Become Member of Orbicom

Membership Categories

Regular Members: Holders of UNESCO chairs in communication have the status of regular members of Orbicom.

Associate Members: Researchers and professionals have the status of associate members of Orbicom.

Orbicom strives to have a diverse geographic and linguistic representation of members worldwide.

Admission Process

  1. Holders of UNESCO chairs in communication are de facto Regular Members of Orbicom.
  2. For Associate Members, the following documents must be sent to the General Secretariat of Orbicom:
    • Letter from the candidate explaining the convergence of his or her interests with one or more of Orbicom’s themes (see themes of research and intervention below)
    • Letter / email of support from two (2) Orbicom members justifying the relevance of the application
    • Up-to-date Curriculum vitae (CV)

Member’s Web Page

Upon acceptance of the application, the new member will be dedicated a personal Web page on the Orbicom website. To create the Web page, you will need to send the following information:

  • Presentation elements of 10 to 15 lines (institutional affiliation, research interests, recent publications)
  • Photo-portrait (optional)

Annual Membership Fee


Chair Holders, Professors and Professionals


per year
  • Free admission to the annual conference
  • Free access to the Proceedings of the annual conference
  • Participation and right to vote at the annual General Assembly of Members
  • Free access to the bimonthly Newsletter Orbi-Info
  • Access to the list of specialties and expertises of member
  • Dissemination of your activities and your researches in the network
  • Information on UNESCO’s activities and initiatives in the field of communications

Themes of research and intervention

For information, the research and intervention themes are as follows, in line with UNESCO’s priorities and with members’ areas of specialization.

  1. Digital networks and social dynamics
    • Digital transformation and datafication
    • Critical analysis of digital platforms
    • Artificial intelligence “AI” (ethics of AI, impact of AI on freedom of expression and the flow of information).
  1. Digital citizenship
    • Digital public spaces
    • Cultural products and discoverability (access to means of expression, dissemination and reception of cultural content)
  1. Infodemia and media education
    • Information ethics
    • Digital virality issues (fake news, alternative facts, etc.)
  1. Freedom of expression, right to information and democratic participation
    • Safety of journalists (focus on women journalists)
    • Communication and “mediation” at the service of a democratic and participatory citizenship
    • Appropriation of communication by citizens (empowerment)
  1. Communication, “commons” and sustainable development
    • Foster the emergence of an environment favorable to sustainable media
    • Communicational stakes of the ecological crisis (climate change, pollution, reduction of biodiversity, etc.)
    • Communication and environmental governance
    • Environmental diplomacy
  1. Risk communication and crisis management
    • Risk communication
    • Communication and health crisis
    • Communication and resilience

(ver. March 16, 2022)

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