Successful ICA for ACHC members

Published on June 16, 2023 – The 73nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Toronto, Canada from 25 to 29 May 2023 was very successful for our group. Several ACHC members were awarded for their work. 

Prof. Julia van Weert has been induced as a Fellow of the ICA. This fellowship is the most significant distinction that can be given for distinguished scholarship to the broad communication field, after an extensive nomination procedure and majority ‘yes’ votes from current Fellows. With this recognition, Van Weert officially belongs to the top of international communication science. She was praised for her extensive contributions to the field of health communication and the health communication division of ICA.

Several other members received awards.

First, Shreya Dubey, Marijn Meijers, Eline Smit, Edith Smit won a top paper in Environmental Communication, entitled “Green Communities: Identifying Twitter Networks Based on Online Environmental Behaviours”.

In addition, Minh Hao Nguyen, together with Sarah Geber and Moritz Butzi, won a top paper in Mobile Communication for their paper “Should I Stay (Online) or Should I Go (Offline)? How Conflicting Norms of Disconnection and Availability Correlate With Mobile Media Use Across Generations”.

Last, Christin Scholz was recognized with no less than two best papers in Communication Science and Biology. The first one with Hang-Yee Chan was entitled “When Public Health Campaigns Warn You, but Your Friends Like to Drink: Neural Mechanisms of Decision-Making in Complex Information Environments”. The second one was a collaboration with Danielle Cosme, Hang-Yee Chan, Rebecca E. Martin, Christian Benitez, Anthony Resnick, José Carreras-Tartak, Nicole Cooper, Alexandra Paul and Emily B. Falk, which resulted in the paper “Neural and Behavioral Evidence that Message Self and Social Relevance Motivate Content Sharing”.

ACHC members also took up new roles within ICA: Gian Hernandez was installed as ECR and student representative health communication, and Minh Hao Nguyen as Member of Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC).

A complete overview of all presentations can be found here.