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ECC Lugano 2018: Latest updates on the academic programme, cultural programme and local tours

21.06.2018 16:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Latest updates on the academic programme, cultural programme and local tours

We are thrilled to announce that 886 individual papers, 155 posters and 43 panels were accepted for presentation at the 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) to be held in Lugano. We would like to thank all the reviewers and Section, Network and TWG programme chairs for all the effort they have put into the review process.

We have received abstracts from over 60 countries spanning 5 continents and look forward to what promises to be a truly diverse and international conference.

The ECREA 2018 main conference will be hosted in four of the most beautiful locations/venues of Lugano: Palazzo dei Congressi, Villa Ciani, Ex Asilo Ciani and Liceo Cantonale Lugano 1. All of these locations are located very close to the lake or literally on the lake, around a green area called “Parco Ciani” and thus within a few minutes’ walking distance of each other. The 9 pre-conferences will take place at the main campus of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), also within easy walking distance.

Participants of ECREA 2018 can register for several tours which will give them the opportunity to visit local companies and organizations relevant to the field of media and communication. For example, you might want to visit the cantonal Television studios “Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana (RSI)”, the headquarters of the national sound archives “Fonoteca Nazionale”, or the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre.

Moreover, tours to different locations and sights of the beautiful Canton Ticino are offered. In the German speaking part of Switzerland, Canton Ticino is often nicknamed “Sonnenstube” (which means “sunny room”), because of its warm and sunny climate and its gorgeous and peaceful landscapes. Not only beautiful, but also rich in culture and tradition, Ticino is a much appreciated destination both for those looking for fun or relaxation, and those looking for cultural experiences. With ECREA 2018 cultural and local tours, we would like to give participants the opportunity to get a little taste of every aspect of the region. Our offer includes but is not limited to the following tours:

  • to discover Lugano, join the city tour with a professional guide who will lead you through Lugano’s most fascinating alleys and architectural highlights
  • to see more of Ticino, sign up to the tour to Bellinzona and discover a city rich in history and culture including a UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Bellinzona Castles
  • or you can visit the museum dedicated to the famous writer, Hermann Hesse, located in the house where he lived between 1919 and 1931.

Last but not least, Ticino also offers very interesting food and wine specialties which benefit both from the Italian and the northern culinary influences. Enjoy typical dishes while

  • taking a cruise on the lake
  • or while enjoying a breath-taking view from the top of San Salvatore mountain.

Whatever your interests, we are sure you will enjoy Ticino and all the activities it has to offer!

You will find more details and offers in the dedicated and still evolving section ( on the ECREA 2018 conference website. Have a look from time to time to get more details and book your favorite activities.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Lugano!

Warm wishes,

Gabriele Balbi, Lorenzo Cantoni, Katharina Lobinger & Petra Mazzoni
ECREA 2018 Local Organising Committee



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