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.

Registration for the conference has opened. Register before 31 July in order to get the early bird discount. We accept credit card and bank transfers.

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

UPDATE: 13 May — Submissions for Crisis6 have now closed.

The submitting authors have all been notified. If you have not received your feedback and notification of acceptance to Crisis6, please let us know immediately. We are asking that all accepted abstracts confirm their planned attendance by 15 June.

We have received great submissions from 20 countries including: Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the  United States.

This conference will feature academics and practitioners exploring innovations in risk and crisis communication from artificial intelligence to responding to terrorism and everything in between. We have also planned a few special sessions:

  • Our keynote panel featuring a diverse group of speakers (details coming soon) who will share their experiences and insights in an increasingly global risk and crisis context. This will be followed by our reception on Thursday.
  • A special panel on whistleblowing in the context of a public company.
  • Workshops on simulation experience and development and social media analysis (details below).
  • A cultural event focusing on a ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ (cost is extra) on Friday night with a walking tour along with dinner and drinks celebrating the history and traditions in Yorkshire.

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.

Information About Our Conference Venue

All formal conference activities (inclusive of the graduate student workshop, all sessions, and the Thursday reception) will be located at The Studio conference venue in Leeds. Overlooking the city centre, the venue is centrally located near hotels, food/drink, and transport.

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.

More information is available on our conference hospitality page with hotel recommendations, things to do in Leeds, and recommendations for places to eat and drink. We will be adding more information over the summer and leading up to the conference.

Pre-Conference – Graduate Student Workshop

Pre-conference:  Graduate Student Workshop — for graduate students, we will offer a workshop ahead of the conference, featuring feedback and panel discussion leadership from Professor Dr. Ralph Tench of Leeds Beckett University (UK), Professor Dr. Stephen Croucher of Massey University (NZ), and Dr. Keri Stephens of the University of Texas at Austin (US). The cost for the graduate workshop, is £50 and will take place on Wedneday 2 October. Click here for full details and submission information.

Special Workshop Sessions

Included with your conference registration will be the choice of either a Simulation Workshop or Social Media Analysis Workshop. We ask that you register for them ahead of time just so that we can plan the workshop experiences. If you don’t register, you will be able to attend the sessions but will not be able to participate directly in them. You can register for the session of your choice when you complete your conference registration.

Workshop 1: Simulations  This session will have you experience a short crisis simulation, discuss integrating simulations into classroom and training, and recommendations for developing simulations with Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson.

Workshop 2: Social Media Analysis This  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.

Other Conference Information

We anticipate a full conference schedule on Thursday and Friday with a half-day on Saturday. As such, we would suggest arrival in Leeds on Wednesday. Conference costs, inclusive of the Thursday reception, 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
  • Taste of Yorkshire event – £45

For those arriving early enough on Wednesday, we will organise a no-host evening get together. More details to follow. If you are interested, please indicate that with your conference registration just so that proper reservations can be made.

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.