DACH 21 – the first three-country conference on communication science took place from 7th – 9th April and was organized and hosted by the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) at the University of Zurich.
As an online-only conference with 553 participants from 16 countries, DACH 21 was a big success, due to a good mix of proven components of an annual conference and new, innovative features. These included more than 120 scientific presentations and a keynote presentation, panel discussions, general meetings, and workshops. In addition, pre-recorded video presentations provided more room for discussions. Formats such as online speed dating, get-togethers in virtual meeting locations and the conference dinner in festive virtual rooms with entertaining interludes contributed to a special conference community feeling. Another unforgettable event was the raclette, which participants enjoyed together in front of the screen using a specially sent raclette oven.