Fourth COSMIC Workshop in Turkey

Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and Response

International Workshop

Location: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul

Date: September 4, 2014; Thursday

Schedule: Below is the presentations schedule for the workshop. Please note that this is a tentative schedule with some potential additions pending. Please also note that there will be simultaneous translation during the workshop (Turkish-English, English-Turkish).

08:00 - 08:30

Workshop Registration and Coffee Service

08:30 - 08:45

Introduction to the COSMIC Project - Ioannis Kotsiopoulos

08:45 - 10:15

Opening Speakers


Patrick Meier, iRevolution

Farida Vis, The University of Sheffield

10:15 - 11:45

Citizen Reporting


Hurricanes and hashtags: How the media and NGOs treat citizens’ voices online in humanitarian emergencies

Glenda Cooper, Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, City University London


Social and ethical considerations about the use of social media during a political crisis: The case of the Penguins’ Revolution in Chile

Paola Costa Cornejo and Caroline Rizza, Télécom ParisTech


Content of citizen reporting during emergencies

Lemi Baruh and Haluk Mert Bal, Koç University

11:45 - 12:00

Coffee Service

12:00 - 13:30

Citizen Sourced Information and Communication


Towards citizen Seismology

Rémy Bossu, Euro-Med Seismological Centre


Generative activity: Crowdsourcing and the folksonomy of emergency response

Gregory Asmolov, London School of Economics and Political Science


Ethical considerations of citizens’ use of ICTs in emergency response

Hayley Watson, Trilateral Research & Consulting and Lemi Baruh, Koç University


Bridging online and offline action: Communication networks and activism

Zeynep Günel and Gökçe Karaoğlu, Koç University

13:30 - 14:15

Lunch Service

14:15 - 15:45

Involving the Public in Emergency Communication I


Community involvement in emergency planning: Lessons from outreach campaign of The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

Christina Spoons, Walden University


Engaging citizens in emergency preparedness and response: Comparative analysis of response organizations in Turkey, Italy, Greece

Alex Papadimitriou, Hellenic Rescue Team and Salvatore Scifo, Yusuf Salman, Koç University


Social media & the police: An investigation into the needs of Generation Einstein for the deployment of social media by the police in the Netherlands

Anja Hoog Antink, National Police of the Netherlands

15:45 - 16:00

Coffee Service

16:00 - 17:30

Involving the Public in Emergency Communication II


Networking of alternative communication tools with public communication infrastructures in emergencies by volunteers

Aziz Sasa, TRAC HQ


Citizen engagement and disaster response: Case of AKUT

Çağlar Akgüngör, AKUT


Guidelines for public information during a crisis

Pat Mendonca, NATO, Civil Emergency Planning Committee


And what does it all amount to? Discussing first ideas for guidelines for the use of social media in crisis

Ira Helsloot and Astrid Scholtens, Crisis Lab

Workshop Webpage: You can follow new updates regarding the workshop from the Koç University-MiXLab and the COSMIC online pages.
Registration: If you have not yet registered, please do so from this link. Registration is free.
Workshop Venue: The workshop will take place in the Koç University, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC).Please note that the research center is NOT in the main campus but is in city center (close to Taksim Square). Below is the address for the location: 
Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations
İstiklal Caddesi No: 181 Merkez Han 34433 Beyoğlu
For Google Maps, click here. Please note that the Google Map provides the accurate location but not the accurate entrance. The entrance to the building will be from Istiklal Caddesi (Avenue). 
Publication in special issue of Interactions: Studies in Communication & CultureSelected papers will be published in Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture. The style guide is available here. For this special issue, manuscripts should be 6500 words maximum (including title, abstract, main text, tables, figures, notes, and references). The deadline for submitting the full paper for the special issue is August 15, 2014. Submissions should be sent to Salvatore Scifo ( with the subject line "COSMIC Special Issue Manuscript".   
If you have any further questions (including inquiries about where to stay), please feel free to contact us at:
As COSMIC and as Koç University-MiXLAB, we are looking forward to seeing you all Istanbul.