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Communicating European Research 2005
International Conference
Brussels, 14-15 November 2005


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On 14-15 November, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research will host the second “Communicating European Research” conference. Based on the very positive experiences from the 2004 edition, the event will focus on the manifold aspects of science communication and will provide an excellent forum and meeting place for scientists, communication professionals and journalists. The conference will also take stock of the way towards the Seventh Framework Programme.

Promoting successful science communication

Around 3000 participants including project co-ordinators, journalists and other communication professionals, press officers and representatives from research organisations will meet to promote mutual understanding of their respective roles, to share best practice and to define strategies to improve communication, outreach and dissemination of research results to the public and the press at a European level.

Showcasing European research

Throughout the event, latest research results and current scientific activities will be presented to the media in press conferences and media briefings. A huge exhibition will feature selected research initiatives as well as the communication strategies of research organisations. Dissemination networks, media associations, relevant publications and editorials together with companies and service providers in the field of information and communication will present their products and services.

The next FP on the horizon

At the time of CER 2005, the preparation of the 7th Framework Programme will be in full swing and the current state of play will be presented. FP6 already emphasized communication and dissemination tasks and contributed greatly to raising awareness of these fundamental requirements. Should FP7 take us a step further? How can the effectiveness of EU-funded research benefit from more concrete communication and dissemination schemes? What activities and at what level should be encouraged or even made obligatory?

Improving skills

Learning about successes and failures of others, sharing own experiences, meeting players from different ends of the communication spectrum will certainly spin off numerous ideas and initiatives. Above that, hands-on workshops and tutorials will provide the opportunity to hone some of your communications skills. And who knows, you might even learn a new trick…

Your chance to get involved!

CER 2005 will come to life through the active participation of scientists, communicators and journalists. The event offers you a unique opportunity to showcase your activities.


  • Present your project, your communication products, results and strategy to other participants and the media.
  • Make your initiatives, products or results visible to a large specialized audience.
  • Add value to your references in the fields of research and of science communication.

The grand exhibition (over 10,000 m2) will showcase selected research initiatives as well as communication strategies of research organisations, media associations, relevant publications and editorials together with companies and all kind of service providers in the field of information and communication of science. To express your interest, please reply to the call for proposals.
A basic exhibition package will be offered free of charge to all exhibitors.
Deadline: 15 May 2005

Participants’ forum and networking

Participants are invited to propose the organisation of their own events - such as workshops and round tables. To suggest an event, please reply to the call for proposals.
Proposals supporting best the objectives of the conference will be given preference.
Deadline: 31 May 2005

On the agenda:

The 2-day programme will include

  • Panel discussions:
    • Communication successes and failures from European projects
    • New trends in science and technology communication
    • How do scientists see communication?
    • Television and science: 2 worlds apart?
    • Science on radio
    • Science journalists: allies or just journalists?
    • Science in schools
    • Is there a future for science books?
  • Plenary session: Moving towards the Seventh Framework Programme 2006-2010
  • Press conferences and media briefings
  • Forum sessions
  • Practical workshops and tutorials
  • Networking events

Practical Info

“Communicating European Research 2005” will be open to everyone interested in science communication. The conference will be organised in plenary and parallel session, with interpretation provided for several of them. On-line registration will be open from June 2005 on. Admission will be subject to a registration fee.