political aspects have in risk communication?
Which social networks like facebook and twitter as broad means of mass
communication with a rapid uncontrollable self-dynamics?

Submissions on other current issues of science communication are
appreciated as well.

Target groups

The call for papers addresses to scientists as well as to media
representatives, science journalists, science communicators, scholars,
policy makers, students, and every other person operating between
science, media, education and cultural work.  


The conference languages are German and English. Please submit your
contribution in form of speeches, discussion rounds, workshops, or any
other form of demonstration. Interactive and dialog orientated formats
are highly appreciated. 
Furthermore, there is the possibility to present a whole panel. In that
case you have to organise a two-hour program in course of the
conference. Please outline a first draft in your submission.   


Submissions have to be sent to office at science2public.at or as printout
to science2public, Stiftgasse 21/16, 1070 Vienna not later than August
30th 2010!
Your submission has to include:

Ø	Title of your contribution 
Ø	Abstract (limited to 2500 characters)
Ø	If you submit a panel, please outline a first draft 
Ø	Short CV & photo (jpg.)
Ø	List of publications (selection)

All submitted papers will be evaluated based on content, form and
adequacy for the conference. Authors of accepted contributions will be
informed till September 6th 2010.  

Your submitted documents (title, abstract, CV, photo etc.) will be
published in the conference agenda, on the website www.scicom.co.at and
in other conference related promotion material. If applicable the
presentations will be recorded during the conference. These recordings
are subjected to the same terms of licence as the submitted texts and
If there is any reason which preclude such publication or recording
please contact 
Lydia Steinmassl at steinmassl at science2public.at. 


SciCom10 takes place at the Vienna University of Technology (Karlsplatz
13, 1040 Vienna). The University is in close proximity of public
transportation: metro U2, U4 and U1 take you directly to the conference.
For more information please visit the website of Vienna’s public
transport: www.wienerlinien.at. 

Important dates 

Submission deadline: August 30th 2010 (11:59 pm) 
Information about acceptation or refusal: September 6th 2010
SciCom10: November 10th to 12th 2010

Conference Committee

Susanne Schwinghammer (science2public)
Markus Arnold & Gert Dressel (Institute for Science Communication and
Higher Education Research, University of Klagenfurt)
Bettina Neunteufl & Ingeborg Sperl (Uni.PR - Association for the
promotion of public relations in the Austrian Universities)

Contact and further information

Lydia Steinmassl
steinmassl at science2public.at 
T +43 (0) 1 890 4283 12
M +43 (0) 676 564 7085

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