ECREA 2018 Lugano
7th European Communication Conference (ECC)

Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation

October 31 - November 3
Lugano Switzerland

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Lugano, European capital of communication

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In November 2018, Lugano will host the seventh edition of the biannual conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), the leading association in Europe for researchers and academics in the field of communication.


The conference will see over a thousand experts convene in the southern Alpine and Italian-speaking city of Lugano to discuss – through dozens of parallel sessions – a wide range of current topics, including the uses of media, their relationship with democracy, crisis communication, the portrayal of science and of the migration phenomena. The USI Faculty of Communication Sciences supports the event and its academic aspects are organised by professors Gabriele Balbi, Lorenzo Cantoni, and Katharina Lobinger.


From right to left: the Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences Andrea Rocci, the Presidente of ECREA Ilija Tomanic Trivundza, and the Director of the Events and Congresses Division of the City of Lugano Claudio Chiapparino.

The President of ECREA, Ilija Tomanič Trivundža, stated, “The selection of location of ECREA’s ECC conferences is always also an acknowledgement of the importance of local scientific partners. Selection of Lugano as the host of 2018 ECC conference is thus explicit acknowledgement of the research excellence of The Faculty of Communication Sciences and of the long term contribution of scholars from Università della Svizzera Italiana to both our field and to our association”.


Upon signing the agreement (image), the Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Prof. Andrea Rocci underscored the importance of the conference, which “next year will make Lugano the international capital of communication, exposing hundreds of dynamic and leading researchers in the field to our unique approach to communication and to the beauty of our city”.


On behalf of the local authorities, Roberto Badaracco (Head of the Culture, Sports and Events department of the City of Lugano) and Claudio Chiapparino (Director of the Events and Congress Division) highlighted the City’s commitment to help organise the conference and actively support this kind of events, expressing “gratitude to USI – like with regional entities – for its contribution in increasing the reputation of Lugano as an international congressional centre”.


Also in 2018, Lugano and the USI Faculty of Communication Sciences will host the annual conference of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SACMR), the association that supports, since 1974, the discussion on the discipline by fostering dialogue between theory and practice. Its 280 members – lecturers and experts in the field – will gather in Lugano from April 12 to 13 to take part in the conference with the title “Next door giants: exploring Media, Languages, Cultures and Borders in Switzerland and Europe”.

Conference theme

The main theme of the ECREA 2018 conference will be Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation.

More information and the call for papers will be published soon.

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Conference venue

Palazzo dei Congressi

Lugano’s elegant and modern Convention Centre is centrally located, right next to the splendid municipal park, Parco Ciani and its homonymous villa, directly on the lake shore. In these places,  Palazzo dei Congressi, Villa Ciani and also Ex-Asilo Ciani, the ECREA 2018 main conference will take place.


One of the most appealing aspects of the Convention Centre Lugano is it sun-cluttered hallways, wide stairways and outside terraces, spacious and ideal for networking between sessions, and it is also equipped with the most up-to-date technologiy, wireless internet access and fully air-conditioned. Furthermore, the centre is located within easy walking distance of many hotels, shops and attractions.

Palazzo dei Congressi Lugano
Piazza Indipendenza 4
6900 Lugano

USI Campus

Located in the heart of Lugano, this Campus hosts the USI Faculties of Communication Sciences, Economics and Informatics, as well as the University central administrative offices and library. 


The ECREA 2018 pre-conferences will take place at the USI Campus. Both the city centre and Lake Lugano, with the beautiful Ciani Park on the shore, are within walking distance of the university.


The nucleus of the Lugano Campus is an ancient neoclassical palace, which originally housed the city hospital. With the growth of the University, new, modern buildings have risen around it, among which are the library, the Aula Magna (capable of hosting over 1,000 people), the red building (classrooms), the LAB, devoted to research and individual study, and the Informatics Building.


The Campus is not only a place for studying, but also one of cultural exchange. 


Università della Svizzera italiana
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
6900 Lugano

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ECREA 2018 Conference secretariat

Palazzo dei Congressi Lugano
Piazza Indipendenza 4,
6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Università della Svizzera italiana

Faculty of Communication Sciences
ECREA 2018 Local Organising Committee
Via G. Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Local Organising Committee ECREA 2018. From left to right: Luca Grassi (Città di Lugano), Katharina Lobinger, Gabriele Balbi, Petra Mazzoni (USI), Thea Rossi Colombo (Città di Lugano), Lorenzo Cantoni (USI).