Barbara Thomaß is Professor at the Institute for Media Studies, University of Bochum, Germany, chair "International Comparison of Media Systems". Her main fields of interests are media systems in Eastern and Western Europe, broadcasting policies, media in processes of democratisation and transformation, media and journalism ethics.She is a member of the administrative council of the ZDF, the national public service broadcaster in Germany, and head of the board of Akademie für Publizistik. She had been lecturing and researching in communication science at the universities of Hamburg, Goettingen, Lueneburg and Bremen and at the universities in Vienna and Paris.

She has been working with international organisations for several years in courses on journalism standards and ethics in different parts of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, in West Africa and South East Asia. Prior to her academic career she had been working as a journalist.


Thursday 19:30 – 20:30 Panel discussion on the need for a Shared Digital European Public Spaces