Connecting Australasia's Emergency Communications Professionals

EMPA's Webinar Series

For the last 15 years EMPA has brought together expert practitioners and researchers from around Australia, the US, New Zealand and Europe. They share frameworks and lessons learned – to stimulate thinking, encourage conversation and create change.

Following on from the popularity of webinars offered in 2020, EMPA presented a pair of free webinars from leading experts across the world in the lead up to the 2021 EMPA conference in Sydney. The 2021 Webinar series continues with the upcoming dates below. 

JULY 2022

Wednesday 27 July, 10:00-11:00 AM (AEST)  |  8:00-9:00 AM (AWST)  |  12:00-1:00 PM (NZDT)


EMPA Principle #3: Community Focussed Communication

People are the primary focus. We need to work with communities. We need to build communication policy, plans and practice that truly acknowledge the community’s capacity and complexity, their perspectives and priorities.

The webinar will be hosted by EMPA director, Rebecca Riggs, who will facilitate a discussion with a panel of experts in the industry.


Wednesday 27 April, 10:00-11:00 AM (AEST)  |  8:00-9:00 AM (AWST)  |  12:00-1:00 PM (NZDT)


Can our political leaders do better in emergencies? 

When disaster strikes, politicians and leaders are expected to rise to the occasion. Why do they so often get it wrong?

Dr Rose Williamson is the Senior Lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric at the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.

Who should attend? 

Communications professionals  |  Emergency response personnel  |  Response and recovery agencies  |  Public information managers  |  Public relations practitioners  |  Researchers  |  Social media specialists

EMPA's 2021 Webinar Series

29 April | 26 May | 23 June | 28 July | 25 August
29 September | 27 October | 24 November


EMPA's 2020 Webinar Series

4 August 2020 | 27 August 2020 | 1 October 2020