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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 2020 Braga

8th European Communication Conference (ECC) October 2 - October 5 2020

Braga, Portugal


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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.
  • Deadline for application 9 March 2020


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    • 02.10.2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 05.10.2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • University of Minho, Braga

    To apply click on the Register button on the left.

    Call for Applicants: Young Scholar Grants for 8th European Communication Conference, Braga 2020

    • The ECREA Young Scholars Network (YECREA) and ECREA invites applications for:
    • 12 ECC 2020 grants for young scholars who are ECREA PhD members and are accepted to present at ECC;
    • At least 4 out of the 12 grants will go to soft-currency ECREA PhD members;
    • Grant for regular ECREA PhD members: conference fee waiver + €250 travel/accommodation;
    • Grant for soft-currency ECREA PhD members: conference fee waiver + €350 travel/accommodation;
    • Deadline for application: 15th of May 2020

    The grants are intended for YECREA members (visit to learn how to become a YECREA member) in order to support access to the academic community of media and communication scholars by attending ECREA’s biannual conference from 2nd to 5th October 2020 in Braga, Portugal. The ECC 2020 grants include the waiver of the conference fee and partial reimbursement for costs of travel and accommodation.

    Grant awards will be made based on several criteria, of which the most important is the applicants’ access to financial resources (e.g. from your home university, third-party funded projects or national funding institutions). The grants will be awarded only to young scholars whose presentation has been accepted to the programme of the conference. The applications will not be reviewed in terms of academic quality. However, applicants should preferably submit abstracts as first authors to the ECC conference programme.

    The grants will be provided on the basis of reimbursement. The relevant claim form, digitalized invoices and receipts documenting actual costs must be submitted electronically to in addition to the submission of the original documents posted to the ECREA accountants: RSM Belgium, Lozenberg, 22 b3, B1932 Zaventem, Belgium. The applicant will be reimbursed up to the amount of the subsidy that was granted to the particular applicant.

    Application & Timeline ECC Grants 2020

    Applicants are expected to complete and submit the  Application Form by clicking on "Register" button on the left.

    If selected for a grant, you will be asked to send a proof of acceptance to the conference (forwarding e-mail of acceptance of your presentation) as well as some evidence of your PhD or post-doctoral research status (e.g. prove of enrollment or link to your home university profile).

    To apply, please complete the form no later than by 15th of May 2020. We will notify the applicants by 5th of June 2020. All grantees should confirm their attendance till 15th of June.

    Timeline ECC Braga

    Important dates are:

    • 15th June: Participants need to confirm their participation at the ECC (deadline updated)
    • 15th June: Registration opens
    • Early bird registration deadline will be extended, please see the conference website for updates.

    For further information, please contact the YECREA management team (Johan Farkas, Corinna Lauerer and Norbert Šinković): .

    • 02.10.2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Virtual Conference

    Preconference TWG Health Communication

    October 2, 2020
    Virtual conference

    For our preconference we invite proposals that focus on different forms of communication in the context of health. We welcome empirical studies, theoretical contributions, and literature reviews. Beyond studies from single European countries we are especially interested in contributions reflecting comparisons of multiple European countries or overviews of various countries.

    Deadline (postponed): 15 April  30 May 2020 (500 word maximum abstract)

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    • 02.10.2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Braga, Portugal

    Interest in visual forms of communication is rising, but researchers seldom get insight on how to go about one’s research. During the pre-conference ‘Visual Work in Progress’ we will explicitly focus on ways of working with visual materials, thinking together about the pros and cons of various methodological alternatives.

    Visual cultures as an emerging field of research and also recently approved ECREA section are important sites of ongoing social transformations and spaces for negotiation of trust, power and intimacy: What is made visible how to whom with what effect? Who are the actors involved, which media, formats, genres, technologies, aesthetics, platforms are relevant? Visual media became crucial elements of interpersonal communication and are omnipresent in social media, but also remain important in classic contexts like journalism and advertising.

    Working with visual data in media and communication research is a challenging endeavor: ontological, epistemological, ethical and practical questions accompany the research process. The abundance of visual material in social media and the intertwining sites of production and reception does not make it easier.

    The pre-conference will focus on our “visual work in progress”, mainly the conceptualization of and methodological approach to visual data in ongoing research projects. We encourage participants to share some part of their research visual material, so that we can discuss together our ‘visual work in progress’.

    The pre-conference will take place on October 2nd, and end right in time for the opening ceremony of the ECREA conference.

    Pre-conference website:

    • 02.10.2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 05.10.2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Braga, Portugal

    Organised by The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in partnership with the University of Minho

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

    More information:

    • 10.01.2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 19.01.2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
    Registration is closed


    The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2020 (postponed to January 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 not on a particular theme, but 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.


    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:

    • 840 Euros (700€ + VAT) for the ECREA members and
    • 990 Euros (825€ + VAT) 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.

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Past events

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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