The Institute is offering a multitude of different events:
  • Conferences & Congresses; scientific symposiums regarding media research
  • Workshops: results-oriented meetings with experts
  • Colloquiums of Media Science: 2-hour events with a short lecture and a debate including all participants afterwards
  • Compact Seminars: theoretical and practical introduction to specific issues, presented to particular participant groups.
  • Hamburger Gespräche zum Medien- und Telekommunikationsrecht [Hamburg Colloquia on Media and Telecommunications Law]

Upcoming Events

Algorithmic News in the 2016 US Election

Hamburg, 19.12.2016. How algorithms may have influenced the US election will be discussed ath the Bucerius Lab Lunch Session #3 in Betahaus Hamburg. Nick Diakopoulos, Fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, has studied the Coverage of the two candidates done by google. He will discuss the role of the big internet platforms with Matthias Spielkamp, Bucerius Lab Fellow and Co-Funder of AlgorithmWatch. Entrance free, Registration required

Former Events

Algorithmic Accountability & Transparency in the News Media

Hamburg, 15.12.2016, 10-11:30 pm. Workshop with Nick Diakopoulos, University of Maryland, at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Registration required

Online between Orient and Occident - Media Childhood in Iran, Spain and Germany

Hans-Bredow-Institut, Dec 7, 2016, 4-6.45 pm. Interactive Workshop in Englisch lanuage with our guest researchers Hamid Reza Akrami und Marta Portalés as well as Prof Dr. Uwe Hasebrink and Dr. Claudia Lampert, Library of the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Rothenbaumchaussee 36, Hamburg.   »»

AoIR 2016: Internet Rules!

Berlin, 5–8 October 2016. The Hans-Bredow-Institut and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society organized the 17th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. The AoIR 2016 ​was a transdisciplinary gathering of scholars interested in the importance of networked technologies in social processes. It took place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. For more details see the conference website

Radio and New Media Technologies: An Asian Perspective

Hamburg, 07.06.2016. Lecture by K. Padmakumar, Head of the Department of Corporate Communication at the University of Manipal, Indien, about the Future of Radio, at the Universität Hamburg, Senatssitzungssaal, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 2. OG, 6-8 pm. Participation free, registration required   »»

Tipp: Twitter Friend Repertoires

Brisbane, 02.03.2016. Presenting a new methodology to assess patterns of information management, lecture by Lisa Merten at the Digital Media Research Center, Queens University of Technology, Australia.

Children’s online experiences in Europe and challenges for digital parenting

Hamburg, January 20, 2016, 4-6 pm, an Event of the Hans-Bredow-Institut and the Research Center for Media and Communication (RCMC) at the University of Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, ESA-West 221. The participation in this event is free of charge.   »»

Tipp: The Empiricist’s Challenge: Asking meaningful questions in political science in the age of big data

23.-24. Oktober 2015 in Mannheim, with a presenation „Twitter Friend Repertoires: Researching Patterns of Selective Connectivity“ by Lisa Merten, PD Dr. Wiebke Loosen, Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink, Dr. Sascha Hölig und Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

British Broadsheets’ Editorial Coverage of the First Gaza War

Guest lecture by Dr. David Kaposi, Psychologist at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK, organized by the Graduate School Media and Communication and the Hans-Bredow-Institut on Tuesday, June 23rd, 1-3 pm at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, participation free, registration required

Online Labour Markets

How code-based institutions are supplanting national regulations and enabling transnational labour trade will be the topic of a guest lecture by Dr Vili Lehdonvirta, research fellow und DPhil programme director at the Oxford Internet Institute, on Juni, 22nd, 2015, 18-19.30 Uhr, at the Hans-Bredow-Institut. Participation is free of charge, registration required   »»

ICA Young Scholars Preconference "Visual Methods"

The ICA Young Scholars Preconference "Visual Methods" has taken place at the Universidad del Turabo and was organized by Michael Grimm (Hans-Bredow-Institut) und Maria Luna (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). It brought together young and emerging scholars to discuss the potentials, challenges and limitations of different visual methods in order to account for the increasingly important role of analyzing mediated images throughout communication studies.   »»

Children and Mobile Media

Workshop with Dr. Claudia Lampert within the Social Media Week on Feb 23, 2015, at the  Hochschule Macromedia, University of Applied Sciences, room R 212, Gertrudenstraße 3, Hamburg, Registration and more information   »»

Eu Kids Online

Meeting ot the European Research Network, coordinated by the Hans-Bredow-Institut since autumn 2014, on 22/23 January 2015 at the Hanse Office in Brussels   »»

HIIG Early Stage Researchers Colloquium 2014

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society hosted the annual colloquium in Berlin, 9 October 2014. They gathered early stage researchers (Ph.D. candidates and post-docs) from all disciplines in order to drive forward the discussion on topics in the field of Internet research. The colloquium provides a stage for new perspectives on current issues of Internet and society.   »»

Tipp: Internet Governance. Actors, Technology, Content

On 9 and 10 October 2014, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), together with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, hosted a conference about the question of how to globally govern the Internet.  The HIIG contributed to this debate by shedding light on Internet Governance from the dimensions of actors, technology and content.   »»

How does Society inform itself? Current Findings and Perspectives

The 5th Hamburg Media Symposium “Wie informiert sich die Gesellschaft? Aktuelle Befunde und Perspektiven”, organised by the Hans-Bredow-Institut, the Medienanstalt Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH) and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on 11 June 2014 at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, with over 300 guests.   »»

Tipp: International Science 2.0 Conference

Conference of the research network “Science 2.0” of the Leibniz Association on March 26/27, 2014 in Hamburg. More information on the background, programme and registration

Translation and Transfer – Brazilian authors on German Radio

Colloquium with Prof. Dr. Marlene Holzhausen, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut and at the Institut für Medien und Kommunikation of the University of Hamburg on 28 January 2014 at the Hans Bredow Institute.

Berlin Workshop Assesses Online Freedom of Expression

Unpacking the complexity of contemporary free speech on the Internet was the business of a workshop in Berlin on Dec 12, 2013, organized by the German Commission for UNESCO and the Hans-Bredow-Institut. Thirty international participants from academia, industry, governments, NGOs and intergovernmental groups brainstormed ideas that will be compiled into a publication during 2014.   »»

Hint: Chances and Risks of Social Participation

Participation is a key issue within Internet research and hence also for the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). For this reason the institute is going to initiate a thematically focused meeting on Chances and Risks of Social Participation in Berlin on 22 November 2013.   »»

Building the Frame(work)

The International Symposium "Building the Frame(work)  – Discussing Methodological Challenges of Applying Content Analysis in Visual Framing Research", hosted by the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, Germany, took place October 11th -12th, 2013,   »»

Summer School 2013: „Repeat, Remix, Remediate“

From 29 July to 2 August 2013, the Research Center for Media & Communication (RCMC) and the Graduate School Media and Communication organised a Summer School with the title “Repeat, Remix, Remediate” with the participation of the Hans-Bredow-Institut.   »»

Human Rights, Peace, Conflicts, and Media in India

Colloquium with Dr. Padma Rani, Associate Professor at Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal University,  Manipal, India, on Mai 30, 2013, 6-8 p.m., in the library of the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Heimhuder Straße 21, 20148 Hamburg

Code Literacy – Understanding what is guiding us online

Workshop organised by N. Heise, S. Dreyer, J.-H. Schmidt, K. Johnsen & S. Deterding in the context of the conference, “re:publica13 – in/side/out” on 6 May 2013 in Berlin.

Repeat! Remix! Remediate! The New Arts of Documentary

Guest Lecture by William Uricchio (MIT, Cambridge/USA) on tuesday, April 9th, 2013, 6-8 pm at the university of Hamburg, Von-Melle-Park 6, Hörsaal D, admission free, registration requiered by email   »»

GMaC-Lunch: Media in Chile

"Uses of Elements of Personalization and Strategic Frames in Newspaper Coverage of two Chilean Presidential Campaigns (1989-2009)”, English lecture & discussion by Prof. Porath from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile, January 29, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Graduate School Media and Communication, speakersroom, ground floor, Mittelweg 177, 20148 Hamburg, Participation is free, registration required, invitation (pdf-file)   »»

HIIG: Why is there no Nyungar Wikipedia?

Challenges and opportunities for user-created knowledge networks in minority languages, lecture by John Hartley, Professor of Cultural Science and Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University (Western Australia), on Monday, 28th of January, 2013, starting at 6 p.m. at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Building of the "Juristische Fakultät", Bebelplatz 1, 10117 Berlin,

The Nature and Scope of Editorial Autonomy in Israel and Germany

Workhop in English language with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Shulamit Almog, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut from Israel, and David Witzthum, Chief Editor and well-known moderator of the public television in Israel, on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012, 18-20 h in the library of the institute, Attendance is free but registration required. Seats are limited, so early registration is strongly recommended.

Currently, a case about editorial autonomy inflames passions in Israel. An investigative report broadcasted in Israeli television suggested that an officer had shot a young girl, he was found not guilty later. The report had used digital techniques to emphasize the critical view of the journalist in charge. The lecture will analyse this case which has been adjucated by the Israeli Supreme Court now. The legal and ethical consequences for constructing reality through news media will be discussed then.   »»

Adapting Public Service to the Multiplatform Scenario

Seminar with lecture by Alison Harcourt, Jean Monnet Chair in the Information Society at the University of Exeter (UK), and presentation of the Final Report of the PSB Digital Project by Roberto Suárez Candel, on Monday, July 9th 2012, 18.00-20.00 hrs, Library of the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Heimhuderstr. 21, 20148 Hamburg, free attendance, registration required   »»

Tipp: Risk-taking Online Behaviour – Young People, Harm and Resilience

Final conference of the 2-year long international project ROBERT, co-funded by the European Commission through the Safer Internet Plus programme, which has brought new insights and extended our knowledge of risk, harm and resilience factors influencing young people’s interaction online, the nature of their online behaviour and their strategies to stay safe, Wednesday 23rd of May, 13.30 - Thursday 24th of May 16.30, Ameron Abion Hotel Spreebogen, Berlin, more details and programme

Comparing Media Policy and Regulation

GMaC-Lunch with an English lecture by Dr. Manuel Puppis, guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut and at the Graduate School Media and Communication (GMaC), and discussion on 15 May 2012, 12-14 h, 1st floor of the Hans-Bredow-Institut. Participation is free, please register by email and bring your own lunch!

Long Term Studies on Societal and Medial Change: The Example of the Trend Analyses by the Swedish SOM Institute

A look into the think tank of the most important Swedish surveys in room 106 at the Faculty of Education of Hamburg University, Von-Melle-Park 8, 20146 Hamburg, on Friday 23 March 2012, 3-5 p.m. Presentation and discussion in English, free attendance, registration required.   »»

Radio Aesthetics – Radio Identities

Scientific workshop with German and Danish academics of the network "Radio Aesthetics – Radio Identities" to explore the relations between sound aesthetics, targeting strategies and individual uses of radio — today, in the past and in intercultural comparison, at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, February 24th and 25th, 2012   »»

Social Media and the Transformation of Publicness

Lecture by Jan-Hinrik Schmidt at the Social Media Week Hamburg, University of Hamburg, Monday, February 13 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Auditorium ESA W 221, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Flügelbau West, room 221, 2nd floor, no fee, registration required   »»

Freedom of Speech in Israel

Colloquy with Dr. Elad Peled, Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, about the Constitutional Protection of Speech in Israel, Thursday, January 26th 2012, 6.00-8.00 pm, in the library of the Hans-Bredow-Institut   »»

Broadcasting Media in Thailand under Convergence: Challenges to Regulation

The Hamburg Society for Thai Studies e.V. and the Hans-Bredow-Institut invited to a lecture by the guest researcher at the HBI, Chanansara Oranop Na Ayutthaya from Thai Media Policy Center in Bangkok, on Monday, Nov 21, 2011 at 6 pm at the University of Hamburg, Asien Africa Institute, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, east wing, room 232, Flyer (pdf-Datei

Human[i]ties Perspective 2011

The conference and professional networking event aimed at Erasmus Mundus students and alumni from Culture, Media and Communications studies was held at the University of Hamburg, November 11th and 12th.   »»

1. Berlin Symposium on Internet and Society

On October 25-28th 2011, the new Institute for Internet and Society had its international Inauguration Symposium. The symposium consisted of three elements: 1. the Inauguration on October 25th, 2. the Research Symposium on October 26th and 27th, a transdisciplinary academic conference which brought together researchers who are committed to work in the area of Internet and Society, and 3. the Open Science Forum, on October 28th, which provided an innovative platform for academia and different stakeholders from industry, politics and various different civil society interest groups.   »»

Children, Risk and Safety Online: Research and Policy Challenges in Comparative Perspective

International "EU Kids Online" conference for researchers, policy makers, industry, educators, NGOs and government, 22-23 September 2011 at LSE, London, UK. The conference showcased final results and recommendations regarding online activities, risks and safety, based on a survey of 25,000 European children conducted by the EU Kids Online network of more than 100 researchers in 25 countries and funded by the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme.   »»

Digital Transparencies: The Saturation of Surveillance

Lecture by Joshua Meyrowitz, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire, on Monday, Sept 5th, 2011, 6-8 pm in the library of the Hans-Bredow-Institut.   »»

Summer School on European ICT and IPR Law 2011

organized by the European Academy of ICT Law and the CO-REACH Project on IPR in Reichenau/Rax, Austria,  31. July  –  5.Aug. 2011. The Summer School hosted lecturers and students from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and United Kingdom. The Summer School was sponsored by the Co-Reach-Protect and by participating universities.   »»

Media Practice – Media Modes. Media Acting from a Practical Theoretical Perspective

Lecture by Christian Pentzold at the Graduate School Media and Communication in Hamburg on 29 June 2011.

Christian Pentzold is a graduate student at the University of Chemnitz. More information at or

Do the Media Form Europe’s Memory?

Panel discussion with researchers and journalists, hosted by the Research Center Media and Communication in the context of the European Week 2011 at the University of Hamburg on 12 May 2011.

Media Education Congress in Berlin

The congress was hosted by the initiative “Keine Bildung ohne Medien!” [No Education without Media!] (C. Lampert) at the TU Berlin on 24 and 25 March 2011 and addressed everyone dealing with the support of media competence. It is intended to contribute to a broad and sustainable establishment of media education.  

Lecture Series “The Literary Field in Hamburg 1933-1945”

of the University of Hamburg in winter semester 2010/11, among others with a lecture by H.-U. Wagner from the re-search project "History of Broadcasting in Northern Germany".

Growing up in a Digital Society: Search for Values in the Lives of Children and Young People in Germany and Europe

Presentation of the findings of the European study EU Kids Online and discussion about the socio-political implications in a joint event of the State Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate (LMK) and the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Tuesday, December, 7th, 2010, at the British Embassy in Berlin, Wilhelmstraße 70, 10117 Berlin   »»

ECREA 2010 in Hamburg

From 12 to 15 October 2010, the Hans-Bredow-Institut hosted the third conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in cooperation with the University of Hamburg and Hamburg Media School. The conference focused on the topic of “Transcultural Communication – Intercultural Comparisons”. Further information is available at the conference website   »»

Avatars and Humans. Representing Users in Digital Games

The pre-conference to the ECREA 2010 in Hamburg on 12 October 2010, organised by the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research, the Hamburg Media School, and the Ilmenau University of Technology, discussed and analysed the complex relationships between users and “avatars” – computer generated visual representations of users. Further information about the topic & questions, the Call for Papers, the deadline, timeline and venue can be found here.   »»

Summer School | 2010: MEDIA CONVERGENCE: Concepts, Forms, Consequences

26 to 30 July 2010, hosted by the Institute for Media and Communications, the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research, the Research Center for Media & Communication (RCMC), and the Graduate School Media & Communication (GMaC), programme (PDF, German)

Social Games Studies: What Do We Know, What Might We Learn?

Scientific Workshop at the Games Comvention Online 2010, Friday, July 9th, 2010, 2:00-6:30 pm in Leipzig   »»

Games Convention Online 2010 Business Talks

From 8 to 11 July 2010, business representatives as well as users of browser, client and mobile games met at the second Games Convention Online in Leipzig. In the context of the convention, practice-oriented questions were discussed from different perspectives during business talks. The Hans-Bredow-Institut was the academic partner for all business talks.

New Public Spheres – New Cultures? Key Media in Times of the Internet

A conference hosted by the Hans-Bredow-Institut and the Alcatel Lucent Foundation on 9 June 2010 in Hamburg.

Who Earns by What Right? Digital Challenges for Authors, Commercializers and Users

Symposium hosted by the Hans-Bredow-Institut, the Media Authority Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH) and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on 3 June 2010 in Hamburg.

CO-REACH-Workshop on IP Enforcement on the Internet

In the context of its project “Intellectual Property Rights in the New Media”, which is funded by the CO-REACH programme, the Hans-Bredow-Institut, together with its partners, hosted a workshop on IP enforcement on the internet from 17 to 19 May 2010.   »»

Europe from Inside – Europe from Outside

Contributions from communication and media research and media practice. Lecture series and discussions in the context of the Hamburg European Week on 4 May 2010.

Inauguration of the Research Center Media and Communications (RCMC)

at the main building of the University of Hamburg on 21 April 2010.

Language Governance in Digital Culture

Lecture and discussion with Thomas Petzold at the Hans-Bredow-Institut on 13 April 2010.

Innovation Workshop – Workshop I on Intellectual Property Right for Content Providers

First workshop in the context of the Innovation Workshop "Creativity and Copyright on the Internet" with representatives of the economy on the issue of "Intellectual Property Right for Content Providers" in Hamburg on 19 March 2010.


Dialogue Conference on Browser-, Client- and Mobile-Games on 31 July/1 August 2009 in Leipzig   »»

Internet Governance

Lecture by W. Schulz at the Asia Pacific Insitute for Cyber Law Studies in Beijing, May, 22nd 2009   »»

Cultural Identity and Diversity

Lecture by W. Schulz at the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing, May, 22nd 2009   »»

Media and their Sciences – Media Research in Hamburg

Lecture Series of the Research Center for Media and Communications, a joint initiative of the University of Hamburg, Hans-Bredow-Institut and Hamburg Media School in summer semester 2009. 

Regina McCombs: How US Companies are Using Social Media Tools Like Twitter, Facebook and Digg in News Gathering

We grabbed the chance of her visiting Hamburg and at very short notice were able to win over Regina McCombs, renowned US-expert for online journalism, for a lecture plus discussion. The joint event of the Akademie für Publizistik, the Institute for Journalism and Communication Studies and the Hans-Bredow-Institut took place at the University of Hamburg, Institute for Journalism and Communication Studies on Monday, 18 May 2009.   »»

Talking about Europe - Gespräche über Europa

Lecture series of the Research Centre ”European Media and Public Spheres” (EuroMaPS) during Wintersemester 2008/9 with lecturers from London, Bruxelles, Barcelona and Vienna. Allende Platz 1, room 250, Start: 05. November 2008, 4.00 - 6.00 pm, no registration, no fee.   »»

Sexy Media? Gender - Mediality - Culturality

A lecture series of the University of Hamburg in the Winter Semester 2008/09 with the support of the Hans-Bredow-Institut, starting on Monday, 27.10.08, 6.00 - 8.00 pm.   »»

Current Developments in Web 2.0

The Hans-Bredow-Institut is presenting this series of lectures at the University of Hamburg, Hörsaal C, ESA 1, starting on Monday, 20.10.08, 6.00-8.00 pm, entry is free and you don’t need to register.   »»

Linked-up with the World. Children and Adolescents in Virtual Environments

German symposium at the Französischer Dom in Berlin on 9 and 10 October 2008. Programme   »»

Media Repertoires of Social Milieux and Changes in the Media – Perspectives for Research into Usage across Media

Symposium of the Hans-Bredow-Institut on september 11th & 12th, 2008 in Hamburg.   »»

More Fun, More Risk? Digital Games as a Challenge for the Protection of Minors

An Interdisciplinary European Symposium on october 16th & 17th, 2008 in Berlin; more information available here.   »»