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)

Helena Sousa
Ilija Tomanić Trivundžax
Moisés de Lemos Martins
Irena Reifová
John Downey
Madalena Oliveira
Manuel Pinto
Markéta Štechová
Pawel Surowiec
Teresa Ruão

Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Helena Sousa (Conference General Coordinator)
Madalena Oliveira (Chair)
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
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


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