The Institute (en)

Since its founding by Lutz Hachmeister in 2005, the Institute for Media and Communications Policy (IfM) has continuously developed into a high-level forum for the media industry, communications research, and acting politicians. This is reflected in events with top international academics, EU commissioners, prime ministers, CEOs, senior journalists, media managers as well as academics and civil society representatives (including Matthias Döpfner, George Soros, Mark Thompson, and Tim Wu).

The IfM’s agenda is based on the idea that media and communications policy should be given the strategic importance it deserves for socio-political as well as economic reasons. Thus, the IfM has established itself as a research and consulting institution for the theoretical and empirical foundation of media and communication policy. With its online media database the institute offers an internationally established research tool on media economic structures and developments.

Cooperations with universities such as the internationale filmschule köln and memberships in academic networks such as the European Commission-funded „Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe“ have contributed to the IfM’s position as a hinge between academic forethought and economic, journalistic and political practice. Under the lead of its director, Leonard Novy, the institute also serves as a partner of the annual international media conference m100 Sanssouci Colloquium in Potsdam, curating the annual gathering of about 100 publishers, media managers, and senior journalists.

The technological and media-economic developments of the last two decades, but also the erosions in the classical „broadcasting regulation“ increase the importance of the IfM as a reflection space and advisory institution – both on the factual level (database, empirical facts on media regulation) and on the strategic level (questions of public broadcasting, copyright, the media-political relationship between states/federal government/EU, media supervision, the geostrategic importance of the Internet).

In addition to its permanent staff, an international network of renowned experts („Permanent Fellows“) is also involved in the operational project work. The activities of the IfM are supported by a prominent senate.