Speakers

Dr. Christos Frangonikolopoulos

Christos Frangonikolopoulos is Associate Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair Holder on European Integration Journalism at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University. He studied Politics and Government (BA Honors) and International Relations (PhD) at the University of Kent at Canterbury (England). He has worked as a diplomatic newspaper correspondent (1995-2003) and advisor to the Greek Parliament (1997-2003).

He combines a significant research output with practical experience. His research interests and teaching have an interdisciplinary character, combining International Relations, European Integration with Global/European and Peace Journalism. In Greece, he is the author of the book The Global Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (I. Sideris, 2007) and co-author of the following books: Global Politics (Kallipos, 2015), Greek Media and Foreign Policy (Ι. Sideris, 2011), An Introduction to Cosmopolitan Democracy (I. Sideris, 2010). He is also co-editor of Transnational Celebrity Activism: Changing the World? (London, Intellect 2011). In Greece and abroad he has published in journals such as Global Society, The Round Table, Nordicom, Etudes Helleniques, Greek Review of Political Science, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Global Discourse, Bridges, Journal of International Electronic Governance, New Perspectives on European Society and Politics, Journalism, South East Europe and Black Sea Studies and Media Dialogues. 


Dr. Nikos Panagiotou

Dr. Nikos Panagiotou [npanagiotou@jour.auth.gr, nikospanagiotou@gmail.com] is Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle University. He has been a Chevening Scholar of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Socrates Scholar at Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), Scholar of the State of Luxembourg, in University of Luxembourg, RCAP Scholar from APU University, Japan, and Scholar to Beijing Foreign Studies University. Moreover, he is a peer-reviewer at St. Antony’s International Review Oxford University, b) Multi-Disciplinary Scientific Journal of International Black Sea University, and c) Journal of Culture and Society and member of the advisory board of peer reviewers for Networking Knowledge. He has participated in a series of scientific researches, has published articles in International and Greek journals and in edited volumes. His research interests are upon: Global Journalism, Mass Media Literacy Conflict Analysis and Resolution


Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt studied Business and Economic Science at the University of Siegen and completed his PhD at the University of Cologne. He is professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn Rhine Sieg and Head of the Academic Department of DWA. His research focus lies on international media systems, innovation and media management. He teaches at universities and institutes of higher learning in Germany and abroad.


Dr. Almuth Schellpeper

Almuth Schellpeper completed a Master’s Degree in Media Science at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany, and a Master’s Degree in Development Management at the University of the Western Cape in Capetown, South Africa. She worked several years as a radio and TV journalist before she went into training and teaching journalists and media students both in and outside Germany. The main focus of her research lies on journalism cultures, and innovation and digital change in the media society.

 


Andreas Panagopoulos

Ηe holds a M.A. in Journalism & Communications from the Open University of Cyprus, where he graduated 1st in his class with distinction. He, also, holds, also a B.A from the Athens University of Economics & Business.He is managing the Digital Multimedia Hub of DPG digital publishing Group  and he organized as  Head of News , CNN Greece.  From 2009 until July 2015 he was the News Director for ANT1 TV and ant1news.gr. He has been granted with the Ath. Botsis Foundation Journalism Award. Additionally, Andreas has been awarded three times with the Gold “Best Integrated Reporting” Award at the Digital Media Awards of 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is a highly experienced reporter in all major categories of journalistic reporting, including politics, economy and war & conflict since 1990.


Dr. Andreas Veglis

Dr. Andreas Veglis is Professor, Head of the Media Informatics Lab at the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his BSc in Physics, MSc in Electronics Hand Communications, and PhD in Computer Science, all from Aristotle University. He successfully completed his doctoral dissertation on computer architecture in 1995. He is the co-editor of “The Handbook of Global Online Journalism” (http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444338552.html). He is also member of the editorial board in nine peer review scientific journals in the area of journalism and mass communications. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, he has published 60 papers on scientific journals and he has presented 91 papers in international and national Conferences. His current research interests include media technology, web 2.0/3.0 tools in media / new media, course support environments, data journalism, open data, social media content verification, Internet censorship, cross media publishing and others. Professor Veglis has been involved in 25 national and international research projects.


Dr. Charalampos Bratsas

Dr. Charalampos Bratsas is the founder of Open Knowledge Foundation Greece and CEO. He is working as researcher and teaching academic staff at the Department of Mathematics, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and participates as researcher in Medical Physics Laboratory of AUTH. Main research areas are Open Data, Semantic Web, Social Semantic Web, Linked Data (Greek DBpedia Coordinator), Data Mining, Big Data and AI applications. He is also post-doctoral scientific associate at Complex System Analysis Laboratory of AUTH. He holds a bachelor degree in Maths, master degree in Medical Informatics and PhD in Informatics in Medical Education. He has participated in many European Committee research programs. He has more than 60 articles in the fields of semantic web and Artificial Intelligent and Data Analysis published in scientific Journals and conference proceedings.


Dr. Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou

Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou is Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). From 2014 until 2016 she has supervised an interdisciplinary team studying the role of social media in conflict-ridden societies in the research project “INFOCORE: (In)forming conflict prevention, response and resolution: the role of media in violent conflict” funded under the 7th European Framework Program. Her research interests include online and participatory journalism, social media and networks, new media literacy. She has worked as a researcher for EU projects and is involved in international networks and projects as lead researcher and coordinator for Greece. She has served for four years in the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (Chair: 2014-2016; Vice-Chair: 2012-2014).

 


Dr. George Pleios

George Pleios, was born in Athens Greece on November 5, 1959. He studied Sociology (BA and MA) in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, at the University of Sofia “Kliment Ohridski”. At the same University he completed in 1987 his doctoral studies in Sociology of Culture and Mass Media. His doctoral thesis “Cinema as Artistic Communication” was on Sociology of Cinema.

Since 2001 he is Professor at the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Previously he has worked at the University of Ioannina (1990 – 1993) and at the University of Crete (1994 – 2001). Since 2003 he is Director of the Laboratory for Social Research in Mass Media. He has also taught as Visiting Professor at the Department of Journalism, Fredrick University (Cyprus), at the Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski” (Bulgaria), at the Institute of Journalism “Taras Shevchentko”, National University of Ukraine and he has given lectures as invited speaker in the ELTE University of Budapest (Hungary), in the Institute of Social Sciences in Lisbon (Portugal) and in the Cyprus University of Technology.

Alone or in collaboration with other authors he has published seven books, twenty-one chapters in edited volumes in Greece and abroad, more than forty papers in Greek and international journals, and has presented more than fifty papers in academic conferences in Greece and internationally. Works of him have been published in Great Britain, USA, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. He conducts regularly research of Greek printed, television and online news and has conducted more than 25 research projects as Primary Investigator.

Some of his recent works: The politics of news (2016), Problemas sociales e Internet: de la individualización al aislamiento social y la desigualdad social (2016), Communication and Symbolic Capitalism. Rethinking Marxist Communication Theory in the Light of the Information Society (2015), Facebook and crisis: alternative information or adjustment? (2015), The news of crisis (2015), Social media in time of crisis (2014), Crisis and the media: from the political logic towards a second degree media logic (2014), H1N1 and news. Information or panic? (2014). Crisis and the media (2013, edited volume), News and modernity. The society of pleasant information (2011), The “national issues” in the maelstrom of mass media (volume, do-author Ch. Frangonikolopoulos, 2010).

He is a member of many Greek and international academic organizations and Vice President of the Hellenic Sociological Association (HSA). During 2011 – 2014 period he was Vice Coordinator of the Research Network 18 (Media Sociology) of the European Sociological Association. Between 2011 – 2015 he was Chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens. He is also member of the Supervisory Board of the European Centre for Press Freedom and Media Freedom (ECPMF). Since November 2016 he is board member the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV).


Panagiotis – Marios Filippidis

Panagiotis – Marios Filippidis (male): ​is a Developer and Data Analyst working for Open Knowledge Greece. He is a PhD candidate in the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the area of advanced semantic web services for sports content management. He holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a M.Sc. in Web Science, School of Mathematics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has extensive experience in Data Modelling, Ontology Engineering, Semantic Web technologies and Data Journalism. He is creator and maintainer of many statistical – sports and fiscal – RDF datasets. His area of research includes Semantic Web, Data Journalism, Big Data, Sports Analytics and Topic & Event Detection.

 

 


Dr. Sherri Hope Culver

Sherri serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University, USA where she is an Associate Professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication. Sherri is a 3-term past president of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and currently serves on the board of directors. Sherri worked in the media business as a producer and public television executive for over 25 years and currently consults for children’s media companies, such as YouTube Kids and Nickelodeon. She regularly presents internationally on media literacy and children’s media topics. Sherri is co-executive editor of the UNESCO 2016 yearbook on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue and served as co-editor of the yearbooks from 2013-2015.

 


Dr. Sofia Theodosiadou

Dr. Sofia Theodosiadou She has been an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Communication and Media studies at the School of Journalism and Media Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at the University of Western Macedonia (Florina, Kozani, Greece) and at the Technological Educational Institutes (TEI) of Western Macedonia (Kastoria, Greece) and of Ionian Islands (Cephalonia, Greece) at the Departments of Communication and Public Relations since 2002. She has also been working as a radio and magazine journalist in Athens and Thessaloniki. She has been a full trainee at the BBC World Service, London, UK as an EU scholar. In May 2013 she has been included in the academic guide Who’s who in Research: Media Studies of Intellect Publications (ISBN 9781841504971). She has participated in a series of scientific researches, has published articles in International and Greek journals and in edited volumes. Her research interests are upon: radio, new media and journalism, identity of journalists, media literacy, music and politics and children media.


Sotiris Karampatakis

Sotiris Karampatakis is a  Developer and Data Analyst working for OKF Greece. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics, University of Crete, M.Sc. Web Science, School of Mathematics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and M.Sc. Electronics student. He is creator and maintainer of many datasets in the LOD cloud (Greek libraries bibliographic and authority records, Greek WordNet), and current administrator of the Greek DBpedia. He is expert in Data Modelling, Ontology Engineering and a full stack  Semantic Web developer. His area of research includes Semantic Web, SSNs, Big Data, Data Analytics, Data Visualizations, Ontology Alignment, IoT.


Dr. Theodora A. Maniou

Theodora A. Maniou holds a BA in Journalism (Aristotle University, Greece), an MA in Communication’s Policy Studies (CITY University of London, UK) and a PhD in Journalism (Aristotle University, Greece). She is a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism (Frederick University, Cyprus) and, at the same time, she is a columnist in print and web media organisations in Cyprus. She has worked as a journalist since 1994 in broadcast, print and web media. She is a member of the International Federation of Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists and the Macedonia -Thrace Union of Journalists (Greece).


Voula Kexagia

Voula Kexagia has been in journalism for more than 20 years. She is one of the most prominent political editors in Greece. She has worked for the largest daily newspapers in the country, “Ta Nea” and “Ethnos” and for the digital “CNN.gr”. She has hosted a daily political talk show for national broadcasting radio network “To Vima”. In addition, she has also contributed to the evening news of the public broadcasting television network. 

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