About Us

COMPÓS -The Brazilian National Association of Graduate Programs in Communication- was founded on June 16, 1991, in the city of Belo Horizonte. With the support of Capes and CNPq, COMPÓS was formed through the initiative of researchers and representatives of Graduate Programs at: the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC), The Federal University of Bahia, The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, University of Brasilia, São Paulo State University, Campinas and the Methodist University of São Paulo

COMPÓS is non-profit organization composed of members of graduate programs in Communication (Master’s and Doctorate) at public and private universities and colleges in Brazil.

COMPÓS main objectives are:

- To strengthen and improve the growing criteria for Graduate Programs in Communication throughout Brazil;

- Foster integration of and exchange between existing programs as well as supporting the formation of new programs;

- To promote dialogue with comparable national and international organizations

- To stimulate the participation of the academic community of Communication in the policies of the field, supporting professional development and theoretical, cultural, scientific, and technological development in Communication.

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Board of Directors


Dr. Eduardo Morettin, Professor

Program of Graduate Studies in Media and Audiovisual Process at University of Sāo Paulo

E-mail: eduardomorettin@usp.br


Dr. Inês Vitorino, Professor

Graduate Program in Social Communication at the Federal University of Ceará

E-mail: ines@ufc.br


Dr. Gislene Silva, Professor

Graduate Program in Journalism at the Federal University of Santa Catarina

E-mail: gislenedasilva@gmail.com

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Previous Boards of Directors

TERM: 2011-2013

PRESIDENT: Julio Pinto (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Itania Gomes (Federal University of Bahia)

SECRETARY: Inês Vitorino (Federal University of Ceara)

TERM: 2009-2011

PRESIDENT: Itania Maria Mota Gomes (Federal University of Bahia)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Julio Pinto (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais)

SECRETARY: Ana Carolina Escosteguy (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul)

TERM: 2007-2009

PRESIDENT: Erick Felinto (Rio de Janeiro State University)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Ana Silvia Lopes Davi Médola (São Paulo State University, Bauru)

SECRETARY: Denize Correa Araújo (University of Tuiuti, Paraná)

TERM: 2005-2007

PPRESIDENT: Afonso Albuquerque (Federal University for Rio de Janeiro State)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Angela Pryston (Federal University of Pernambuco)

SECRETARY: Alex Primo (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul)

TERM: 2003-2005

PRESIDENT: André Lemos (Federal University of Bahia)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Juremir Machado da Silva (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul)

SECRETARY: Simone Pereira de Sá (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State)

TERM: 2001-2003

PRESIDENT: Vera Regina Veiga França (Federal University of Minas de Gerais)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Maria Helena Weber (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul)

SECRETARY: Raquel Paiva de Araújo Soares (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

TERM: 1999-2001

PRESIDENT: Sérgio Dayrell Porto (University of Brasilia)

VICE-PRESIDENT: José Luiz Aidar Prado (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo)

SECRETARY: José Luiz Aidar Prado (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo)

TERM: 1997-1999

PRESIDENT: Antonio Albino Canelas Rubim (Federal University of Bahia)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Ione Gislene Bentz (University of the Vale do Rio dos Sinos)

SECRETARY: Milton José Pinto (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

TERM: 1995-1997

PRESIDENT: Marcius Freire (State University at Campinas)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Maria Ceres Pimenta Spínola Castro (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

SECRETARY: Marcos Palacios (Federal University of Bahia)

TERM: 1993-1995

PRESIDENT: José Luiz Braga (Brasilia University)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Antônio Fausto Neto (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

SECRETARY: Sérgio Dayrell Porto (Brasilia University)

TERM: 1991-1993

PRESIDENT: Carlos Alberto Messeder Pereira (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

VICE-PRESIDENT: Murilo César Ramos (Brasilia University)

SECRETARY: Maria Lúcia Santaella (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo)

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Article. 1 – The National Association of Graduate Programs in Communication has been established, indefinitely, as a non-profit civil society bringing together, as members, Graduate programs in Communication at the Master’s and Doctorate level, at public and private institutions of higher learning throughout Brazil.

§1º Academic institutions with one or several graduate programs of study in Communication can have their programs allocated as associated programs. Institutions are equally represented on the General Council independent of the number of programs they offer. Any qualifying graduate program in Communication can apply for admission to the organization becoming a member upon approval by the General Council.

Art. 2º - Any graduate program that qualifies under the terms given in the previous article can apply for membership in the organization and become an associate with approval of the General Council..

Art. 3º -The city of Brasília is the headquarters and legal jurisdiction for the association.

Art. 4º -Organizational Objectives:

a) To stimulate the participation of the Communication academic community in Brazil’s policies in the field, defending professionalism and theoretical, cultural, scientific, and technological advancement in the field of Communication Studies;

b) To represent members, where possible, together with public and private institutions; specifically together with agencies that coordinate and fund graduate studies in Brazil.

c) To support the development of graduate communication studies/programs including through stimulating interaction and exchange between existing programs. Providing appropriate support for implementing graduate courses and for course specialization and refinement;

d) To organize meetings, seminars, conferences, courses and other encounters with the goal of fostering exchange and cooperation between members for development in the field, working with common issues and increasing mutual knowledge about ongoing research;

e) To encourage growth in study and research, identifying themes that have priority, challenges, and the need for advancement of knowledge in the field;

f) Sharing studies and work in the Field, including through encouraging publishing and the diffusion of research results, as well as maintaining a bank of theses, research and pertinent information.

Art. 5º - The association is composed of the following permanent bodies:

Board of the General Council

- §1 The General Council, the top deliberative body of the organization, is composed of three members on the Board of Directors, without voting rights, and a representative with voting rights from each affiliate program. These representatives are chosen in a manner determined by the programs themselves.

- §2 The Board of Directors, the executive organ of the body, is composed of a PRESIDENT, a Vice- PRESIDENT and a SECRETARY GENERAL. Candidates are nominated by members and elected by the General Council for a two-year term and can be immediately re-elected for the same position for only one other term.

- §3 In case of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the Council will elect a replacement to complete the remainder of TERM.

Art. 6º - The Work Groups and Advisory Committees, created by the General Council, are also bodies of the organization.

Art. 7º - Responsibilities of the General Council Board:

a) Set the general guidelines of the organization;

b) Deliberate and make final decisions on how organizational objectives will be reached;

c) Evaluate reports and statements of accounts submitted by the Board;

d) Elect the Board of Directors for a two-year TERM;

e) Evaluate the decisions of the Board made “ad referendum” or called to discussion by any member.

Art. 8º - Responsibilities of the Board of Directors:

a) Ensure the achievement of the scientific and professional objectives of the association;

b) Convene regular and special meetings of the Council;

c) Approve the creation of Work Groups and Advisory Committees, "ad referendum ";

d) Promote the annual conferences of the association with participation of the Working Groups and Advisory Committees together with the Council;

e) Maintain members informed about the activities and deliberations of the Board of Directors and the council.

Art. 9º - Responsibilities of the PRESIDENT:

- To Represent the Association as plaintiff or defendant in court and in other instances;

- To Coordinate the Board of Directors’ activities;

Art. 10º - Responsibilities of the Vice-PRESIDENT:

- Aid the PRESIDENT and the Council in its activities and deliberations;

- General coordination of the Work Groups and committees;

- Substitute the PRESIDENT in the case he/she is unable to fulfill his/her duties.

Art. 11º - Responsibilities of the Secretary General:

- Coordinate technical-administrative services for the Association;

- Plan the budget, bookkeeping, and coordinating fundraising for the organization;

- Advise the PRESIDENT and the Council on budget and finances for the Association;

- Responsible for accounts payable and signing all pertinent documentation.

§2 The Board`s decisions, in an extraordinary situation, may be accepted by correspondence, responding to query each director expressly formulated by the PRESIDENT in the circular letter.

§3 The answers of the directors will be considered their votes on the matter in consultation, and the resolution obtained communicated to all Council members.

Art. 12º - The Council meets normally once a year; under extraordinary circumstances by convocation, made by the PRESIDENT or a third of the members, a minimum of 15 day before the meeting.

§1º A quorum for council meetings is defined as the participation of the minimum of the absolute majority of council members; or by the presence of two-thirds of the member programs together with the PRESIDENT or his/her appointed substitute.

§2º In an extraordinary situation, the deliberations of the Council, can be made by correspondence, with each council member responding to a questionnaire mailing explicitly formulated by the PRESIDENT.

§3º The responses of the council members will be considered as their votes on the subject at hand, as long as the deliberation is communicated to all council members.

Art. 13º - The Board of Directors meets twice a year and under extraordinary circumstances whenever necessary.

Art. 14º - The Association’s financial resources come from contributions from member graduate programs, revenue from projects and services and grants, loans, donations, gifts and endowments from public and private, national or international sources.

§1º The General Council will annually determine the membership fees, forms, and dates for payment.

Art. 15º - The current By-Laws can be modified by the General Council with deliberation of at least two-thirds of the members.

Art. 16º - Dissolution of the Association can be decided by a two-thirds vote of members, in a meeting called by the General Council specifically towards this end.

§1º In the case of dissolution, the General Council will determine the fate of the Association’s net assets.

§2º The dissolution will be executed by the Board of Directors or a special commission created for this purpose, by the General Council.

Art. 17º - Any cases not addressed in these By-Laws will be resolved by the General Council.

Art. 18º - The current By-Laws, signed by representatives of founding member programs, will become active as soon as they are registered by a notary’s office in the headquarter city of the Association.

  • Signed in Belo Horizonte, June 16, 1999, by representatives of the founding member associations (graduate programs in Communication at UFBa, UFRJ, UnB, IMS, PUC/SP and UNICAMP).

  • Registered on November 19, 1991 in the ledger of the First Civil Registry of Legal Entities, paragraph 3, # 2287, in Brasilia, Brazil.

  • Published in the Official Gazette on November 12, 1991.

  • Modified in accordance with art. 15, by unanimous vote of representatives present at a special meeting of the General Council on August 27, 1993. The modification corresponds to the addition of two paragraphs in art. 1º.

  • Modified in accordance with art. 15, by unanimous vote of representatives present at a regular meeting of the General Council on June 4, 2005. The modification corresponds to the first paragraph of Article 5.

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    Programas Estrangeiros Associados - (English)

    Accredited Programs

    In a resolution approved on 5 November 2010, the General Council of Compóôs made it possible for non-Brazilian graduate Communication programs or curriculums to become members of Compóôs as Accredited Programs.

    Guidelines for Participation as Accredited Programs

    An Accredited Program is defined as non-Brazilian program that conducts research and provides courses at the graduate level in the general field of Communication, even if in the course or program name the word “communication” does not appear. Such programs will be able to receive official information and participate in the Brazilian National Conferences, listed on the Compós site. The Accredited Program and will have special access for creating partnerships that lead to exchanges of scientific production for professors and students, leading to the strengthening the formal ties with Compós. The Accredited Programs will not have voting power on the General Council of Compós.

    To be accepted as an Accredited Program, the applicant should present the following documentation in Portuguese, English, French, or Spanish:

  • Official identification produced by the program’s host institution (university or center of studies ), highlighting the name(s) of the person/people in charge.

  • An account of work in the area, highlighting research activities and the education of the qualified personnel, as well as the lines of research and areas of concentration.

  • A document that details the reasons why the program wishes to become a member of Compós as an Accredited Program.

  • This documentation will be examined by a rapporteur, who will present the applicant’syour case for a decision by the General Council of Compós.

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