European Science Media Hub

 

 

The European Science-Media Hub (ESMH) is a new platform to promote networking, training and knowledge sharing between the European Parliament, the scientific community and the media.

Why a Science-Media Hub?

Scientists often blame the media for incorrect reporting, while the media are critical of scientists' ability to engage with the public, and citizens may feel confused by science-related news headlines about studies, which come to different, if not contradictory conclusions. At the same time, in the era of alternative facts and fake news, it sometimes seems that experts are losing the public’s trust. This crisis in confidence is not only a challenge for scientists, experts and the media, but also for policy-makers and society as a whole.

In reaction to this challenge, the STOA Panel decided to launch the European Science-Media Hub (ESMH), which should serve as an authoritative centre for information, networking and education in the broad area of science journalism. The launch of the ESMH was publicly announced on the STOA Annual Lecture in November 2017. The ESMH, financed by the EP budget, will operate under the guidance and the political responsibility of the STOA Panel. An interinstitutional advisory board, consisting of representatives from the European Parliament (STOA and DG COMM), the European Commission (DG RTD, DG CONNECT and the Joint Research Centre), the European Institute of Innovation &Technology (EIT) and the European Research Council (ERC) Executive Agency will support the Hub. STOA is also in the process of setting up an International Advisory Board, composed of internationally recognised personalities, to provide non-binding, long-term guidance and insights about its future direction, including the ESMH.

The ESMH will:

  • Create a network among scientists and 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.
  • Encourage 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.
  • 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. 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.  

The ESMH aims to become an authoritative and credible partner:

  • For citizens: a way to work with and engage citizens ' groups, and provide a source of credible information on scientific topics.
  • For journalists: a trustworthy source of information and evidence-based knowledge, a reliable partner for training and enhancement of science-literacy skills.
  • For scientists: a platform to promote their work and bring their knowledge and research results closer to citizens, media and policy-makers.
  • For policy-makers: a useful platform for contacts and exchange, a forum for public debate on science-related issues, promoting evidence-based policy.

For more information, please contact: esmh@europarl.europa.eu

TEAM

  • Svetla TANOVA
  • Vitalba CRIVELLO

 

 
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