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Division 1: Environment, Science and Risk Communication

Chair: Mette Marie Roslyng
mmroslyng [at]

Co-Chair: Arko Olesk
arko.olesk [at]

Abstracts for individual papers, download here (pdf)

Abstracts for panels, download here (pdf)

Programme for Division 1: Environment, Science and Risk Communication 

Thursday, 17 August 

15.30-18.00 Session 1:Science and Environment in the Media 

Room D13

Chair:Mette Marie Roslyng 

MikkelEskjær(Aalborg University Copenhagen)
Environmental news or climate change news: Does it matter for media users? 

GørilBorgenEide(Oslo University of Applied Sciences)
Scientist sources in Norwegian climate summit reporting: Access, roles and moral stands.
Discussants:KlasBackholmand SteenSteensen

ArkoOlesk(Tallinn University)
Media’s uncritical love affair with a research group: Implications for media and science.


Short break (5 min) 



Anna MariaJönsson (Södertörn University),Kajsa-Stina Benulic (Södertörn University)& Annika Egan Sjölander (Umeå University)
Meat meets media: Public participation in the environmental news discourse. 

Mette Marie Roslyng (Aalborg University Copenhagen)
Representations of mental illness and stigmatisation in the media.
Discussant: Liisa Sömersalu


Friday, 18 August 

10.15-12.00 Sesssion 2: PanelModels and recommendations for key communicators’ use of social media in crises

Room A2b

Panel discussants and co-chairs:ArkoOleskand Mette Marie Roslyng 

SteenSteensen,ElsebethFrey, RuneOttosen, HaraldHornmoen& MarieKonow Lund (Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences)
Social media and situational awareness during terrorist attacks. Recommendations for crisis communication. 

KlasBackholm, (University of Helsinki), JoachimHögväg& JennyLindholm (Åbo Akademi University)
Securing situational awareness in technical innovations for crisis journalism. 

EvaGoldgruber, Susanne Sacki-Sharif, Robert Gutounig (FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Graz) & Julian Ausserhofer (Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin)
“When the levee breaks”: Recommendations for social media crisis communication during environmental disasters. 

HaraldHornmoen (HIOA) & ColinMcInnes (Aberystwyth University)
Models and recommendations for social media communication during pandemic risks. 


14.15-15.15 Session 3:Reacting to Disasters

Room A2b


AnnaRantasila (University of Tampere)
“They should have dealt with it already!” Expert interviews in YLE news coverage of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. 
Discussants: HaraldHornmoen 

NataliaNovikova(University of Tsukuba)
The process of radiationsense-makingin Japanese post-Fukushima blogosphere. 


15.45-17.15Session 4: Media, Environment and Participationin the Public Sphere 

Room A2b

Chair: Mette Marie Roslyng 

YuliyaLakew(Örebro University)
Youth’senvironmental engagement: Does communication context matter? 

LiisaSömersalu(Södertörn University)
A coffee-house or an echo chamber?:Facebook groups as spaces for citizen engagement about environmental issues. 

JarkkoKangas (University of Tampere)
The colours of the sky: The visual articulation of eco-modernist ideas in climate change imagery. 
Discussant:Anna MariaJönsson& Annika Egan Sjölander

Saturday, 19 August

Room A32

11.00-12.00 Business meeting for Division 1


Call for abstracts and panels

The Division of Environment, Science and Risk Communication highlights how issues and problems of the environment, science and risk are debated, represented and contested in public spheres through various layers of communicative processes. Media cultures, media institutions and media texts play an increasing and changing role in understanding how societies make sense of environmental problems and other social and natural risks. This leads to questions of how new technologies encourage or preclude public, democratic debates on science and the environment. Increasing digitalisation in communication technologies may influence access to and distribution of information and debates. When publics engage in conflicts over environment, science and risk, new forms of democratic participation may be aided (or restricted) by new and traditional forms of media.

The division welcomes contributions that present research into how media represent, frame or construct scientific and environmental issues as well as studies on communicative practices amongst and between stakeholders, political actors and media actors/institutions. This includes a focus on citizen engagements, democracy and power in environmental and scientific communication and studies of public perceptions of science and risk. Interdisciplinary contributions are welcome, as are contributions from a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives.

This division accepts both panel proposals and abstracts for individual papers.

Panel proposals must contain a description of the panel theme, the abstracts of the contributing papers, as well as contact information of the panel chair and authors.
Please see more guidelines for panels.

Abstracts of individual papers must contain the author’s contact information.
Please see more guidelines for abstracts, papers and presentations.

A discussant will be assigned to each accepted paper in order to provide quality feedback, consequently everyone presenting in the division might be asked to act as a discussant.
Please see more guidelines for discussants.

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