Lena Zils, M.A.

Research assistant
© Nadine Daum

Department of Communication
Room: 026
D-48143 Münster

Phone: +49 251 83-24274


by appointment

  • Short CV

    From 2016 to 2019, dual-subject Bachelor in communication and political science at the University of Münster. Afterwards, Master’s Degree at the University of Münster and Ghent University. While studying, member of the research projects ”Century of Journalism” (DFG) and “Social-Media-Languages“ (LfM). Since July 2022, research assistant in the research group “Forms and Processes of Public Communication“, headed by Prof. Dr. Julia Metag.

  • Current Projects

    Health Communciation with regards to Male Infertility: Pilot study

    • Project team: Prof. Dr. Julia Metag, Lena Zils M.A., Meret Laser B.Sc.
    • Duration: 01.10.2022 – 28.02.2023
    • Funding: Clinical Research Unit „Male Germ Cells: From Genes to Function”

    As part of the initiative Reproduction.MS, scientist of the University, the University Medical Centre and the Max Planck Institut of Münster along with the RWTH Aachen University examine male infertility thoroughly from a reproductive medical point of view. Our research team “Forms and Processes of Public Communication” complements the initiative by adding a communication science perspective aiming to analyze the health communication with regards to male infertility in order to improve patient care and the communication process. By carrying out in-depth interviews, tracking the patient’s informational behavior and conducting a content analysis of online sources concerning male infertility, we want to understand how affected couples seek and receive information throughout the internet and what pitfalls they face by doing so. With our pilot study, we want to lay the groundwork for the requested collaborative research centre „Principles of Reproduction — Unravelling the Molecular Mechanisms of Male Infertility”.


    Scientific Talks

    • Zils, Lena (): „Die mediale Darstellung von Science-Policy-Interfaces“. Jahrestagung der Fachgruppen Wissenschaftskommunikation und Journalistik/Journalismusforschung der DGPuK 2023, Passau, .
    • Zils, Lena; Feidicker, Theresa; Metag, Julia (): „„Gipfel der faulen Kompromisse“: Die Rolle des Kompromisses als Konfliktregulierungsstrategie in der Medienberichterstattung“. KI | Konflikte | Konventionen – Gemeinsame Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe „Kommunikation und Politik“ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), des Arbeitskreises „Politik und Kommunikation“ der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) und der Fachgruppe „Politische Kommunikation“ der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Kommunikations‐ und Medienwissenschaft (SGKM), Düsseldorf, .
    • Zils, Lena; Birkner, Thomas (): ‘#EqualPlay and #LoveisLove? – A Qualitative Content Analysis of German Athlete’s Self-Representation Compared to Media Coverage During the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro (And the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup)’. 73rd Annual International Communication Association Conference (ICA), Toronto, .