Welcome to IKMZ (formerly IPMZ)

We have a new name, since January 1st 2018 our name is:

Department of Communication and Media Research

From mid-March 2018 we will get a new website.


Media and the information society combined with academics – it’s a blend that inspires the staff of more than eighty at the IKMZ, Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich.

We analyze, describe and explain modern society as a media and information culture, which is fundamentally shaped by the communication provided through the media. Our main focus is on social communication which is produced through the press, radio, television, Internet and mobile communication. Both our research and our teaching are geared towards this field. We examine the conditions, forms and outcomes of this communication as well as the structures, the leading figures and their strategies. We also explore what the media has produced and its impact on recipients, groups and society as a whole.

We invite you to learn more about our research efforts, our study programs and the Institute as a whole.