The 2016 International Crisis and Risk Communication (ICRC) Conference was held on March 7-9 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando (United States of America). There were over 150 participants, 5 keynote presentations and 27 session presentations from 11 countries. This event attracted specialists in risk communication from across the globe, and Griffith Asia Institute research student Wuqi Qiu had the unique distinction of being the only participant from China. Wuqi was the recipient of a Griffith Asia Institute HDR Conference and Travel Grant, which enabled him to attend this year’s conference. The annual conference is designed to facilitate interaction and discussion about crisis and risk communication among members of both the professional and academic research communities in interrelated fields.
Wuqi Qiu presented a paper based on his PhD research, “Risk Communication for Emergency Management of Pandemic Prevention Control in China” in the Global Challenges session. The presentation covered the preliminary comparison of the SARS and H7N9 prevention and control processes in China with a focus on risk communication. During the question and answer session following his presentation, he received feedback from other public health researchers and experts that will help to shape his thesis. The conference provided Wuqi with the opportunity to network and share his PhD research and public health experiences with international leaders in his field of study.