Community Building Against Disinformation

EMIF gathers its community in the second edition of its flagship event to present its projects, foster dialogue on fighting disinformation, and discuss future priorities for 2024.

The challenges raised by disinformation have been continuously changing in the past year. The rapid evolution of AI technologies and the evolving policies of social media platforms have posed significant challenges to the effective study of online disinformation. Nonetheless, the recent developments in EU regulations have introduced a range of innovative tools that show promise in combating hostile information operations, especially in the lead-up to the 2024 European elections.

The EMIF Autumn Event will be an opportunity to gather the European community of fact-checkers, media literacy practitioners, researchers, and journalists working to counter disinformation. Over the past two years, EMIF has supported the community by funding 68 European initiatives in the action areas of fact-checking, media literacy, research, and investigations.

Across the span of a day and a half, numerous EMIF initiatives will showcase their projects and their impact. The event will feature multiple panels and discussions focusing on the lessons learned from previous initiatives and other critical themes related to countering disinformation, including elections, European regulations, climate change, and technological progress. Additionally, the occasion will be an opportunity to acknowledge the work done by the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) and its network of national and regional Hubs.


14:00 / Welcome coffee and Registration

15:00 – 15:15 / Opening remarks

Marco Del Panta (Secretary-General of the EUI; Chair of the Steering Committee, EMIF)

15:15 – 15:30 / Keynote speech

Věra Jourová (Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency) online

15:30 – 16:30 / Regulating disinformation in the European media landscape

Moderator: Pier Luigi Parcu (Director, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, EUI)

Ricardo Gutiérrez (General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists)

Alberto Rabbachin (Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission)

Sabine Verheyen (Member of the European Parliament, Group of the European People's Party)

Clara Jiménez Cruz (CEO,, EFCSN)

Lara Levet (Public Policy Manager, EU Affairs, Meta)

16:30 – 16:45 / Coffee break

16:45 – 17:45 / Lessons learned and future avenues for countering disinformation

Moderator: Konrad Bleyer-Simon (Research Associate, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, EUI)

Lutz Güllner (Head of Strategic Communications, European External Action Service)

Christophe Leclercq (Founder and Director, Europe’s Media Lab)

Maria Giovanna Sessa (Research Manager, EU DisinfoLab)

Stephanie Burnett (Digital Verification Editor, Reuters)

17:45 – 18:00 / Closing Remarks

Paolo Cesarini (Programme Director, EUI)

18:00 – 19:00 / Cocktail Reception

09:00 – 09:20 / Welcome coffee

09:20 – 09:35 / Opening session

Pedro Calado (Chair of the Management Committee, EMIF)

09:35 – 10:50 / EMIF Grantee Presentation Round I


Fact-Checking to Improve Media Coverage of the Arctic in Europe

Dwayne Menezes (Founder and Managing Director, Polar Research and Policy Initiative)

Niels Arne Johnsen (Member of the Advisory Board, Polar Connection)

FRAME (Fact-checking Reinforced by AI for Media Outlets)

Emma Cacciamani (Vice-President, Les Surligneurs)

Juliette Toussaint (Partnerships Manager, Les Surligneurs


Investigations into Disinformation


Radovan Geist (Expert, EuroPolicy Institute)


Santiago Tejedor Calvo (Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Cristina Pulido Rodriguez (Postdoctoral Researcher, Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Albert Sarabia Tarraga (Researcher, Autonomous University of Barcelona)

10:50 – 11:00 / Coffee break

11:00 – 12:15 / EMIF Grantee Presentation Round II

Research - Studies & Sandboxes


Jaume Suau Martínez (Leading researcher, DIGILAB, Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull)

Sara Estevez Manteiga (Machine Learning Engineer, Newtral Media)

Luis Espinosa (Lecturer, University of Cardiff)

LATIF Project

Elena Musi (Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Communication and Media, University of Liverpool)

Mariavittoria Masotina (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Liverpool)

Lorenzo Federico (Data Scientist, Luiss University)


Media and Information Literacy

Empowering Schools in Self-regulation of Media and Information Literacy Processes 

Christian Tarchi (Associate Professor, University of Florence)

Chiara Pecini (Associate Professor, University of Florence)

Empowering Critical Thinking

Rita Šukytė (Director, "Langas į ateitį" Association)

Laura Grineviciute (Director, Association Public Internet Access Points)

12:15 – 13:30 / Parallel workshops

Effective communication of project results

Mariaclaudia Carella (Communications Officer, EUI- STG)

Tools for data analysis and visualization

Pep Torn, Director of EUI Library

Andrea Maniscalco, Head of HR, Training & Communities, Visualitics

Danilo De Rosa, Business Intelligence Consultant and Trainer, Visualitics

13:30 – 14:30 / Networking Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 / Thematic Breakout Sessions

The interplay between the EMFA, the Code of Practice and media pluralism in Europe

Iva Nenadic (Research Fellow, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, EUI)

Sebastián Becker (Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights (European Digital Rights)

Rolf Nijmeijer (EMIF Research Associate, STG – EUI)

Using technology to counter disinformation

Michele Giovanardi (Coordinator of the Global PeaceTech Hub, European University Institute - School of Transnational Governance)

Kalina Bontcheva (Member of EDMO Advisory Council and Senior Researcher, University of Sheffield)

Lisa Ginsborg (EDMO Research Fellow, EUI- STG)

Climate disinformation

Mauro Buonocore (Head of the Communication and Media Office, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change)

John Cook (Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences)

Jennie King (Head of Climate Research and Policy, Institute for Strategic Dialogue and CAAD Coalition)

Paula Gori (EDMO Secretary General, EUI – STG)

15:30 – 16:30 / EDMO Hubs Thematic Session

Disinformation and the 2024 European Elections

Moderator: Paolo Cesarini (Programme Director, EUI)

Madeleine de Cock Buning (Chair of the EDMO Advisory Council, EUI – STG)

Michal Šenk (Researcher, Charles University) for CEDMO

Ramón Salaverría Aliaga (Professor, University of Navarra) for IBERIFIER

Eneya Georgieva (Manager of Disinformation Products, Ontotext) for BROD

Salvatore Custureri (Project Manager, Luiss University) for IDMO

Andy Demeulenaere (Coordinator, Mediawijs) for EDMO BELUX

16:30 – 16:45 / Coffee break

16:45 – 17:45 / Interactive Townhall on Future EMIF Funding Priorities

Moderator: Joanna Krawczyk (Deputy Managing Director, German Marshall Fund;Member of the Management Committee, EMIF)

Introduction by Benoît Loutrel (Board Member, ARCOM)

17:45 – 18:00 / Closing remarks

Georgios Papakonstantinou (Acting Director, STG – EUI)



16 and 17 November 2023


Online & In-Person at the Refettorio, Badia Fiesolana, European University Institute,
Florence, Italy




Updated on 17 january 2024

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