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Grant from Lung Foundation for Bas van den Putte

Bas van den Putte is involved in two projects that recently have been funded by a grant provided by Longfonds, Hartstichting, KWF, Trombosestichting and Diabetesfonds. General objective of both projects is to conduct research that contributes to policy that discourages tobacco use and stimulates the smoke-free generation.

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Eline Smit and colleagues receive a ZonMw grant

Together with colleagues from Maastricht (a/o Dr. Ciska Hoving) and Leiden Universities (a/o Dr. Matty Crone), ACHC researcher Eline Smit has received a grant from ZonMw to identify the effective ingredients in smoking cessation interventions available in the Netherlands (€49.525).

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Consortium with ACHC gets ZonMw funding for Exercise and Physical Activity

This week, ZonMw awarded eight research projects Exercise and Physical Activity worth over 5 million euros. ACHC researcher Gert-Jan de Bruijn will participate in Active4Life, one of the awarded projects. In the Active4Life project, Big Data analyses will be applied to investigate effective intervention ingredients to stimulate physical activity in the population.

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Guda van Noort, Hilde Voorveld and Theo Araujo awarded grants by the RPA Human(e) AI

Three ASCoR researchers were awarded grants by the Research Priority Human(e) AI, an UvA-wide initiative aimed at fostering the investigation of the societal consequences of Artificial Intelligence in an interdisciplinary manner.

Guda van Noort will investigate data use in squads together with Paul Groth (FNWI). Hilde Voorveld’s project explores the effects of prosody in voice-driven chatbots together with Tom Lentz and Evangelos Kamoulas (FNWI). Theo Araujo will investigate virtual assistant platforms in a project with Thomas Poell (FGw) and João Pedro Quintais (FdR).

Hande Sungur and Fam te Poel best lecturers of Communication Science according to students

Hande en FamOn June 20 Perscommers Hande Sungur and Fam te Poel won the annual Communication Tiger awards for best tutorial lecturer and best lecturer, respectively. The awards, presented by study association Mercurius, are a recognition from Communication Science students. Receiving this award as a lecturer is a great compliment.

PersCommers present their work at the ICA 2019

At the upcoming 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), to be held from 24 to 28 May in Washington, several PersCom researchers will present their latest work. We are proud to have 19 presentations at this year’s conference. Below you can find an overview of all presentations.
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Van Reijmersdal most influential product placement scholar

According to a review of the product placement literature, recently published in Journal of Advertising (, Eva van Reijmersdal is the most influential author in the product placement literature. The analyses showed that Van Reijmersdal is the most prolific scholar (highest number of publications), that her work was most often cited in other product placement studies (highest local H-index) and that her works is in the top two of ‘most mentioned product placement research in the media’ (including, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Wikipedia).

Margot van der Goot wins Strategic Communication Challenge

Margot van der Goot won the Strategic Communication Challenge 2019–organized by the “Centrum Strategische Communicatie” of Logeion (the Dutch association of communication professionals). This means that Margot receives €25,000 to conduct a qualitative study that aims to provide in-depth insights in how consumers experience chatbot communication in a customer service setting. More information can be found here.

Coq d’Honneur for Peter Neijens

Peter Neijens was awarded a “Coq d’Honneur” by the Genootschap voor Reclame (GVR, Society for Marketing Communications) for his contributions to the marketing communication discipline. The jury praised him as a highly respected scientist and for his successes in bridging the gap between science and practice. Continue reading >>

Eva van Reijmersdal and Margot van der Goot on sponsorship disclosures

Recently the University of Amsterdam highlighted the research conducted by Eva van Reijmersdal and Margot van der Goot about sponsorship disclosures in YouTube video’s: Link

Rena Zendedel received NeFCA Dissertation Award 2017

Rena Zendedel received the award for her dissertation “Informal interpreting in Dutch general practice” from NeFCA, the Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association. The award aims to acknowledge excellent dissertations in the field of Communication Sciences and wants to recognize the quality of doctoral research in the Netherlands and Flanders. The prize was awarded during the “Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap” in Nijmegen last week. Continue reading >>

Claire Segijn & Hilde Voorveld received award American Academy of Advertising Research Fellowship Competition

Claire Segijn and Hilde Voorveld received an award in the 2018-2019 American Academy of Advertising Research Fellowship Competition. The research proposal is titled Synced Advertising: A New Effective Advertising Strategy?” Synced advertising is part of the trend of sending individually targeted persuasive messages. Continue reading >>

Healthier choices with a virtual supermarket

How do people make choices in the supermarket? And how can you help them to select healthier products? To investigate this process, UMC Utrecht and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) developed the virtual supermarket: a fully immersive environment for participants. On 4 October, this innovative research tool will be presented at the Innovation Expo in Rotterdam. Continue reading >>

Anne Roos Smink wins Lustrumbeurs

Anne Roos Smink, PhD candidate of Persuasive Communication at ASCoR, has received a grant of € 3.000 as part of the UvA386 grant or ‘Lustrumbeurs’. Continue reading >>

Ewa Maslowska and Stefan Bernritter received Best Paper Award

Ewa Maslowska and Stefan Bernritter received International Journal of Advertising Best Paper Award for 2017 for their paper entitled “Too good to be true: the role of online reviews’ features in probability to buy.” Continue reading >>

Fred Bronner wins 2017 Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award

Fred Bronner and Robert de Hoog (University of Twente) received the 2017 Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award for the best empirical research article published in the Journal of Travel Research (impact factor 5.169). Continue reading >>

PhD Defense Verena Wottrich: Privacy protection and information disclosure in mobile apps

On June 13, Verena Wottrich successfully defended her dissertation “Privacy Exposed: Consumer Responses to Data Collection and Usage Practices of Mobile Apps”. Continue reading >>

Sophie Boerman and Claire Segijn win ASCoR Baschwitz Awards 2017

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Persuasive Communication researchers awarded at ICA 2018

The Persuasive Communication group won several awards at ICA 2018 in Prague.

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Peter Neijens Awarded as Fellow of ICA

At the conference in Prague, Peter Neijens was awarded as Fellow of the International Communication Association. Fellow status is a recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication.

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PersCommers present their work at the ICA 2018

At the upcoming 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), to be held from 24 to 28 May 2018 in Prague, several PersCom researchers will present their latest work. We are proud to have 26 presentations at this year’s conference. Below you can find an overview of all presentations.

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Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC) Symposium vrijdag 1 juni: Digitale (big) data en gezondheidscommunicatie: hoe onderzoek en praktijk verandert.

Het hedendaagse leven vindt steeds meer plaats online, zo ook de zorg voor onze gezondheid. Denk aan het zoeken naar online gezondheidsinformatie en het gebruik van slimme accessoires, of zelfs sensoren in onze kleding die onze lichamelijke activiteiten monitoren. Al deze handelingen laten digitale sporen na, met als resultaat een exponentiële groei aan data. Deze veranderingen roepen, voor zowel de wetenschap als voor de praktijk, vele vragen op zoals: ”Wat kunnen we met deze grote hoeveelheden data?” en “Passen we ons onderzoek en bedrijfsvoering aan op basis van deze data, of gebruiken we de data als een middel ter ondersteuning van onze activiteiten?” Tijdens het vijfde, halfjaarlijkse symposium van het Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC) zullen deze vragen, en meer, aan bod komen. Continue reading >>

Various awards at the KCHC 2018 for Persuasive Communication researchers

The Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC) in Lexington was a great success for our Persuasive Communication group.
Melanie de Looper, together with Julia van Weert, Ellen Smets (AMC-UvA), Olga Damman and Daniëlle Timmermans (both VUmc) won two awards, i.e. the Top Conference Paper Award” ánd the ‘Top Conference Paper Award Harrington Honors’.

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Communication Science & Media Studies ranked 1st in the world in latest QS Rankings

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is ranked best in the world in the field of Communication Science and Media Studies in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. In the latest QS Rankings, which were published on Wednesday, 28 February, Communication & Media Studies jump from 2nd to 1st place.

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Julia van Weert wins 2018 Lewis Donohew Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award

Professor Julia van Weert will be awarded the Lewis Donohew Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award during the 2018 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC).The award was established in Dr. Donohew’s name in 1998 to recognize outstanding research contributions to the health communication field made during the biennium preceding each conference. The list of award recipients includes some of the most highly funded and recognized communication scholars in the world. Van Weert is the first non-American to obtain it. Continue reading >>

Stefan Bernritter received NeFCA Dissertation Award 2016

At last week’s Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap in Ghent, Stefan Bernritter received the NeFCA Dissertation Award for his dissertation “Examining Consumers’ Online Brand Endorsements on Social Media.” The award aims to acknowledge excellent dissertations in the field of Communication Sciences and wants to recognize the quality of doctoral research in the Netherlands and Flanders.

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Eva van Reijmersdal received an Aspasia premium

Eva van Reijmersdal received an Aspasia premium from the National Dutch Science Foundation NWO of 200.000 euro for a five-year research project. Van Reijmersdal is an Associate Professor in the persuasive communication group. Continue reading >>

Early Career Award for Eline Smit

This summer, Dr. Eline Smit received the prestigious Early Career Award from the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS). Continue reading >>

Minh Hao Nguyen receives lustrumbeurs

Minh Hao Nguyen, one of our PhD candidates, received a travel grant of € 3.000 as part of the UvA385 ‘Lustrumbeurs’. Continue reading >>

Claire Segijn wins ASCoR Baschwitz Article of the Year Award for Young Researchers

In June 2017, Claire Segijn has received the ASCoR Baschwitz Young Researcher Award for the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2016. She received the award for the article entitled “The Underlying Mechanisms of Multiscreening Effects”, which is co-authored by Hilde Voorveld and Edith Smit. Continue reading >>

Eva van Reijmersdal wins Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence

Eva van Reijmersdal (ASCoR, Persuasive Communication), Sanne Opree (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Moniek Buijzen (Radboud University) won the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence of the European Journal of Marketing for their article ‘The impact of advertising on children’s psychological wellbeing and life satisfaction’. Continue reading >>

Claire Segijn succesfully defends dissertation on everyday multiscreening

Today, people have access to a variety of screens, such as a television, laptop, smartphone, and tablet. Screen saturation and the convergence of these technologies have led to an increase in combining different screens simultaneously, known as multiscreening. In her research on everyday multiscreening, Claire Segijn examines how information processing and advertising effectiveness are influenced by the simultaneous usage of multiple screens. Continue reading >>

Successful ICA 2017 for the Persuasive Communication group

At the ICA conference 2017 in San Diego Corine Meppelink won the Abby Prestin Dissertation of the Year Award from the Health Communication divisions of ICA and NCA for her dissertation entitled “Designing Digital Health Information in a Health Literacy Context”. From the same divisions, Remco Sanders received the Amanda L. Kundrat Thesis of the Year Award for his master thesis “Consulting the Internet before a Consultation”. In addition, four top paper awards were obtained by members of the Persuasive Communication group. Continue reading >>

Our presentations at the ICA 2017


Friday May 26

  • Social Media, Marketing, and Consumer Studies
    Division: Communication and Technology
    Fri, May 26, 9:30 to 10:45, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 2, Indigo Ballroom A
    Differences in Characteristics and Perception of Sponsored vs. Organic Reviews
    Su Jung Kim, & Ewa Maslowska
  • Top Papers in Communication Law and Policy 2017
    Division: Communication Law & Policy
    Fri, May 26, 9:30 to 10:45, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 3, Aqua 310AB
    Tracking Walls, Take-It-Or-Leave-It Choices, and EU Data Privacy Law
    Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Sophie C. Boerman, & Natali Helberger
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Communication and Media Studies pleased with latest jump in QS Rankings by Subject

The UvA’s Communication and Media Studies programmes have risen to 2nd place amongst universities worldwide in Communication & Media Studies, according to the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings by Subject published on Wednesday, 8 March 2017. With this, we are only one spot away from being recognised as the world’s best. Last year, the UvA placed 6th for this subject. With a total of 19 subjects listed in the top 50, the UvA is the highest ranked university in the Netherlands for the second consecutive time.
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Anne Roos Smink wins AAA Doctoral Dissertation Grant 2017

Anne Roos Smink won the ‘Doctoral Dissertation Grant 2017’ from the American Academy of Advertising. Continue reading >>

Promotie Iris van Ooijen: de effecten van verpakkingsdesign

De concurrentie in de voedingsindustrie is groot. Het succes van een merk is daarmee sterk afhankelijk geworden van branding. Verpakkingen spelen daarbij een grote rol. Continue reading >>

EC-funded asthma project concludes with advice on improving patient-provider interaction

Decision aids increase older adults’ risk perception, improve their knowledge, decrease decisional conflict, and improve older patients’ participation in decision making. This is concluded by a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the efficacy of decision aids as compared to usual care or alternative intervention(s) for older adults facing treatment, screening or care decisions. Continue reading >>

Stefan Bernritter and Sophie Boerman receive Best Paper Award at ICORIA 2016

The paper ‘How Modality and Explicitness of Disclosures of Sponsored Branded Online Video Content Affect Consumers’ Online Brand Engagement’ that is co-authored by Stefan Bernritter, Somaiya Tabibi, and Sophie Boerman received the Best Paper Award at this year’s International Conference on Research in Advertising (ICORIA). Continue reading >>