Fighting pandemics with enhanced risk communication

Monday 12 September 2022 09:00-15:45,
Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel.

A conference about messages, compliance and vulnerability during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Monday September 12th 2022, 09:00-15:45 plus social event


Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo, Norway

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For conference presentations, please see programme further below.

Ung kvinne med ansiktsmaske ved hjelp av mobiltelefon og kjøpe dagligvarer i supermarkedet under viruspandemi.

On September 12th, the University of Stavanger hosted a conference to mark the conclusion of PAN-FIGHT – a two-year international research project that has investigated authorities’ pandemic risk communication strategies and people’s compliance in five European countries. The purpose of PAN-FIGHT has been to identify correlations between risk communication and social vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our research teams in Norway, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have investigated how different population groups in these countries have translated risk communication into adjustments of their daily routines during the pandemic. At the conference, we were joined by keynote speakers Anders Tegnell, Bent Høie, Camilla Stoltenberg and Lars Schaade. In addition to the research team presenting project findings and recommendations for improved risk communication strategies, researcher and practitioner panels discussed knew knowledge and lessons learned in the wake of the pandemic. See programme below for further details and presentations.

Keynote speakers

Anders Tegnell

State epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Sweden

Bent Høie

County governor and former Norwegian Minister of health and welfare

Camilla Stoltenberg

Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Lars Schaade

Vice President of the Robert Koch Institute in Germany

Fighting pandemics with enhanced risk communication

Conference programme

Click on titles in the programme for presentation slides.

 Moderator morning sessionOle Andreas Engen
09:00Welcome, presentation of project with WP teams, and purpose of conferenceKristin Scharffscher
09:15Presentation of main PAN-FIGHT findingsKristin Scharffscher
09:45Keynote I: What is the post-COVID meaning of risk and the ‘precautionary principle’?Anders Tegnell
10:05Keynote II: Messages, trust and compliance in pre-vaccine GermanyLars Schaade
10:25Panel discussion: Risk communication and new knowledge in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Chaired by Frederic Bouder
Ortwin Renn
Frederic Bouder
Mathilde Bourrier
Geir Sverre Braut
11:15Coffee break 
11:40Health risk communication in ‘high-end’ European countries during the pre-vaccine COVID-19 pandemicFarnaz Mahdavian
11:55Risk perception and compliance: A matter of information or situation?Frederic Bouder
12:10Gender, age and vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemicSanjana Arora and Hulda Mjøll Gunnarsdottir
12:25 Presentation of main PAN-FIGHT recommendationsKristin Scharffscher + team
 Moderator afternoon sessionHulda Mjøll Gunnarsdottir
14:05Keynote III: Pandemic risk communication from a governance perspectiveBent Høie
14:25Keynote IV: Pandemic risk communication from a public health perspectiveCamilla Stoltenberg
14:45Coffee break 
14:55Panel and plenary discussion: National contingency policies, strategies and practices: Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic Chaired by Evangelia PetridouBent Høie
Camilla Stoltenberg
Anders Tegnell
Lars Schaade
15:35Summary and final remarksOrtwin Renn
15:45Reception with refreshmentsAll


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