Tim Van Achte
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Tim Van Achte

Tim Van Achte is a crisis strategist, adviser, researcher and developer who specialised in crisis management, crisis intelligence, external perception analysis and sentiment analysis for companies and governments facing a crisis. At PM he is an experienced consultant on simulations for crisis management teams, social media strategies and the use of innovative tools in crisis management. He developed the CIP Simulator, the digital training platform for realistic crisis simulations used all over Europe.

Tim is an active and engaged member of the award winning Federal Belgian Crisis Communications Response Team (Team D5). He is also an author and guest lecturer in crisis intelligence, information management and the role of social media in a crisis. He has done interactive guest lectures at various Belgian universities such as Antwerp Management School, University of Antwerp, Campus Vesta, Thomas More, KU Leuven and PIVO Vlaams-Brabant. Tim is also co-founder of CIP Institute, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the field of crisis.

As independent EU project researcher and coordinator, and from his extensive background in innovative ICT applications and platforms, Tim is also involved in several international research projects in the field of emergency management. In these projects, he engages in innovative research & development from the perspective of local authorities as Smart Cities. One of these projects is the EU-funded E2mC project. E2mC is a project in the ‘Enabling exploitation of space data’ work programme of the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework. The project prepares new services based on crisis intelligence, social media analysis, crowdsourcing, Artificial Intelligence,  Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Data within the EU’s Copernicus satellite emergency management service portfolio for civil protection authorities, national and local governments.

Publications by Tim:

  • Pieters, S., Van Achte, T. (2018) Conversations in a crisis: article in ‘Continuity & Resilience’, the magazine of the Business Continuity Institute Read the article
  • Pieters, S., Van Achte, T. (2018) Embracing informal stakeholder conversations for evidence-based crisis response: Two work processes based on crisis intelligence. Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning Read the paper
  • Brugghemans, B., Van Achte, T. (2016) Crisis Intelligence Manual, Retrieved from the website http://crisisintelligence.org on 26 January 2016. Download the eBook
  • Havas, C., Resch, B., Francalanci, C., Pernici, B., Scalia, G., Fernandez-Marquez, J.L., Van Achte, T., Zeug, G., Mondardini, M.R.R., Grandoni, D., Kirsch, B., Kalas, M., Lorini, V., Rüping, S. E2mC: Improving Emergency Management Service Practice through Social Media and Crowdsourcing Analysis in Near Real Time. Sensors 2017, 17, 2766. Read the paper
  • #BrusselsAttacks: Crisis communication, social media and sentiment analysis – Crisiscommunicatie en sociale media tijdens terreurdreiging en aanslagen in Brussel Read the article

More relevant publications by Tim:

  • Van Achte, T., Vergeer, F. (2015) Van data naar analyse naar advies. In: van het Erve, A. (Ed.) Communiceren begint met luisteren (Listen before you communicate). Eburon, Delft (49-58). (Dutch) Download
  • Meesters, K., van Beek, L., Van de Walle, B. (2016) #Help. The Reality of Social Media Use in Crisis Response: Lessons from a Realistic Crisis Exercise Info – Note Tim: not an author of this one, but being involved in this unique large scale crisis experiment with the actual Twitter platform as the playfield. The work I did on this publication’s findings and recommendations with the researchers, did pave the way for much of my work onwards!
  • Van Achte, T., Meulemeester, R. (2016) Crisiscommunicatie: zo start je razendsnel je team op [handige templates] Retrieved from the website https://www.frankwatching.com/archive/2016/10/26/crisiscommunicatie-zo-start-je-razendsnel-je-team-op-handige-templates/ on 26 October 2016. Read
  • Pernici B., Francalanci C., Ravanelli P., Havas C., Resch B., Fernandez-Marquez J. L., Ravi Shankar A., Van Achte T., Meesters K., Zeug G., Whitmore C., D’Eer Y., Rüping S., Kirsch B., Bonnamour M. C., Grandoni D., Experience using social media for rapid mapping in the E2mC project, Living Planet 2019, poster session C2.05: Next Generation Land Monitoring, Milan, Italy, May 2019
  • Tasks and Tools of the Information Analyst – Information Analysis as a Basis for Effective Crisis Response Strategies
    Paper presentation – 23rd SRA-Europe Conference (Istanbul) · Authors: Tim Van Achte, Hugo Marynissen, Stijn Pieters, Frank Vergeer, Anne-Marie van het Erve
  • Identifying, embracing and enhancing Complex Interactive Processes when dealing with organisational performance, safety, risks and crises
    Paper for the First International CIP Conference, Brussels, Belgium · Authors: Hugo Marynissen, Juan Manuel Domínguez, Tim Van Achte, Stijn Pieters
  • Crisis Communication Work Process developed for Belgian Federal Government
    Poster presentation – 23rd SRA-Europe Conference (Istanbul) · Authors: Tim Van Achte, Hugo Marynissen, Stijn Pieters, Frank Vergeer, Anne-Marie van het Erve
  • (co-author) The Role of Individual Risk Perception in an Organization Managing High Risks
    EDBAC – Paper presentation – Annual International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship (Atlanta) · Authors: Hugo Marynissen, Donna Ladkin, David Denyer, Tim Van Achte, Erik Snoeijers
  • (co-author) Hugo Marynissen et al – The Impact of Risk Communication on Individual Perception in a Complex Interactive and Tightly Coupled Organisation
    Poster presentation – Annual Meeting 2012 of SRA (Society for Risk Analysis)
  • (co-author) Stijn Pieters et al – The Role of Social Media as a Trusted Risk Communication Tool
    Presentation – Annual Meeting 2012 of SRA (Society for Risk Analysis)

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