EMIF Summer Conference 2024

Impact and Future Outlook

Over the course of a successful third year of activities, the European Media and Information Fund (EMIF) has supported 42 projects dedicated to combating disinformation across Europe and awarded a total of 6.3 million euros.

To highlight the significant impact that both the fund and its granted projects have achieved, EMIF is hosting its Summer Event in Lisbon. During this event, EMIF will share the impact of its work during the Fund’s third year (2023/2024) of operation through presenting its Annual Progress Report, External Evaluation Report, and showcasing of a diverse choice of its granted projects.



10:00 – 10:30/ Welcome coffee and registrations

10:30 – 10:40 / Welcome and Institutional Remarks      

Martin Essayan – Trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Marco del Panta – Secretary-General of the European University Institute

10:40 – 11:10 / Presentation of the EMIF Annual Progress Report for Year 3 of Implementation

Pedro Calado – Chair of the Management Committee on behalf of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Fabrizio Tassinari – Member of the Management Committee on behalf of the European University Institute

Joanna Krawczyk – Independent Member of the Management Committee, German Marshall Fund

11:10 – 11:30 / Presentation of EMIF's external assessment

Max Von Abendroth – The Partnering Initiative 

11:30 – 12:00 / Conversation with the EMIF Steering Committee

Emerging challenges and recommendations from the External Evaluation Report of Year 3              

Martin Essayan – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Marco del Panta – European University Institute

Miguel Poiares Maduro – European University Institute

Moderated by:

Paolo Cesarini – Florence School of Transnational Governance, EUI

12:00 – 13:00 / Townhall Session – EMIF's Impact after 3 years

Open discussion with audience after reports presentations         

Moderated by:

Joanna Krawczyk – EMIF / German Marshall Fund

13:00 – 14:30 / Networking lunch

14:30 – 15:30 / Networks of Disinformation in election times in Europe and worldwide   

"Global perspective from NED about the super election year"

Adam Fivenson – National Endowment for Democracy

"On the DISARM Framework and the 2024 EP Elections"

Omri Preiss – DISARM

"Observations from the EDMO Taskforce on 2024 European Elections"

Giovanni Zagni – Pagella Politica

Moderated by:

Joanna Krawczyk – EMIF / German Marshall Fund

15:30 – 16:30 / Election-themed session presentation 

Testimonies from EMIF-funded projects related to recent and ongoing electoral processes, and debate to follow.    

Anna Ørtoft – Empowering Nordic Fact-Checking with Social Data in the 2024 EP Elections

Margot Cassiers – Electi Facts: Euro 2024

Bret Schafer – The search barometer – a tool to understand search engine vulnerabilities ahead of the EP elections

Peter Kreko – The marketplace of (false) ideas

16:30 – 18:00 / Networking reception

09:30 – 09:45 / Welcome

09:45 – 11:15 / Two sides of the same coin: algorithmic accountability and user empowerment

Virginia Padovese – NewsGuard

Maria Giovanna Sessa – EU DisinfoLab

Testimonies from EMIF’s grantees:

Guillaume Kuster – Check First

Luis Espinosa-Anke – Cardiff University (Neutralizing Economic Rewards of Disinformation)

Lucia Mesquita - TeamLit

Moderated by:

Fabrizio Tassinari – Florence School of Transnational Governance, EUI

11:15 – 11:30 / Coffee break

11:30 – 11:45 / How EMIF addresses the main thematic areas targeted by disinformation

Rolf Nijmeijer – EMIF, Florence School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Annachiara Zardini – EMIF, Florence School of Transnational Governance, EUI

11:45 – 12:45 / Flash Talks on Emergent in Disinformation themes

Testimonies from EMIF grantees on four thematic areas: vulnerable groups, health, climate, international crises

EMIF’s grantees invited:

Marie Šafář Postma – Tilburg University, DCA - The dynamics of LGBTQ+ misinformation across Europe. The dynamics of LGBTQ+ misinformation across Europe

Lucila Gisele Alvarez Zuzek – Leiden University - Understanding Misinformation and Science in Societal Debates (UnMiSSeD)

Ioanna Kostarella – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - SHAAZAM

Attila Biro – Debunking Deceit: Defend Ukraine and EU Against Malign Mis/Disinformation 

Moderated by:

Joana Pires Teixeira – EMIF, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Youssef Zeineddine – EMIF, Florence School of Transnational Governance, EUI

12:45 – 13:00 / Closing remarks                       

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

European University Institute

13:00 – 14:30 / Networking lunch



15 July 2024 / 10:00 – 18:00 

16 July 2024 / 09:30 – 14:30



Auditorium 3
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Avenida de Berna 45 A, 1067-001 Lisbon, Portugal


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Updated on 08 july 2024

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