Professor Elena Vartanova – Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, MSU, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education, President of the National Association of Mass Media Researchers, Head of the Program and Organizing Committees. She specializes in Russian media studies, media economics, theory of mass communication and media transformations in the modern society.
Professor Paolo Mancini is Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Perugia. Paolo Mancini’s research interests focus on the relationship between mass communication systems and the political system, and on the study of electoral campaigns, where he has considerable comparative research experience.
Professor Hannu Nieminen – Professor of Media and Communication Policy, Vice-Head on the Department of Social Research Media and Communication Studies, University of Helsinki. His areas of expertise include communication and democracy, theories on the Public Sphere, media regulation.
Professor Philip Seib is Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. He served from 2009-2013 as director of USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and as Vice Dean of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism 2015-2016. His research interests include the effects of news coverage on foreign policy, particularly conflict and terrorism issues.
Professor Ulrike Rohn is Senior Researcher and Professor of Media Economics and Management at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School at Tallinn University and its Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture. She is the President of the European Media Management Association, Associate Editor of the Journal of Media Business Studies and Co-Editor of the Springer Series in Media Industries. Her research and teaching include topics on European audiovisual policy, international film production, cross-cultural audience demand, international media strategies, media branding, and the sharing economy.
Professor Andreas Hepp is Professor of Media and Communication Studies with the Special Areas Media Culture and Communication Theory at the ZeMKI (Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research), Universität Bremen, Germany. His main research areas are media and communication theory, media sociology, mediatization research, datafication of social practices, transnational and transcultural communication, and cross-media research.
Dr. Massimo Ragnedda – Senior Lecturer in Mass Communications at the University of Northumbria. His research interests include digital divide and the stratification in the access and use of the internet, the role of surveillance in a digital era and propaganda in democracy and totalitarian regime.