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Prof. Dr. Wibke Weber

Prof. Dr. Wibke Weber

Prof. Dr. Wibke Weber

ZHAW School of Applied Linguistics
Professur Medienlinguistik, Bildlinguistik
Theaterstrasse 15c
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 62 09

Work at ZHAW

Management role

  • Programme Director, BA Communication and Media Studies
  • Head, Media Linguistics: Visual Communication

Position at the ZHAW

Professor of Media Linguistics: Visual Communication

Education and Continuing education

Expertise and research interests

Digital storytelling, visual semiotics, data journalism, data visualization and information graphics, AR/VR, media convergence, multimodality, comics journalism, information design, radio journalism.

Professional milestones

2023, May: Top Faculty Paper Award, ICA Visual Communication Studies. 73rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association ICA, Toronto, Canada, 25-29 May 2023.
Weber, W., Rall, H., & Harper, E. (2023). Authenticity in immersive environments [full paper].

2022, Nov: Visiting Professor, Mälardalen University, Sweden

2021–... Specialty Chief Editor, Frontiers in Communication/Section Visual Communication

2020-2022: Advisory Board Member. Research Project: SEVA Self-Explanatory Visual Analytics for Data-Driven Insight Discovery (funded by FFG; PI Wolfgang Aigner, FH St. Pölten)

2018, Aug: Visiting Professor, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

2014 ff. Professor of Media Linguistics, ZHAW, IAM

2014 ff. Visiting Professor FH Joanneum Graz (Austria), MA programs Content Strategy and Visual Communication and Image Management

2013 Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (2013, Semester 1)

Co-initiator of the Convergent Media Center (CMC at HdM); member of the board of directors

Since 2005
Consultant for web projects/web usability (e.g. Porsche, Claas), multimedia journalism (e.g. SWR, Publisuisse, Pabel-Moewig-Verlag)

Co-founder and chairwoman of the Campus Radio Stuttgart

Head of Information Design (BA), Stuttgart Media University (HdM)

Full professor of Information Design, Stuttgart Media University (HdM)

Journalist and content manager at the German public broad-casting station SWR (ARD, Baden-Baden); news desk

Multimedia journalist and content manager at Hubert Burda Media, Germany; department of cultural news

Editor at the German public broadcasting station hr, Kulturwelle hr2 (ARD, Frankfurt/M.); responsible for the website of hr2

Editor and radio journalist at the German public broadcasting station hr (ARD, Frankfurt/M.), department of cultural news

Research assistant, Institut für Jugendbuchforschung, Goethe University Frankfurt/M.

Journalist for several radio stations (hr, BR), print and online

Completed research projects before appointment at the ZHAW:

IC-IC: Enhancing interconnectivity through infoconnectivity.
Enhancing interconnectivity of short and long distance transport networks through passenger focused interlinked information-connectivity. 7th EU Framework Programme. 02/2011-12/2012.
(Participant; project coordinator for Stuttgart Media University HdM;300.000 Euro).

Interactive Information Graphics. Funded by the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, Ministry of Science,
Research, and the Arts. 02/2009-01/2011.
(Principal Investigator; 120.000 Euro).

Visualization and Interactive Information Graphics – the Eastern Perspective. An Intercultural Research Project about Visual Storytelling. Funded by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. 02/2011-­ 12/2012. (Research Collaborator).

Several Research Projects on Campus Radio, funded by the
LFK, Media Authority of Baden-Württemberg, 2003-2010
(Principal Investigator and Co-PI; ca. 180.000 Euro).

Educational background

PhD degree in German Literature, Goethe University Frankfurt/M. (Thesis: Strukturtypen des Hörspiels)

PhD scholarship Federal State of Hesse

Master of Arts in German Literature, Theatre, Film and Television Arts, Spanish Literature, Goethe University Frankfurt/M., University of Cologne, Germany

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Other publications

Outreach activities:
DIZH (2023, Jan 25). LEAD - LEarning from the pAst: Digitized past pandemics in Switzerland.Video.

IAM on ear (2022, Nov 1). Historische Pandemien verstehen mit Data Stories. Podcast mit Wibke Weber, Verena Lechner & Guido Keel.

Weber, W. (20.10.2022). Daten-Dialog 03: News aus Behördendaten. Podiumsdiskussion (Expertin auf dem Podium). Statistisches Amt, Kanton Basel-Stadt.

Weber, W. (2021). Laudatio: Wieder gut gemacht. (S. 7). In Schweizer Geschäftsberichte Rating. 2021 Die hundert Besten. Zürich: HarbourClub und Linkgroup, 2021.

Weber, W., Gnach, A., Lechner, V., & Wyss, V. (2021). Bericht Text-Jury: Zwischen Pflicht und Kür. (S. 29-30). Kriterienkatalog Spezialpreis Text (S. 82-82). In Schweizer Geschäftsberichte Rating. 2021 Die hundert Besten. Zürich: HarbourClub und Linkgroup, 2021.

Schweizer Geschäftsberichte-Rating (24.09.2020). Preisverleihung. Co-Leitung Textjury und Mitglied der Schlussjury.

Medientalk (25.7.2020). Die Krise der Jugendmedien. SRF 4 News. Autor: Salvador Atasoy. Im Medientalk diskutierten: Wibke Weber, Aleksandra Gnach, Nadine Klopfenstein, Daniel Süss (alle ZHAW).

Weber, W. (2016). Transparent, authentisch, anschaulich: das Genre Comic-Journalismus: Interview. Fachjournalist-Podcast 29. Juli 2016.. Fachjournalist-Podcast:

Weber, W. (2014). Fachdaten einfach aufbereiten: Interview (8. August 2014).