Conference Hosts


ECREA 2018 is supported by the City of Lugano and USI Università della Svizzera italiana.


USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Università della Svizzera italiana is one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland, coordinated by swissuniversities. USI is organised in five faculties and is active in several study and research areas: architecture, communication sciences, computational science, data science, economics, health studies, humanities, informatics, law, medicine and biomedicine.

USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education in which they can be fully engaged and take centre stage, and where our researchers can count on having the space to freely pursue their initiative.

Around 2800 students and about 800 professors and researchers, hailing from over 100 countries, convene every day on the three campuses in Lugano, Mendrisio and Bellinzona. The relatively small size of the campuses encourages the free flow and open exchange of ideas within the academic community. USI encourages faculty, students and researchers to develop their potential, and appreciates their curiosity and willingness to experiment with new ways of teaching, thinking, and working.

Established in 1996, USI is in constant evolution, always taking on new challenges while remaining true to its three guiding principles: quality, openness and responsibility.

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Communication today is widely recognised as a strategic sector of activity for development not only in economic terms, but also in social and cultural domains. Digital technologies and global communication networks broaden the opportunities for relationships, collaborations, democratic participation and value creation, while global networking and individual mobility enable the daily concurrence of different cultures, languages and religions. The way culture is conceived and communicated is affected by these changes, which represent important challenges for the economy, politics and society.

The Faculty of Communication Sciences addresses these complex challenges with an interdisciplinary approach based on the integration of humanities and technology, economics and social sciences, and offering solid higher education programs both foundational and aimed towards professional practice.

The Faculty was established at USI Università della Svizzera italiana in 1996, and is organized in several Institutes devoted to the study of specific disciplines or communication practices such as: media and journalism, digital communication technologies, health communication, linguistics and rhetoric, corporate and institutional communication, marketing, and intercultural communication. The Faculty of Communication Sciences offers a complete range of study degrees – Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, and also Executive education – and provides a unique international environment to its students and academic members. With a strong focus on research, it has been able to attract researchers – professors, postDocs and PhD candidates – from all over the world, and to secure extensive funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the EU, as well as from other public and private entities. Moreover, thanks to several projects, the Faculty is deeply involved in the cultural life of Lugano and of the Canton Ticino.

International Organising Committee (IOC)

Ilija Tomanić Trivundža

John Downey

Pawel Surowiec

Irena Reifová
General Secretary

Markéta Štechová
ECREA Office Manager

Lorenzo Cantoni
Chair of the LOC

Gabriele Balbi
Chair of the LOC

Katharina Lobinger
Chair of the LOC

Luca Grassi
Member of the LOC

Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Chairs of the Local Organising Committee
Gabriele Balbi
Associate professor of media studies at the Institute of Media and Journalism, Faculty of Communication Sciences, USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

Lorenzo Cantoni
Full professor and director of the Institute for Communica- tion Technologies, Faculty of Communication Sciences, USI Università della Svizzera italiana. Chair holder of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, established at USI in 2013.

Katharina Lobinger
Assistant professor of online communication and visual research at the Institute for Communication Technologies, Faculty of Communication Sciences, USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

General Coordinator of the LOC
Petra Mazzoni
Assistant at the Faculty of Communication Sciences, USI Università della Svizzera italiana.


Members of the Local Organising Committee – Città di Lugano
Luca Grassi
Sales and Marketing Manager

Thea Rossi Colombo
Congress Manager

Professional 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.

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, 140 21
Prague 4, Czech Republic
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Amiconi Consulting SA

Thanks to its experience, professionalism and dynamism, Amiconi Consulting SA is equipped to find efficient and innovative solutions for the organization, coordination and supervision of Conferences, Meetings, Incentive Travel programs, Tours and Sightseeing, Seminars, Product launches and Events. The company performs at the regional, national and international level. It provides a wide range of services, from general advice to highly focused and tailor-made solutions. A highly qualified team is ready to coordinate every detail of your event. Special attention is given to the containment and control of costs and to a qualitative and innovative approach. Amiconi Consulting SA provides always with an independent and objective service. It acts both as a PCO (Professional Congress Organizer) and as a DMC (Destination Management Company). Amiconi Consulting SA is member of Switzerland and Lugano Tourism, member of MPI (Meetings Professionals International) and partner of Ticino Tourism.

Via Al Forte 10
6900 Lugano
Tel +41 91 921 38 12

Fax +41 91 921 38 13

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