Mag. Michael-Bernhard ZITA, Bakk.
Goal: Balance “Exploring know|edge and crossing its boundaries” with “Making well-informed decisions based on best-educated Guesses”.
Michael-Bernhard ZITA is a project manager with more than 10 years of experience with EU (co-)funded educational projects, especially the coordination of CBHE projects, as well as key competences in higher education didactics and course development and many years of training experience.
He holds BA and MA degrees (Mag.phil. & Bakk.phil.) in Communication Studies (focus: systems theory and media literacy) from the University of Vienna, where he was also involved in organizing teaching and running courses.
He currently holds several professional and occupational positions: Senior Project Manager at ipcenter.at, Editor at mediamanual, Secretary General of the European Society of Education and Communication (ESEC), and part of the Board (Treasurer) at the International Association of Public Media Researchers (IAPMR).
In his spare time, he is working on his dissertation in communication studies in the field of needs, services, and functions of a European Digital Public Sphere. In doing so, he tries to develop a theoretical concept and to spread the idea of thinking of a future European media space as an enlightenment engine to establish an open society as a third model besides data capitalism and data statism.
Overall, he seeks to draw attention to and promote the importance of media literacy in increasingly polarized societies, both on the part of educational efforts and through future enlightening technologies.