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EMIF Summer Conference

Impact and Future Outlook

Add to calendar 2024-07-15 10:00 2024-07-16 13:15 Europe/Rome EMIF Summer Conference Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon YYYY-MM-DD


Mon 15 Jul 2024 10.00 - 18.00

Tue 16 Jul 2024 10.00 - 13.15


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

EMIF will gather its community and stakeholders in Lisbon to review its impact, discuss current disinformation trends, and have an outlook on the Fund's future.

Location: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Av. de Berna 45 A, Lisbon, Portugal

Day 1: Monday, 15 July (10:00 – 16:30 WEST)

10:00 – 10:30

Welcome coffee and registrations


10:30 – 10:40

Welcome and institutional remarks

Martin Essayan – Trustee of 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

Moderated by Paolo Cesarini - Florence School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Martin Essayan - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Marco del Panta - European University Institute

Miguel Maduro - European University Institute


12:00 – 13:00

Townhall Session – EMIF's Impact after 3 years

Open discussion with audience after reports presentations

Moderated by Francesca Roberti and Rolf Nijmeijer – EUI


13:00 – 14:30

Networking lunch


14:30 – 15:30

Panel discussion on networks of disinformation in election times in Europe and worldwide

Moderated by Joanna Krawczyk – EMIF German Marshall Fund

Adam Fivenson - National Endowment for Democracy

Global perspective from NED about the super election year

Omri Preiss – DISARM

On the DISARM Framework and the 2024 EP Elections

Giovanni Zagni - Pagella Politica

Observations from the EDMO Taskforce on 2024 European Elections

15:30 – 16:30

Election-themed session presentation of EMIF-funded projects related to recent and ongoing electoral processes

Testimonies from EMIF’s grantees:

·       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

Day 2: Tuesday, 16 July (9:45 – 13:00 WEST)

09:30 – 9:45



9:45 – 11:15

Two sides of the same coin: algorithmic accountability and user empowerment

Moderated by Fabrizio Tassinari - Florence School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Virginia Padovese - NewsGuard

Maria Giovanna Sessa – EU DisinfoLab

Testimonies from EMIF’s grantees:

·       Guillaume Kuster - Check First

·       Luis Espinosa-Anke: NEUTRALIZING ECONOMIC REWARDS OF DISINFORMATION - Cardiff University

·       Lucia Mesquita – TeamLit


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 Emerging Disinformation Themes

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

Moderated by:

Joana Pires Teixeira - EMIF, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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

·       Marie Šafár Postma: The dynamics of LGBTQ+ misinformation across Europe

·       Lucila Gisele Alvarez Zuzek: Understanding Misinformation and Science in Societal Debates (UnMiSSeD)

·       Ioanna Kostarella: SHAZAAM

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


12:45 – 13:00

Closing remarks

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Team

European University Institute


13:00– 14:30

Networking lunch


Scientific Organiser(s):

School of Transnational Governance

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