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EARTHQUAKES, COMPUTER CRASHES AND COVID-19 CAMPUS OUTBREAKS

AS UNIVERSITIES WELCOMED STUDENTS BACK TO CAMPUSES THIS AUTUMN, MANY TOWNS AND CITIES SAW A SURGE OF CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES AND UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION TEAMS BACK IN CRISIS MODE. HERE NIC MITCHELL FINDS OUT HOW EUPRIO MEMBERS FROM ACROSS EUROPE ARE MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ IN THE MIDST OF A SECOND WAVE OF THE CORONA VIRUS   Switching suddenly to online delivery for everything from teaching to open…

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Why scientists should help the media make sense of COVID

EUPRIO’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN TRIESTE, WHICH WAS DUE TO OPEN ON 30 AUGUST, HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC – BUT ITS THEME OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: HOW TO ENGAGE NOWADAYS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE RELEVANT, WRITES NIC MITCHELL   While EUPRIO members will have to wait until August 2021 before meeting again face-to-face for their next annual conference, there are plenty of excellent case…

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Moving the big events to the virtual environment

As universities responded to COVID-19 by moving online, Nic Mitchell looks at key lessons from a webinar on the rapid transformation of big events like open days and graduation ceremonies to the virtual environment and Christine Legrand reports from a French online discussion on communication challenges during and after the corona crisis   Campus doors slammed shut as the coronavirus spread across Europe. First in Italy on 22 February, and then…

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Sharing lessons as we communicate back to the “new normal”

We’ve all had good and bad experiences of continuing to communicate with our students, staff and other stakeholders in the middle of the coronavirus crisis and now is the ideal time to look at lessons learnt since the pandemic shut campuses and forced teaching and virtually everything else online   With the focus shifting to the “new normal” that we can expect at the start of the next academic year,…

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Communicating in a Covid crisis

Universities in Europe and across the world have overcome daunting communication challenges since the COVID-19 virus shuttered campuses and forced teaching online – and they face fresh obstacles in navigating to the ‘new normal’   The way countries and institutions reacted to the coronavirus has demonstrated that honest and timely communications can be vital in reassuring worried citizens that their interests are central to handling the crisis, writes Nic Mitchell.…

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New date for EUPRIO 2020 in Trieste

Università degli studi di Trieste

The EUPRIO Trieste annual Conference on Science Communication has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus. This is an update on our news blog, posted on 1 April, which said the conference was being put back from the end of August 2020 until the end of October 2020. But the impact of the virus has meant the face-to-face annual conference can not now take place this year and…

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When did you last do a social media audit?

When was the last time you audited all the social media accounts associated with your university? That’s not just the official accounts managed by EUPRIO members and your corporate communication colleagues, but also all those claiming to speak for the faculties as well as individuals with a link from your university’s web pages? A recent survey of 2,350 different European university website homepages, using the European higher education ETER project’s database,…

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