Learn from the PAST, prepare for the Future
Argonne National Laboratory is home to the PAST, Public Affairs Science and Technology Fusion Cell for Emergency and Risk Communication Management. The deep experience and comprehensive outreach in the Past Fusion Cell yields a training curriculum to the PAST Fusion Cell Academy and provides planning and preparation for exercise simulations to test and refine the skills of public safety, Public Information Officers, Public Affairs Officers and External Affairs Officers. Studies consistently show that public affairs is much more than media relations; by taking a holistic approach to public affairs, our mission…”Learn from the PAST, Prepare for the future.”
About the PAST Fusion Cell Academy
Argonne’s PAST Fusion Cell Academy is a first-of-its‑kind training facility that engages with forward-thinking public affairs professionals and social scientists from across the globe in an effort to improve all aspects of communication as it relates to emergency management. The PAST Fusion Cell Academy provides a natural venue for teams of world‑class social scientists to work alongside public safety professionals to address some of the most significant communication challenges our nation and the world face today. We offer the most advanced training programs for emergency management communication professionals, and everything we do can be customized to meet the specific goals of your organization. From risk and crisis communication planning to the latest in social media methodologies and emerging technologies, you can count on our team to meet your consultation and training needs. Our experienced instructor team is familiar with a wide range of hazards and exercise strategies. By supplying virtual, tabletop, or functional exercise platforms, we support scenario development, news media simulation, planning, evaluation, and follow-up to ensure maximum value for participants. Our instructors collaborate with public affairs practitioners, consult with leading social scientists and research diverse public affairs topic areas. Our research and collaboration present unique opportunities to offer highly effective and well footnoted training for communication professionals.
About Argonne’s facilities
Our on-campus amenities include the Argonne Guest House, which has a full-service restaurant, 156 guest rooms, including two 2-bedroom premiere suites with parlors and ten 4-bedroom suites with parlors. Amenities also include the Bistro 213 work cafe, two coffee shops, and a fitness center. Similar to a university campus, you will experience groups of employees working, talking, and walking together within Argonne’s wooded grounds.