IMI Annual Event 2020

The IMI and its members are delighted to announce their Annual Event that will bring together researchers and media professionals, as well as anyone interested in the transformation of the media sector and the role of institutions, especially in these changing times.


“Helping media fight misinformation and restore the public’s trust”

Thursday 24 September 2020, 16:30
EPFL, Lausanne or digital event


During this event, the results of the projects from our first call for proposals entitled “Helping media fight misinformation and restore the public’s trust” will be presented by the teams of scientists and media experts. We will also have the privilege of debating this topic with Paul-Olivier Dehaye, an internationally renowned Belgian mathematician and data protection expert. To ensure the safety and health of our guests and of our partners, and in accordance with EPFL guidelines, this event will be held online if the health situation requires it. In any case, registration is free but required until Thursday 17 September 2020 at midnight.

Through such events, the IMI aims to be a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, as well as the development of partnerships between the academic world and the media sector. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet many experts and stakeholders active in this field.

More details and the final program will be announced over the summer. In the meantime, you may already register by clicking on the link below or by contacting us at

We look forward to seeing you in September!




Preliminary program

  • 16h30: Registration
  • 17h00: Welcome address – Prof. Yves Flückiger
    Rector of UNIGE and Chairman of the IMI Board as the Triangle Azur representative
  • 17h10: Word from the Director – Mounir Krichane
    Director of the IMI
  • 17h25: Keynote address – Paul-Olivier Dehaye
    Belgian mathematician and data protection expert
  • 17h55: Presentation of IMI projects
    Teams of scientists and media experts
  • 19h00: Demo of IMI projects, informal networking and cocktail reception
  • 20h30: End of the event

Moderation: Nathalie Ducommun, Journalist and producer of the TV program “Mise au Point” at RTS

Keynote speaker

Paul-Olivier Dehaye

Paul-Olivier is a Mathematician and the Founder of PersonalData.IO, a nonprofit organization based in Geneva that focuses on data protection with the aim of empowering the civil society to actively respond to threats to our personal data. He was a SNSF Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich until 2016, before becoming a data protection advocate and social entrepreneur. He conducted research for several widely circulated newspaper articles, including with journalist Carole Cadwalladr in exposing the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal. This work also led him to appear in Netflix’s documentary The Great Hack and to testify before the British and European Parliaments. He is also a Board Member of MyData Global and the Founder of MyData Geneva, two nonprofit organizations promoting the ethical use of personal data. | @podehaye


Paul-Olivier Dehaye, le matheux ennemi de Facebook” (Le Temps)