Investing in European Research and in particular the creation of a European Research Area ranks highly on the policy objectives and priorities of the European Commission.
Creating a unified and attractive European Research Area will make a real difference to the everyday lives of European
Further dynamism and innovation in all sectors will result in more and better jobs, bring advances in health, energy supply, climate change etc. but also create a society in which knowledge is shared, taught and valued as an essential source of personal and collective development.
The impact of scientific research is such that communicating research initiatives and results is actively supported and encouraged by Directorate-General for Research.
Furthermore, dissemination of results is an obligation of participation in research projects supported under the Framework Programmes.
Effective science communication is vital in order to ensure a continuous flow of information on the objectives and results of scientific research, the contributions made to knowledge and scientific excellence as well as the benefits to citizens in general.
Dissemination of the results is also key to ensuring access to the appropriate scientific basis for effective policy-making.
The media are key actors in this process and clearly play a crucial role in communicating science.
It is for this reason that Directorate-General for Research has launched the European Forum on Science Journalism which brought together leading science journalists from across Europe and gave clear recommendations on the ways to increase the prominence and accessibility of science news and how the EU can further assist in raising awareness of the role of science in society.
This second edition of European Guide to Science Journalism Training is a clear result of these recommendations and provides an overview of the training courses available across the 27 EU Member States for those wishing to specialise in science journalism.
We continue to actively support training across Europe and hope this Guide continues to serve as a useful tool in inspiring the nextgeneration of science journalists.
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR RESEARCH EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Source: European Commission, DG Research