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Awareness matters (EN)

… at the 69th annual conference of the DGPuK

Mission Statement

We are delighted to welcome a large number of communication scholars to the University of Erfurt for the 69th Annual Conference of the DGPuK from 13 to 15 March 2024. It is important to us that the conference is a place of inspiration and mutual exchange where all participants feel comfortable and can benefit equally from the conference experience. The basis for this is a coexistence that is free of discrimination, harassment and violence and we would like to sensitise all participants to take responsibility for this themselves and contribute to an integrating social event that is characterised by mutual recognition and respect. In this context, we would also like to refer to the University of Erfurt’s policy on protection against discrimination, harassment, and violence, which outlines the foundations for a culture of mindfulnesson campus, which ensures respectful interaction with one another and should also apply to all guests of the University of Erfurt during our conference. There should be no room for acts of discrimination. This applies to sexualised harassment and behaviour that unilaterally crosses the boundaries of friendly, collegial behaviour as well as to forms of discrimination and degradation based on group-related attributions, which are often intertwined. In addition to this sensitisation, we would also like to give you some tips that will help you quickly in difficult situations should they arise during the conference. We hope that we have been able to create a supportive framework to prevent experiences of discrimination in the best possible way. The University of Erfurt and the Department of Media and Communication Studies also support the „Weltoffenes Thüringen“ initiative, which advocates a cosmopolitan and diverse Thuringia, respect for human dignity and indivisible human rights, plural democracy and the rule of law, welcoming people in their diversity, peaceful and respectful interaction with one another and the idea of European unification. In doing so, we stand alongside many Thuringian citizens, organisations and institutions that clearly oppose the growing right-wing populist and far-right political forces in the federal state. As the organisers, we would also like to place our annual conference under these guiding principles of the initiative. 

If you experience discrimination, harassment or violence

  • Don’t look the other way as a bystander! Talk to us! We take your concerns seriously!
  • Contact the conference team directly or the conference office: C03-LG1 / 102
  • Office for Equal Opportunities and Family Services of the University of Erfurt: C03-LG1 107

Special consultation hours for conference guests: Thursday and Friday, 9 – 10 a.m., Tel.: +49 361 737-5066, Email: gleichstellungsbeauftragte@uni-erfurt.de

  • For further information and clarification on the subject of discrimination, harassment and violence, please also use the information flyer of the University of Erfurt and the following links

Infrastructure on Campus

  • If you need an individual retreat and a moment of peace, use the University of Erfurt’s Room of Silence, which can also be used as a prayer room and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the conference days: C07-LG2, basement floor
  • If you need a quiet space for concentrated work and final presentation preparation, use the DGPuK 2024 Working Space set up for the conference: C03-LG1, / 125
  • All-gender toilets can be found on the ground floor of C-21 KIZ and on the ground floor of building C03-LG1 at the rear of the building (venue for most panels). These toilets are also barrier-free and equipped with baby changing facilities. 
  • Dispensers with products for menstruation can also be found in the women’s toilet on the ground floor of building C03-LG1 and in the all-gender toilet in C-21 KIZ, because menstruation is not a luxury (link to initiative)
  • The team also supports the technical preparation of your presentations. Do not hesitate to contact the team if you need assistance! 
  • If you find any objects or things, please hand them in at the conference office, where you can ask for lost propertyat any time.
  • The signs to the conference rooms are bilingual
  • All forms of language are welcome at the conference, especially all variants of gender-appropriate language
  • The majority of the events are accessible at ground level. Information on barrier-free routes is also signposted. Please do not hesitate to contact our team of assistants on campus if you require individual mobility assistance! Be mindful in your surroundings with people with limited mobility.

Conference with children

  • flexible childcare is possible and has already been requested in advance
  • Baby changing facilities are available in the canteen, in the rear toilets of building C03-LG1 and in the C-21 KIZ
  • Breastfeeding facilities are available in the canteen
  • Campus map with child

Well-being: Health promotion during the conference

  • In individual cases, wearing a mouth and nose cover/mask may still be a necessary protective measure even after the pandemic. We would therefore like to respect all forms of individual health protection. In addition, based on our experience of the pandemic, we ask you to stay at home if you are very infectious and to consider wearing a face mask if you still have clear symptoms of a cold for the protection and well-being of everyone. 
  • We offer the possibility of a sports break for regeneration in sports room C01 in building C03-LG1 at the following times during the conference Wednesday, 13 march 2024: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Thursday, 14 March 2024: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Friday, 15 March 2024: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • Medical emergency in the Helios-clinic right across the University: +49 (0) 361/781-4833
  • Guard at the main entrance of the University of Erfurt:
    +49 (0) 361/737-0
  • Fire/Accident/Emergency Doctor: 112
  • Police: 110 
  • First Aid Kit (KIZ: Service-Desk; C03-LG1 ground floor next to the lady’s toilet)
  • More links in case of emergency and complaints via the University of Erfurt