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European Communication Conferences are large-scale international conferences, which bring together activities of all ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks. ECC conferences are organised biennially. They are typically held in October or November every even year, with call for papers being released in December in the year before the conference.

All ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks also organise their smaller-scale and thematically focused conferences or seminars on biennial basis in the year when ECC conference is not held.

Organised in collaboration with an academic partner institution, ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School is an annual event, typically held in July each year. 

ECREA 2021 Online

8th European Communication Conference (ECC) 

postponed to 2021. 


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Seminars and conferences

Seminars, workshops and conferences organised by thematic Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks.  



ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School brings together over 40 PhD students and 20 lecturers each year.

  • You do not have to be an ECREA member to attend the Summer School.
  • ECREA members are eligible for grants.


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Upcoming events

    • 09.07.2021
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    • 09.09.2021
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    • Online

    The General Elections will take place during online General Assembly organised at 8th European Communication Conference on 9 September 2021. The new Executive Board will be elected for the period 2021 – 2024.

    • 03.09.2021
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    • online

    This preconference aims to question art when it integrates new possibilities and seeks to create new meanings. The presentations critically examine the invitations, questions, and doubts set up by “transart” projects as well as by the limits or boundaries that separate different forms of artistic expression, art from life, and artworks from the public.

    • 03.09.2021
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    • Online

    The Young Scholars Network of ECREA (YECREA) is happy to invite students and early-career scholars to a workshop right before the 8th European Communication Conference (ECC) in September.

    This workshop is designed for postgraduate and early-career researchers to develop practical coping mechanisms for the various expectations placed on them, such as (but not limited to): publishing pressures (while writing their PhD); getting grants and funding; teaching; getting recognition for their work in competitive environments; dealing with imposter syndrome; searching for stable employment. We will provide input by YECREA representatives as well as senior scholars and have a roundtable discussion, in which all participants can share their experiences, with a special focus on the new issues brought about by the COVID19 pandemic.

    • 05.09.2021
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    • Online

    The idea for undertaking a global analysis of the place of women and men in the news was developed during the ‘Women Empowering Communication’ conference which was held in Bangkok in 1994 when several organisations including MediaWatch-Canada with support from WACC-UK and Status of Women Canada pledged to organise the project. The original aims were to explore where women and men featured in the news, both in terms of content and production, to build a network of gender and communication groups, to develop capacity in monitoring skills and construct a research methodology which could be implemented in a range of different national contexts. Crucially, GMMP has always seen itself as an advocacy initiative, intent on raising awareness of key issues such as gender-based marginalisation, invisibility and stereotyping, amongst news media practitioners. In 1995, volunteers in 71 countries undertook the first monitoring exercise and the findings were reported during the Women’s NGO forum in Beijing in September, a meeting which itself developed what has become known as the Beijing Platform for Action. Section J of the BPfA focuses explicitly on media and achieving its ambitions of equalising women’s representation in and access to the media remains at the heart of GMMP. Twenty years later, GMMP 2015 saw the participation of researchers in 114 countries and in 2020, the 6th iteration of GMMP took place with the largest number of countries ever involved (125). The GMMP remains the most comprehensive longitudinal study of gender and news and its methodology has been widely used to undertake other national and regional studies.

    • 06.09.2021
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    • Online

    Digital disconnection is a relatively new topic, but the number of studies is growing. This pre-conference sets out to assess and advance the field. Presenters are selected and a detailed programme will appear soon. The conference will run on CEST time (Brussels time, same as ECRA).

    • 06.09.2021
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    • Online

    The purpose of this event is to engage interactively participants in a fruitful dialogue about Ethics and Children’s rights. The webinar will assume the format of a workshop in which participants are welcome to have a voice, before and during the event. Thus, participants are encouraged to previously introduce their questions to the two Senior Researchers – Eva Lievens (Ghent University) and Elisabeth Staksrud (University of Oslo) who will cover respectively two critical issues – Ethics and Children’s Digital Rights and Ethics in research with children. For this purpose, participants should either present their questions in the google form of their inscription or send them separately to until August 31st.

    • 06.09.2021
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    • Online

    We are facing an era of a permanent search for new answers to contemporary environmental, political and social challenges. The public, as producers, receivers or users have wide access to information and tend to be more exposed to communication, being an essential element in this equation.

    Publics are at the origin of the paradigm changes, thus they have the power to influence behaviors, individually or being part of organizations and they ask for different ways of behavior from the organizations. From the other side, themselves, acting as citizens, are at the same time change agents with a strong ability to influence decision making.

    Considering the role of strategic communications not only for the organizations but also to the society, publics’ dimension must be considered as an essential element. When understanding strategic communication as a strategic function with clear goals to achieve, stakeholder mapping i.e., the work to and with public it’s not a nice, but a must-have in the whole process. Through strategic communication operationalized via public relations and advertising actions, it’s possible to improve the publics’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.

    In this context, can strategic communication be understood as a way to boost public participation, assuming them as key players in a changing environment?

    • 06.09.2021
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    • 09.09.2021
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    • Online

    Organised by The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

    Conference theme: Communication and trust: building safe, sustainable and promising futures.

    More information:

    • 10.09.2021
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    An ECREA virtual postconference co-organized by three ECREA Thematic Sections: Communication History, Radio Research, Television Studies

    • 10.09.2021
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    The aim proposed for this ECREA 2021 post conference is to promote research that helps to define policies and strategies contributing to combat and effectively minimize the phenomena of disinformation and manipulation in the journalistic field. Thus, we intend to join together researchers who are interested in the topic, to develop this field of disinformation studies.

    • 20.09.2021
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    • 24.09.2021
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    • Online


    The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2021 brings together members of the European research community in order to debate contemporary issues in media, communication and cultural studies. The main emphasis of this summer school is on providing structural and individuated PhD-support for young European scholars, through a variety of working forms, including feedback seminars, workshops, and lectures. The summer school aims to provide a supportive international setting where doctoral students can present their ongoing work, receive feedback on their PhD-projects from international experts and meet students and academics from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the future. Although it is usually a physical event, it will be ensured that the spirit and the usual activities of the Summer School are not affected, so that it continues to be a very valuable experience for the participants.


    The summer school is open to the full variety of academic work in the broad field of communication and media studies. All PhD projects within the field of communication and media studies are welcomed. 

    The working language of the summer school will be English; therefore a sufficient understanding and ability to express oneself in this language is expected.

    The total number of students will be limited to 45.

    Registration fee at the summer school will be:

    • 60 Euros for the ECREA members 
    • 75 Euros for the non-members of ECREA.

    Summer School offers reduced participation fees for ECREA members. In order to qualify for a reduced participation fee, you can become ECREA member after you are accepted to the Summer School.

    More on ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School

    • 04.11.2021
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    • 05.11.2021
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    The online European Conference on Health Communication (ECHC) 2021 takes place from on November 4 & 5, 2021. See and @ECHC2021 on Twitter for more information.

Past events

13.05.2021 Journalism & Communication Education 6th annual conference on "Rethinking digital native communicators training”
21.04.2021 ECC 2021 online - Young scholars grants
21.04.2021 Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday (virtual conference)
10.01.2021 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2020 - Winter edition (postponed to 2021)
02.10.2020 European Conference on Health Communication 2020
14.05.2020 Cancelled - 6th Annual Conference of the ECREA Journalism & Communication Education TWG
08.01.2020 Constructed facts, contested truths: Science and environment controversies in media and public spaces
05.12.2019 Communication and Democracy Section Workshop: The politics of privacy
22.11.2019 Public Service Media’s Online Strategies: Industry Concepts And Critical Investigations
16.11.2019 Gender and knowledge production in contemporary academia
15.11.2019 Media, gender and sexuality in contemporary Europe
13.11.2019 YECREA Round Table “The responsible conduct of research: The ethical challenges and considerations in health communication studies"
13.11.2019 European Conference on Health Communication
07.11.2019 Games, Media and Communication: Quo Vadis?
01.11.2019 Datafication, Mediatization, and the Machine Age
30.10.2019 Digital Fortress Europe: Exploring Boundaries between Media, Migration and Technology
24.10.2019 The Youthification of Television in the age of Screen Culture
24.10.2019 ECREA CLP Section annual event: Communication Rights in the Digital Age
21.10.2019 Infrastructures and Inequalities: Media industries, digital cultures and politics
18.10.2019 Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities
14.10.2019 Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Section Regional Conference
03.10.2019 6th International Crisis Communication Conference
19.09.2019 Children and Adolescents in the era of Smartscreens, risks, threats and opportunities reloaded
19.09.2019 ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019: Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society
12.09.2019 Political communication section interim conference
11.09.2019 Jeopardizing Democracy throughout History
04.09.2019 Visual Cultures & Communication: Images and Practices on the Move
21.08.2019 Innovative methods in Audience Research
08.07.2019 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2019
19.06.2019 CEECOM - 12th CEE Network's Conference
24.05.2019 Children's online worlds, digital media and digital literacy
17.05.2019 Journalism & Communication Education TWG Conference
14.02.2019 Journalism Studies Section Conference 2019
13.02.2019 2nd ECREA Journalism Studies Section PhD-Workshop
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Audiences, datafication and the everyday: Challenges, ambitions and priorities for audience studies in datafied societies
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Three Young Scholar Workshops - Methods, Writing and Activism
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Mobile (in)visibilities
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference “Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World”
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Lugano
19.07.2018 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2018
01.06.2018 Remaking European Cinema
23.05.2018 ICA 2018 Pre-Conference “Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age”
15.03.2018 Science and Environment Communication Section webinar
22.11.2017 Political Communication in Times of Crisis: New Challenges, Trends & Possibilities
15.11.2017 The Future of European Television: Between Transnationalism and Euroscepticism
13.11.2017 PR and society: The generative power of history in the present and future
10.11.2017 Multivoicedness and European Cinema: Representation, Industry, Politics
10.11.2017 Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data
10.11.2017 Media, Religion, Popular Culture
09.11.2017 The Digital Turn in Science and Environment Communication
07.11.2017 Branded Content Research Network conference
06.11.2017 Digital Culture meets data: Critical approaches
02.11.2017 Migration and communication flows: rethinking borders, conflict and identity through the digital
23.10.2017 (Mediated) Social Interaction in Groups, Networks and Organizations
23.10.2017 ICSI PhD Workshop/Seminar
19.10.2017 5th International Crisis Communication Conference
13.10.2017 Communication and Arts: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives
06.10.2017 Mediatization in a global perspective: Comparing theoretical approaches in a digitised world
04.10.2017 Why Europe? Narratives and Counter-narratives of European Integration
28.09.2017 Audiences2030: Imagining a Future for Audiences
28.09.2017 Career in the making: identity, voice, and place in academia
15.09.2017 The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era
12.09.2017 Radio Research Conference 2017
07.09.2017 Our Group First! – Historical perspectives on Minorities/Majorities, Inclusion/Exclusion, Centre/Periphery in Media and Communication History
07.09.2017 The development potential of the European Public Sphere
16.08.2017 IVMC get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures
19.06.2017 IVSA get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures
15.06.2017 Seminar on Comparative and Collaborative Research into Branded Content
15.06.2017 CEECOM 2017: Critique of/at/on periphery?
26.05.2017 Sexualities and Digital Culture in Europe: a joint ECREA Symposium
25.05.2017 ICA get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures



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