Crisis6 2019 – Innovations in Risk & Crisis Communication

Crisis6LogoSmallLeeds Beckett University is looking forward to welcoming the ECREA Crisis Communication Section to the 6th International Crisis Communication Conference in 2019.

The conference will be Thursday 3 October- Saturday 5 October, 2019 in Leeds, United Kingdom.

This is our conference homepage. Be sure to come back for more information and deadline reminders.

2019 Conference Theme: Innovations in the Field of Risk & Crisis Communication

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 April, 2019 with notifications sent on or about 15 May, 2019.

Click here for more information on abstract submission. 

Click here to submit your abstracts. 

We are looking for an exploration of new approaches to theory, methodology, education and training, practice, as well as the intersection of technology in the context of risk and crisis. We are looking for cross-disciplinary work with communication, journalism, business, marketing, health, law politics, policing, cross-cultural research, education and training. We are inviting you to think about where the field has been and where it is can and should go. We would especially invite our practitioners to share their own experiences and best practices so that we can all learn from each other.

Traditional research presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations, and theme discussions will all be welcome. We will provide additional details and guidelines over the next several months.

If you have any questions or feedback about the conference, please contact Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson via email at or connect with us in our Facebook group — ‘ECREA Crisis Communication Section’. We have reminders and will post all information there as well.


We are planning three pre-conference activities.

Pre-conference 1:  Graduate Student Workshop — for graduate students, we will offer a workshop ahead of the conference. More details on the workshop will follow. The cost for the graduate workshop, inclusive of the simulation or social media workshop is £80. This will include lunches, tea, and snacks throughout the day as well as any materials for the workshop.

Pre-conference 2: Simulation Workshop — open to all conference participants. This half-day session will have you experience a crisis simulation, discuss integrating simulations into classroom and training, and recommendations for developing simulations with Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson. This will take place on Wednesday 2 October from 1pm-4pm and will include a buffet lunch. Cost £30 for full conference attendees.

Pre-conference 3: Social Media Analysis — open to all conference participants. This half-day session will provide an introduction to Twitter analysis by Daniel Vogler, the Head of Research for the Research Institute of  Public and Society at the University of Zurich. This will take place on Wednesday 2 October from 1pm-4pm and will include a buffet lunch. Cost £30 for full conference attendees.

Other Conference Information

We anticipate a full conference schedule on Thursday and Friday with a half-day on Saturday. Conference costs, inclusive of morning and afternoon snacks, teas, and coffees as well as a full hot buffet lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday:

  • Student (MA or PhD) Rate – £150
  • Early Bird Rate from 15 May to 31 July – £185
  • Full Rate from 1 August to 15 September – £220
  • Late registration from 15 September-3 October – £350

We will be hosting a reception on Thursday evening as well as the Cultural Event and Dinner on Friday. Costing and more details will be available ahead of conference registration.

Travel & Accommodation in Leeds

We will provide more details closer to the opening of registration. However, Leeds is an easy city to get to and with its compact city centre, is walkable from about anywhere in the city centre. There is also a good bus network in the city of Leeds. We would also recommend either Uber or Amber cabs for taxi — both have apps that you can download to your phones making taxi pick up easy. These are also the least expensive taxi options.

We recommend flying into either Leeds Bradford Airport directly or Manchester Airport. These offer the most convenience to Leeds. Generally, we would recommend against flying into London.

We will post posting more travel information about our official conference hotel and other hotels in the area to help you with your travel planning.

The Weather in Leeds


Let’s face it, you’re not coming for the sun :). However, the weather in early October is mild. Do bring umbrellas or raincoats — you should assume that there will be rain at some point while you are visiting us.