About us

UZH Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zürich

IKMZ – At the cutting edge since 1903

The media and information society on the one hand, social science on the other – this combination lies at the heart of the research and teaching at IKMZ, the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. We focus on mediated communication – via television, radio and the print media as well as online and mobile. We analyze the societal conditions for this communication, the strategies of the parties involved, media content and its usage and effects upon individuals and societies alike.

IKMZ sees communication and media from a social scientific perspective – although naturally one with interdisciplinary references and collaborations. It focuses on Switzerland, but places the country in a global context as well. In it’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, IKMZ introduces the full scope of its discipline and focuses on issues which are currently being researched in the department and debated in society.

IKMZ dates back more than 100 years. It developed from a professorship for newspaper research that was established at the University of Zurich in 1903. Today, some 80 people research, teach and work at IKMZ, supported by visiting lecturers and student assistants. With 11 professorships and more than 1,100 students, IKMZ is Switzerland’s largest communications department. According to international rankings, it is one of the leading departments in Europe.

Department management

Prof. Dr. Frank Esser

Prof. Dr. Frank Esser Head of the Department
The Head of the Department manages IKMZ and represents its interests vis-à-vis the university and the public. He is responsible for the department’s strategic planning and for shaping and controlling the business processes. The Head of Department is responsible for IKMZ’s budget, development and financial planning as well as the internal reporting.

Portrait

lic. phil. Bettina Lennström General Manager
The General Manager supports the Head of Department in the strategic and planning administration and coordinates the administrative processes within IKMZ. She is responsible for resource planning (finance, human resources, infrastructure and teaching), reporting as well as quality management. The General Manager oversees the department’s core support units: the back office, library, IT and e-learning.