"Training courses on Communication in Emergency: dealing with Earthquakes and Tsunamis" 14-15th June 2022

14 Giugno 2022, 09:00

    Links & Instructions to get access to the 2-days event: 

    1. Digital Online Attendance on 14th June 2022 (9:00-10:45AM) : click here and register to the zoom call https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlf-mgqjkjH9dL7dqiJJ2h0wKQcxuVToHq 

    2. Physical Attendance in Tirana (Polis University Tirana) and in Pordenone “Live from Tirana” on 14-15th June 2022 (9:00 AM-18:00PM) - register in time on the link of event physical attendance

    https://forms.gle/ZBy8AMd3HdmscnBQA  (registration form to be filled by 10.06.2022 at the latest). 


    The COVID-19 pandemic evidenced the inadequate capacity of society at all levels in responding to emergency situations revealing a low awareness of the risk also due to the lack of a clear and shared institutional communication strategy. Inadequate unclear or contradictory communication was one of the factors that sometimes compromised the effectiveness of the measures adopted even in countries where emergency management plans and initiatives are in place. The challenge of adequate communication in emergency conditions was revealed in all its dramatic nature also on the occasion of the earthquakes sequence that struck Albania in September-November 2019 in that circumstance in fact the spread of scientifically unfounded news through the media and on the web contributed to increasing panic with dramatic consequences for the population. Moreover several earthquakes occurred in neighboring countries (e.g. Croatia, Greece) also during the COVID-19 emergency these last earthquakes although of moderate intensity highlighted the difficulty of managing multi-hazard contexts in an already critical framework. In such circumstances individual awareness based on solid long-term training and clear and reliable emergency communication plays a decisive role in enabling an adequate response by citizens. Citizens in fact are the first architects of their own safety and communication through media/social media can be used to properly guide their actions instead of letting them be guided by panic.

    Training Description 
    Within this project the Training School in particular it is intended to provide professionals in communication and first-responders involved in emergency management as well as scientists in their possible role of "information providers" the necessary background to put the basis for a common understanding and for adequate of scientific information to the population. The possibilities offered by "citizen science" namely the information provided by citizens towards improved risks assessment will be also explored. During the training school a specific module will be dealing on the usage of virtual reality as a compelling Media for Science Communication. In fact all participants will have the chance to immerse themselves in creative 3D virtual reality as one of the tools useful to raise awareness on natural hazards-related emergency situations. 

    The Training School will be held in English. 


    14 Giugno 2022

    Training Session 1 | The challenge of emergency management

    09:00 - 09:30
    Online & In presence
    Welcome by Invited Institutions/AuthoritiesWelcome by the Project Partners “Presentation of the Project”In presence in Tirana “Live from Tirana” in PordenoneProject Partners:Antonella Peresan Paola Rodari Ledio Allkja Eva Canevarolo

    Earthquakes and related uncertainties: what science can (or cannot) say

    09:30 - 10:15
    Online & In presence
    Antonella Peresan, Researcher OGS Carla Barnaba, Researcher OGS
    Description of earthquakes as a complex system. Understanding and communicating uncertainties and limits in their description (including uncertainties in location and magnitude estimates). What we can say (and what we cannot say) about earthquakes occurrence.

    How does a tsunami look like in the Adriatic?

    10:15 - 10:45
    Online & In presence
    Antonella Peresan Researcher OGS
    Description of the physical phenomenon and of the results of the simulations. Explain what is expected in the study area.

    Coffee Break

    10:45 - 11:15

    What can science do in case of an earthquake/tsunami?

    11:15 - 11:45
    Only in presence
    Chiara Scaini Researcher OGS
    An overview of how science can estimate expected impacts of earthquakes and tsunami on coastal areas.

    Good practices in emergency management

    11:45 - 12:30
    Aldo Primiero Invited Expert Civil protection of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region
    What happens in case of an earthquake or tsunami emergency? How alert and best practices work with examples for recent earthquakes.

    Lunch Break

    12:30 - 14:00

    Why earthquakes do occur in Albania and how to quantify the related hazard

    14:00 - 15:00
    Only in presence
    Sokol Marku Albanian Geological Survey Lecturer of geology in European University of Tirana
    Description of geological/geophysical/seismotectonic setting of Albania and surrounding region. From earthquake occurrence to seismic hazard estimates.

    Earthquake and tsunami risk mitigation: territorial planning

    15:00 - 15:45
    Only in presence
    Ledio Allkja Researcher Co-Plan
    Overview of earthquake (and tsunami) risk assessment in Albania, with special emphasis on coastal urban areas. The role of territorial planning in risk mitigation.

    Coffee Break

    15:45 - 16:15

    Challenges of emergency management during Albania events

    16:15 - 17:00
    Only in presence
    Klajdi Nikolla Director of International Project at National Agency of Civil Protection in Albania Local representative(s) of Albanian Civil Protection
    Current organization of Civil Protection in Albania. Experience in emergency management acquired during the recent earthquakes in 2019.

    Round table - "Challenges for mitigating earthquake and tsunami risk: from science to emergency management"

    17:00 - 17:50
    Only in presence
    1 Moderator 2 Discussants All participants
    QA and Discussion

    Wrap-up, questions and remarks

    17:50 - 18:00
    Only in presence
    All participants
    15 Giugno 2022

    Training Session 2 | The challenge of communicating risks and emergency

    09:00 - 10:40
    Only in presence (restricted part.)
    Basics in journalism: how science becomes a news. Challenges and best practices in science communication.Presentation and workshop.Paola RodariCommunication Trainer, SISSA Medialab

    Coffee Break

    10:40 - 11:00

    Between science literacy and science citizenship: communicating earth science and seismology

    11:00 - 11:30
    Only in presence (restricted part.)
    Paola Rodari Communication Trainer SISSA Medialab

    Challenges and best practices of communication in emergency - Case studies on the Albania experience.

    11:30 - 12:30
    Only in presence (restricted part.)
    Paola Rodari Communication Trainer SISSA Medialab
    Round table

    Recent experience in communication in emergency: the 2019 Albania earthquake and other cases

    14:00 - 14:45
    Only in presence
    Local experts in communication (Journalists and other experts/scientists)
    Presentation and discussion of the communication in the case of recent events in Albania. Examples, also from other countries (e.g. Croatia, Greece).

    Earthquakes and tsunami: how virtual reality can help understanding risks?

    14:45 - 15:30
    Only in presence
    Co-Plan & Polo Tecnologico
    VR realities and tools are wide used in entertainment, tourism, empathy and behavior research, and are becoming a unique opportunity to think differently about how information can be presented. Therefore, the potential of VR simulation as engaging features to explore science stories is tremendous. Seismic and tsunami risks into VR. Immersive visualization (VR) will foster discussion.

    Coffee Break

    15:30 - 16:00

    Wrap-up Round table - "Challenges and new opportunities for communicating earthquake and tsunami risk "

    16:00 - 17:00
    Only in presence
    2 Discussants All participants
    QA and Discussion

    Network for Innovative Communication in Emergency between Italy and Albania

    17:00 - 17:30
    Only in presence
    Invited Authorities Project Partners
    Memorandum of Understanding with Representatives Local Authorities and Project Partners

    Closing remarks

    17:30 - 18:00
    Project Partners
    Participation is possible partially online and in presence at Polis University Tirana and in presence “Live from Tirana” at Polo Tecnologico Alto Adriatico Andrea Galvani Pordenone. The event is open to practitioners scientific and technical experts in communication (e.g., journalists and media officers in general) including first-responders and decision-makers involved in emergency management researchers engineers territorial planners as well as citizens from Albania. Participation of young professionals and students from relevant University courses is encouraged.
    The participation is free of charge. In Pordenone, food & beverage are not guaranteed. 

    “Live” – in Albania, Polis University, Tirana
    “Live from Tirana” – in Italy, Polo Tecnologico Alto Adriatico Andrea Galvani, Pordenone

    In presence Application deadline: 31st May 2022, deadline extended on 10th June 2022!

    Apply through this form as above: https://forms.gle/ZBy8Amd3HdmscnBQA

    Certificates of attendance will be issued to participants upon request.


    For further information:

    Ledio Allkja / Rea Muka (CoPlan, Tirana)

    phone: +355683336767

    email: ledio_allkja@co-plan.org; co-plan@co-plan.org; rea_muka@co-plan.org

    or email for online attendances: Eva Canevarolo (Polo AA) eva.canevarolo@poloaa.it

    POLO AA presentation

    OGS presentation

    SISSA MEDIA LAB presentation

    CO-PLAN presentation