Information sources on science, technology and innovation activities

Making information on STI activities available internationally or for specific target groups providing valued trustful information is important for the transnational visibility of scientific achievements.

European Science-Media Hub (ESMH) is a project of the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of  Science and Technology (STOA). It was launched in 2017 and works under the guidance and the political responsibility of the STOA Panel. It aims to create a network between scientists and the media: Setting up and maintaining contacts within and among the science and media communities, via seminars, workshops, conferences and other events involving science, academia, educational and research entities, and professional associations of journalists and scientists. Furthermore, ESMH encourages learning from each other: Offering opportunities for journalists and other communicators to attend or follow physical or online seminars and coaching or mentoring programmes, or establishing contacts to help improve their ability to identify trustworthy sources and report on sound science and also to share knowledge and follow media trends: Making information available to journalists, other media and citizens about new scientific developments, as well as about scientific topics that attract media attention; and tracking the most popular topics in the field of science and technology on different platforms: magazines, newspapers, blogs and social media, via media monitoring and media intelligence tools.

EU Cyber Direct (EU Cyber Diplomacy and Resilience Clusters) is implemented jointly by the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV). EU Cyber Direct brings together government officials, researchers, and other relevant actors to explore the main questions surrounding the application of the existing international law in cyberspace, norms of responsible state behaviour, Confidence Building Measures, and efforts to strengthen state and societal resilience in cyberspace.

Information and Scientific News Service (SINC) from Spain is the first state public agency specialising in science, technology and innovation information in Spanish. It was launched by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology in 2008. The SINC team produces news, reports, interviews and audiovisual materials (videos, photographs, illustrations and infographics). There is also some content available in English.

Science|Business exists to bring together three worlds: industry, research and policy. The Science|Business Network of universities, companies, and research and policy organisations is a uniquely powerful forum for driving innovation forward. Its newsletters reach Europe’s innovators and policymakers and inform about European policy-making as well as global stakeholders in research and innovation cooperation.

Science Media Centre (SMC), from the UK, has its roots in the influential House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee third report on Science and Society, which wanted to renew public trust in science. Established in 2002, it was originally based in the Royal Institution of Great Britain, until becoming a separate charity in its own right in April 2011. The Centre is now housed in the Wellcome Collection and believes that scientists can have a huge impact on the way the media cover scientific issues, by engaging more quickly and more effectively with the stories that are influencing public debate and attitudes to science.SMCs mission is to provide, for the benefit of the public and policymakers, accurate and evidence-based information about science and engineering through the media, particularly on controversial and headline news stories when most confusion and misinformation occurs.

Kooperation international is a German offer which is part of the strategy of the Federal Government for the Internationalisation of Science and Research, coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It provides an overview of the national research and innovation systems and the variety of international cooperations in research, knowledge and innovation; an online portal for those seeking or offering information; a networking platform for German funding, research, education, and intermediary organisations; incentives for education and research organisations as well as companies to start or intensify international cooperation; and information on the implementation of the internationalisation strategy. There is specific information on selected countries and topics focusing on national and regional potential and actors in the field of education, research and innovation; strategic developments in research, technology, and educational policies; the legal framework for international cooperation; important bi- and multilateral programmes and successful cooperation projects; funding opportunities and contacts for international cooperation, as well as events and deadlines with relevance for cooperation in education, research or innovation.

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Marie Croce

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