Conference hosts

The Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) of the University of Minho is the leading research unit in Communication Sciences field in Portugal, a consolidated, creative and dynamic research group. Evaluated by FCT as “Excellent” since 2008 and internationally recognised, the unit focuses on the following scientific domains: media literacy, communication and culture policies, visual and sound culture, intercultural communication, cultural studies, organisational and strategic communication, science communication, social challenges (ageing, health, disability…), media, digital languages and journalism.

CECS was founded in 2001, when Communication Sciences became more visible in the Social Sciences and Humanities context in Portugal. Its history is intertwined with the history of Communication Sciences in the country. During the first decade of 21st century, CECS expanded as part of a national movement for the consolidation of an autonomous and legitimate scientific field.

Since its very beginning, CECS has been a crucial structure for the strengthening of this scientific field not only in the Portuguese context but also internationally with a particular emphasis in the Portuguese and Spanish speaking regions. The group invests in collaborative activities, developing strong links with some of the most relevant global research networks, task forces and associations – such as the EuroMedia Research Group, ECREA, IAMCR, Lusocom and Confibercom – and promoting partnerships with a series of relevant regional, national and international actors.

International Organising Committee (IOC)

Ilija Tomanić Trivundža

John Downey

Pawel Surowiec

Irena Reifová
General Secretary

Markéta Štechová
ECREA Office Manager

Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Helena Sousa

Alberto Sá

Ana Melo

Anabela Carvalho

Carla Cerqueira

Daniel Brandão

Elsa Costa e Silva

Emília Araújo

Fábio Ribeiro

Helena Pires

Inês Amaral

Joaquim Fidalgo

José Gabriel Andrade

Luís António Santos

Madalena Oliveira

Manuel Gama

Manuel Pinto

Moisés de Lemos Martins

Pedro Portela

Rita Ribeiro

Rosa Cabecinhas

Sandra Marinho

Sara Balonas

Sara Pereira

Silvana Mota-Ribeiro

Teresa Ruão

Zara Pinto-Coelho

Profissional Congress Organisers


With over 14 years of experience, C-IN provides the highest level of services specialising in congress and association management, corporate events and special event production. Since 2013, C-IN is the only member of International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) with headquarters situated in the Czech Republic. Our team of 55 people delivers more than 50 events per year and acts as a long term partner for several European associations.