Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer

Principal Investigator, Founding Director

Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer (FU Berlin) is Founding Director and Principal Investigator (PI) at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and, since 2011, Professor of Communication Science at the FU Berlin, where he heads the Institute's research unit on the use of media.

In 2004, he received his doctorate in communication science from the TU Ilmenau for his thesis titled "Political Mobilization through the Internet?“ Martin Emmer was Managing Director of the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies (IfPuK) at the FU Berlin from 2017-2019 and Principal Investigator of the Einstein Center Digital Future since 2016. His research focuses on political communication, the use of digital media, and methods of empirical communication research.



+49 30 838 57528




FU Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
  • Positions

    Principal Investigator (PI) since 15 September 2022

    Weizenbaum Panel

    Method Lab

    Principal Investigator (PI) until 14 September 2022

    Research Group "Digital Citizenship"

    Founding Director Weizenbaum Institute

  • Committees and functions
    • Professor at Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Media Use Unit
    • Principal Investigator at the Einstein Center Digital Future
    • Chairman of the Doctoral Committee for Journalism and Communication Studies at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin
    • Founding Editor "Weizenbaum Journal for the Digital Society"
    • Coordinator of the cross-university degree programs "Media Informatics" (BSc, MSc) at Freie Universität Berlin
    • Member of various scientific organizations (ICA, ECREA, DGPuK)


  • Fields of research
    • Political communication
    • Use of digital media
    • Methods of empirical communication research


Konvergenz von Fernsehen und Internet (DFG)

Flucht 2.0: Digitale Mediennutzung durch Flüchtlinge (Auswärtiges Amt)

Automatisierte Messung individueller Nutzung digitaler Medien (FU Berlin, E-Club Brückenprojekt)

ICTs for Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (BMBF)