RIPE@2021 Conference

The RIPE@2021 Conference on the theme of “Public Service Media’s Contribution to Society” will take place online on September 27-28, 2021.

The conference will bring together scholars and public service media professionals from all over the world to critically discuss the concept of “contribution to society”. Working groups will focus on communication needs of changing societies, new forms of contribution and distinctiveness, involving citizens and building communities, as well as governance, communication and legitimacy management.

  • Local Organizing Committee

    The RIPE@2021 Conference is organized by the University of Fribourg’s Department of Communication and Media Research (DCM).

    The members of the RIPE@2021 Local Organizing Committee are:

    • Etienne Bürdel (University of Fribourg)
    • Stefano Pedrazzi (University of Fribourg)
    • Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg)
    • Roberto Suárez Candel
  • Program Committee

    The Local Organizing Committee is supported by a Program Committee. The members of the RIPE@2020 Program Committee are:

    • Maria Michalis (Westminster University, London)
    • Marko Milosavljevic (University of Ljubljana)
    • Julia Pohle (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)
    • Manuel Puppis (Chair; University of Fribourg)
    • Roberto Suárez Candel
    • Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel University, Philadelphia)
  • iaPMR

    In 2020, the RIPE initiative transformed into the International Association of Public Media Researchers (iaPMR). More information is available on the association’s website:

    The business meeting will introduce the new “International Association of Public Media Researchers” and the new leadership team, and explain how you can get involved. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • EBU Best Paper Award
    Thanks to the support of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the EBU Best Paper Award for established scholars and the EBU Best Paper Award for emerging scholars have been established for the RIPE@2021 conference. The awards recognize excellent papers in public service media research.
    All papers that were submitted by the submission deadline are eligible.
    The winners of the awards will be announced during the closing plenary of the RIPE@2021 conference.