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European Democracy and Emerging Communication Orders

11-15 April 2023
Venue: Venice, Isle of San Servolo

Making your voice heard in digital governance

How to promote democratic values and fundamental rights in platform governance?

The Spring School deals with regulatory and governance issues, related to digital media and platforms. In particular, this 2023 School focuses on regulatory and policy options for digital developments at the intersection of regional (European) and global levels, in a historical moment characterised by overlapping crises – overt conflict, health, environmental and care. By bringing together scholars and expert practitioners from different regions and knowledge backgrounds, the Spring School will foster interdisciplinary and intergenerational reflections upon the challenges associated with emerging world orders from a communication governance perspective, and the role of the European Union therein. Students will be involved in multiple activities, including working in groups to elaborate policy briefs on the topics discussed. Join the EuromediApp Spring School 2023 to learn how to make your voice heard in digital governance!

Who can join

PhD and advanced Master students in the field of communication studies, political science and sociology.

Participation is subject to a selection process.


The event will take place on the isle of San Servolo, at the Venice International University (VIU), just a few minutes by water bus from Piazza San Marco. See more details on how to get there:


In Venice, the program includes:

  • Presentation of posters
  • Seminars, panels, interactive sessions on:
    • Communication governance and geopolitics
    • Technological developments challenging European governance
    • Knowledge values and emerging communication orders
  • Group activities for writing policy briefs
  • Excursion to outlandish Venice
The final program will be available in January 2023.


100 EUR per student, paid after the acceptance of application.

EuromediApp covers accommodation for the whole stay in San Servolo with full pension. The project also covers cultural excursions included in the program. EuromediApp does not cover travel costs to the venue.

Travel grant

Travel costs should be covered by the participants or their institutions. If your university does not offer any financial support for such a travel and you still need a subsidy, you can request a travel grant (reimbursing expenses up to 400 EUR).

Travel grants are limited.

You will have to submit a letter from your supervisor confirming your university does not support the participation of students in summer/winter/spring schools.


Please click on “Apply” below and fulfil the form, including your motivation letter (max. 500 words) and curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages), by 23rd December 2022. Selected students will be informed by 10th January 2023.

Applications are closed!

Facts & figures

This is the second school organised by the EuromediApp. See the feedback from participants of the first Winter School, held in Strobl (Austria) in February 2022:

  • 70% of the participants considered it one of the 10% best academic events they have ever attended
  • 86% of the participants indicated they were very satisfied (max. evaluation score) with the event. No student was unsatisfied
  • After attending it, 86% of the participants would have paid a fee of 200 EUR or more (considering both value for money and their economic conditions)

In their own words...

“The formula was perfect: the best of working environment and the best of good mood. The flow was great. Great teachers and wonderful networking among students”

“Thank you for the great week! I could feel that you really wanted to make it special, informative and enjoyable and you put a lot of effort into organizing it. All the faculty as well as students seemed committed and happy to make the most of this time”

“I am very impressed with the quality of the input lectures and everyone’s willingness to collaborate and share knowledge with one another”

Organising committee

On behalf of the Jean Monnet Network European Media and Platform Policy (EuromediApp):
  • Claudia Padovani and Andrea Pettrachin (University of Padova)
  • Hannu Nieminen (University of Helsinki)
  • Helena Sousa (University of Minho)
  • Josef Trappel and Tales Tomaz (University of Salzburg)
  • Robin Mansell (London School of Economics)