Prof. Dr. Kurt Imhof † (1956–2015)
was Professor of Sociology and Mass Communication at IKMZ and founded fög (Forschungsbereich Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft), the Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society. His research focused on the public sphere and media sociology, social theory, the sociology of social change and the sociology of minorities and religion.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Saxer † (1931–2012)
was Head of IKMZ from 1974 to 1996, before holding the post of full Professor of Sociology of Communication at the Università della Svizzera italiana until 2001. He was a key figure for IKMZ and its development.