Host Institution

The host institution for ECC ECREA 2014 is the School of Communication, Arts and Information Technologies (ECATI) at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias. We are a young a vibrant communication school, working in several disciplinary areas around the theme of communication, mixing both theoretical with empirical research and with a clear focus on the exploration of new territories of convergence between the social sciences, the creative arts and information technologies. We are very pleased to welcome you to Lisbon and we hope this will be a wonderful scientific and cultural event. Welcome to Lisbon!

Manuel José Damásio

Chair of the Local organizing committee


Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias is the largest nonpublic University in Portugal. The University name comes from the word “Lusofonia” which names all the Portuguese speaking countries and their common linguistic and cultural background. The university assumes itself as the leading institution responsible for the development of this geographical and cultural space with more than 200 million inhabitants.

With a student body of more than 9.000 students and 1.000 teachers, the university offers a very rich environment, either in scientific as in social and cultural terms. The large amount of foreign students studying here, namely the ones from Brazil and Africa, adds a lot to the already very lively University ambient. The University big and wellequipped campus, is situated in the centre of Lisbon “University City” just a few minutes away from all the city main areas.

Escola de Comunicação, Arquitetura, Artes e Tecnologias da Informação (ECATI)

ECATI -School of Communication, Arts, Architecture and Information Technologies is an innovative project designed to develop training and research activities in an interdisciplinary manner around a confluent scientific, educational and experimental space. Currently ECATI offers honours, master and Ph.D degrees in the areas of:

- Communication
- Architecture, Art & Design
- Multimedia, Film and Video
- Computer Science and Information Systems

The highly flexible, rigorous and integrated training and research strategy of ECATI aims to prepare students to respond creatively to the challenges of the information and knowledge society. The growing trend towards globalization discourages the artificial separation of technology and teaching, and encourages the integration of training activities in the various fields of Communication, Arts and Design, with training in Information Systems and Architecture, having the ultimate goal of creating a set of unique synergies and transversal competences.

Without losing sight of the specificity of each area of knowledge, ECATI constitutes a formative space where complementary knowledge is provided, both horizontally - between courses - or vertically - through the integration of training and research.

ECATI combines graduate and advanced training, research and services provision to the community, and also the promotion of cultural and scientific activities in connection with civil society.

To meet its objectives, ECATI integrates a team of highly qualified teachers, and is an active party in the larger research unit in the area of Communication in the country, CIC-Digital. ECATI distinguishes itself via its state of the art technical facilities and the highly applied nature of its teaching and knowledge transfer-oriented research activities.

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