Young Scholars

YECREA Round Table

Date: 13 November 2019, 16:30 – 18:00, Zurich, Switzerland
Deadline for application: 1 November 2019

The Health Communication Temporary Working Group and the ECREA Young Scholars Network (YECREA) are organizing a round table debate titled „The responsible conduct of research: The ethical challenges and considerations in health communication studies“.

The event aims to encourage young scholars to exchange and share their concerns, issues, questions, dilemmas, and ideas with other scholars at different stages of their career. It will take place at the 13 November before the Get Together of the European Conference on Health Communication (ECHC) in Zurich.

Participants (young and senior scholars) that would like to take part in the round table discussion can register by sending an email with their name and affiliation to Sara Atanasova (YECREA Representative) at sara.atanasova[at]

YECREA round table discussion will include three interesting speakers that will present their views and perspectives on ethical issues, dilemmas and challanges in health communication research.

Matthias R. Hastall (Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, TU Dortmund University)
Ethical Challenges and Dilemmas in Health Communication Research
Ethical considerations affect the aims, topics, target groups, rhetorical devices and evaluation criteria of health communication activities, and likewise health communication research. The number and likelihood of predictable negative effects emphasize the necessity to reflect common communication and research practices. Building on a heuristic systematization of problematic effects, this presentation illustrates frequent ethical challenges and proposes solutions to answer them. The focus is not limited to negative health-related outcomes, but includes unintended social (e.g., stigmatization) as well as cognitive-emotional effects (e.g., anxiety, worry).

Tanja Kamin (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana)
Ethical dilemmas and transformative research perspective in health communication research: case of post-mortem organ donation
From transformative research perspective health communication research could be conceptualized as a social intervention and a researcher as a potential instrument of social change. Using an example of post-mortem organ donation, this presentation will draw attention to dilemmas and responsibilities that researchers face when designing and implementing a transformative research process, which is transdisciplinary in its nature, typically involves a greater number of stakeholders and aims to conduct research with people instead of research on subjects. It opens up issues related to inequalities, power relations, political correctness, revealing information about relationships that involve ‘third persons’ without their consent, dissemination of research data about sensitive social phenomena and using research data for designing behavior change interventions.

Solveig Lena Hansen (Department of Medical Ethics and the History of Medicine, University Medical Centre Göttingen)
Principles of Public Health Communication: a Bioethical Viewpoint
The presentation will illustrate ethical implications of public health communication, which yet play a marginal role in the field of bioethics. Important concepts are responsibility, trust, persuasion, relational autonomy, and stigmatization. Using two different examples, organ donation and obesity, the presentation will elaborate on the relationship between strategic communication and moral discourses on bioethical issues. Against a background of discourse ethics, principles of communication bioethics in the public sphere will be identified.



Please note that the Nachwuchsworkshop is an event of the DGPuK Health Communication Division and will therefore be held in German.

Der Nachwuchsworkshop findet am 13. November 2019 an der Universität Zürich statt und richtet sich an Doktorand*innen, die ihre Dissertationsvorhaben im Forschungsfeld der Gesundheitskommunikation mit Peers und erfahrenen Forscher*innen diskutieren möchten. Beim Workshop sind Dissertationsprojekte in allen Phasen der Bearbeitung – von der Konzeptions- bis zur Abschlussphase – herzlich willkommen. Die Teilnahme ist nicht an eine Mitgliedschaft in der Fachgruppe oder der DGPuK gebunden.

Bewerbungen um die Teilnahme am Workshop können bis zum 31. Juli 2019 mit einem Extended Abstract (max. 800 Wörter, exkl. Literatur) und einem kurzen Lebenslauf (max. 3 Seiten) als PDF-Dokument an gesendet werden.

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Datum: 13. November 2019, 09:00 – 16:00, Zürich, Switzerland

Deadline für Bewerbungen: 31. Juli 2019