Etmaal 2017: Innovative Methods in Communication Research

Did you know that we have a brand new Virtual Reality-lab, the DAF Technology lab? Pay our lab a visit on Thursday at 2.30 pm (with Angelique Tinga) or on Friday at 10.30 am (with Per Van der Wijst)!

The program for the conference can be found here (minor updates dd. 24-01-2017). As of now, you can also access the mobile website via the URL: You can also download the app in the Google Play store (Android) and the App Store (iOS).

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THE ETMAAL VAN DE COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP 2017 will be held 26-27 January 2017 in Tilburg. This year’s conference is organized by Tilburg University under the flag of NefCa (the Netherlands Flanders Communication Association). It brings together communication scholars from Flanders, the Netherlands and beyond with the objective to exchange research findings and discuss emerging topics.

The theme of the 2017 conference is INNOVATIVE METHODS IN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH. Communication scholars increasingly embed innovative research methods in their research practices. These innovative methods encompass both new quantitative approaches, such as the use of neuroscientific methods for revealing the neuro-psychological basis of media effects or computational methods for collecting and analyzing big data, as well as new qualitative approaches, such as the use of (digital) ethnography to unravel digital cultural practices. This year’s conference theme is devoted to the novel insights that these innovative methods generate into the interplay between individuals and the media, and how they thus ultimately advance our understanding of society.

Starting from the strengths and knowledge basis of the interdisciplinary field of communication sciences, we aim to exchange and discuss the conceptual ideas and methodological opportunities and challenges that the use of innovative methods brings forth.

Following on from this topic, the KEYNOTE SPEAKER at this year’s event is

Prof. RENE WEBER (UC Santa Barbara) talking about “Bridging neuroscience and communication research – Can innovative methods drive theory development”.

The 2017 edition of the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap is organized by Tilburg University’s Department of Communication and Information Sciences, which is situated in the Faculty of Humanities. The research group hosted by the department is the Tilburg Centre for Cognition & Communication (TiCC). TiCC is recognized as one of five Centers of Excellence at Tilburg University.

TiCC hosts scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, including Communication Studies, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience and Psychology. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, TiCC scholars study the multi-faceted nature of human communication (verbal, non-verbal and computer-mediated). Research topics include online advertising and marketing, language & cognition, online journalism, computer-mediated communication and interpersonal relationships, digital media culture, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and online learning in digital environments.

Information on location, registration and accommodation is provided behind the ‘location’ and ‘registration’ buttons.

We look forward to host the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap 2017 and to welcome our (inter)national colleagues at Tilburg University’s beautiful campus.

On behalf of the organizing committee,
Alexander Schouten, Marjolijn Antheunis & Mariek Vanden Abeele