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Euprera Brussels Congress - 15.06.2014
Programme, keynote speakers and publication of papers

Register now to our annual congress, taking place on September 11-13, 2014, in Brussels!

Early registration fees are available until July 11th and Euprera members will benefit of a further discount. Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to register before July 11. More details on programme, keynote speakers and publication opportunities here below.

The programme

The Euprera 2014 meeting in Brussels will be an exciting experience for all people interested in the most recent advances in PR and communication studies.

Two keynotes by Prof. Ronald Arnett and Prof. Günter Bentele will open and close the congress with two inspiring speeches on ethics and communication. More than 60 papers selected by the scientific committee will be presented in three different parallel sessions during the three days of the congress.

Thursday evening, two panels including top-level communicators and academics will discuss crucial issues: ethics in communication practices today, and the tension between transparency and privacy in a European context. Friday afternoon we will applaud the best papers and the best final dissertations of students at master and bachelor levels.

A stimulating social program will conclude the congress on Saturday afternoon, including the visit to the world-known Magritte Museum. Finally, the traditional Euprera doctoral seminar will allow to a group of PhD students to meet and discuss their works.

Keynote speakers

Our congress welcomes two internationally renowned specialists of communication ethics. Prof. Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D, is chair and professor of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence at Duquesne University (USA). He is the author of many books and more than eighty scholarly articles and essays on the subject of ethics in communication and religious studies. Among the many different honours he received, we remember only that he was named both Centennial Scholar of Communication and Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association in 2009.

Prof. Günter Bentele, Ph. D., is Full Professor for Public Relations at the University of Leipzig and hold the first chair for Public Relations in the German speaking countries. He is author, co-author, editor and co-editor of about 40 books, he wrote more than 180 scientific articles in the fields of public relations, communication theory, journalism and semiotics. Between 1995 and 1998 he was president of the German Communication Association, and he has been president of Euprera. In 2004 he was named “PR personality of the year” in Germany by the German Public Relations Association (DPRG).

Publication of papers

For many Euprera members we are approaching our somewhat contradictory busiest and quietest time of the academic year. For some of us it is a period when our students complete their studies and we eventually clear our desks of marking. However this is also a pressurised and yet productive time for completing research, conference papers and presentations. With just a few months now until the next Euprera Congress in Brussels, many of you will be making those final amendments to your papers.

And from all these efforts a question we are frequently asked is where will my paper be published? The good news for Euprera Congress authors is that we have developed a clear structure for potential publication of the best papers developed for the Congress each year. We have firstly the Congress Book which is edited each year by the head of the scientific committee, the President and the Congress organiser. For 2013 this edited book was titled ‘The Changing Profession of Public Relations’, published by Peter Lang. We are currently editing the manuscript for the Barcelona Congress.

The second publishing opportunity each year is with the Euprera Congress affiliated journal, the Journal of Communication Management. Each year the top eight papers from the review process are submitted to the editor for consideration within the journal as a special issue or included within future issues. As many of you will recognize the timescales for publication in the journal are longer than for the Congress book owing to the review process and the editorial demands for space within the journal. However this is an excellent partnership and again a valuable avenue for publication.

So we have some high profile and prestigious publishing opportunities for Euprera members who submit work for the Congress each year. This makes all the effort and commitment during this busy European summer period worthwhile. Good luck those of you submitting for Brussels 2014 and thinking caps on if you are instead looking forward to submitting for the Congress in 2015!

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