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Russian focus on visual communications gets EUPRIO backing

A web conference being organised by a Russian university is being supported by EUPRIO.

The webinar-style event will focus on visual communications in new media and is being hosted by Tomsk State University, from May 20-22, 2014.

EUPRIO’s President Denis Ancion said: “I’m delighted to accept an invitation for us to be an official information partner and hope EUPRIO members with expertise in this field will put themselves forward as presenters.

Conflicting pressures

“The digital conference will be looking at a very relevant subject area for university communicators. We know that with so many conflicting pressures on young people’s time it can be difficult to engage with them through traditional, or even written digital communications, and visual communications is often the answer.

“Technology available today offer great possibilities to reach key audiences and this ‘virtual conference’ will appeal to both communication practitioners and academics. I am sure it will be a great success.”

Visual communication

The conference titled ‘Visual Communication in New Media: Effects, Opportunities, Risks (Interdisciplinary Approach)’ follows the first ‘Connect-Universum’ event hosted by the University’s Department of Social Communication two years ago, which looked at the influence of new media on the consciousness and behaviour of young people.

Irina Kuzheleva-Sagan, head of the conference steering committee, said: “We are very pleased that EUPRIO is once again supporting us. Two years ago, your then President Pomati Paolo was one of our honorary experts.

“We are particularly keen to have presentations on areas such as ‘The Role of Visual Communication on the Net in Modern Education’ or ‘Visual Communication of Modern University as part of PR communication’.

Share experiences

“Everybody who deals with web and graphic design of university sites, communicating with target audiences via new media, creating special events and promoting them online, designing and using new media tools (application, programs for distant studying) and applying new media in everyday communication with students for education is welcome to share their experience.”

The format will be to broadcast live online first, with all the videos and materials made available later on the conference site http://connect-universum.com, via a YouTube channel. A report will also be published.

The organisers say they are looking for both academics and practitioners to make presentations.

All details should be available at connect-universum.com at the end of January, including the procedure for how to participate.

* To contact the organisers, email sagan99@mail.ru