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March 1, 2013

International Conference on "Public Alerting and Social Media during Crisis and Disasters" (October 30 - November 1, 2013)


The International Emergency Management Society TIEMS, in cooperation with the Opti-Alert project coordinator Fraunhofer FOKUS and the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), is organising an international conference on Public Alerting and Social Media during Crisis and Disasters, which will be held in Berlin, Germany on October 30 - November 1, 2013. The conference will take place at Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, Kaiserin Augusta Allee 31, 10589 Berlin.

The conference will bring together political and administrative decision makers, researchers and specialists in the field of risk management, industry representatives, authorities, and others interested in the use of social media for crisis communication.

The purpose of the conference is to present and discuss new findings in the field of public alerting that involve the use of social media in emergency and crisis situations and to work out recommendations for improving crisis communication.

The main topics that will be discussed during the conference are:

-      Alerting methods and techniques

-      Dissemination of the Opti Alert project results and recommendations on public alerting

-      Different social media and their characteristics and potential usefulness

-      Opportunities and challenges with social media in crisis and disasters – case studies

-      Future developments and expectations of public alerting and social media

-      Other relevant topics related to public alerting and use of social media in crisis and disasters

We invite submissions of abstracts (less than 300 words) for papers and posters that relate to the themes of the conference. Abstracts or posters should be submitted electronically to the TIEMS conference organizer, Mr Kåre Harald Drager, until June 30, 2013.

For more details regarding the submission of abstracts and posters please click here.

For more information and registration see the conference website at

All interested parties are kindly invited to attend and participate in this conference.


January 16, 2013

Workshop on "Safety and Security Systems for the Public and Industries" (March 7, 2013)


The Opti-Alert project coordinator, Fraunhofer FOKUS, organizes a workshop on "Safety and Security Systems for the Public and Industries". The workshop will be hosted by the 11th International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ISADS 2013), March 6-8, 2013, in Mexico City. It will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 12:40 PM to 14:10 PM at:

School of Engineering
Universidad Panamericana
Augusto Rodin 498
Insurgentes Mixcoac

03920 Mexico D.F. MEXICO

During the course of the workshop, the following presentations will be held by researchers from Fraunhofer FOKUS:

1. Diffusion of Emergency Warnings via Multi-Channel Communication Systems - An empirical analysis (by Prof. Dr. Michael Klafft)

2. Privacy-Aware and Distributed System Design for Personalized Alerting (by Hans Georg Ziegler and Prof. Dr. Michael Klafft)

All interested parties are invited to attend and participate in this workshop.



First project info by Fraunhofer ISST

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