in Society On-line Library
The Library contains links
to a wealth of science and society-related resources
on the web. It is by no means an exhaustive list of
on-line resources dealing with the science and society
interface but is meant as a starting point to help you
and Society in Europe
This portal provides an entry point to
the Commission’s science and society activities
and through it you will learn about the EU efforts to
take science out of the lab and into the public arena.
This is the Commission’s gateway to news
and information about scientific research and technological
development in the European Union.
This Commission website provides information on
EU-backed research and development. It includes a news
service, a database of Union-funded projects and guidance
on how to apply for European research funding.
This Commission website seeks to stimulate
interactions between biotech researchers and social
scientists, economists and ethical experts active in
the field of life sciences. It also informs and opens
a dialogue with interested citizens on relevant European
policies and research activities.
The EU News page provides access to the latest
and archived press releases of nearly all the Union's
institutions. It also contains such information as the
official euro exchange rate, Eurostat press releases,
and news in pictures offered to television channels
throughout Europe. The calendar presents a selection
of forthcoming events from the EU political agenda.
Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
This Committee’s portfolio covers a number
of EU policy areas, including industry, research, space,
energy, nuclear safety, and information society technologies.
Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
OPOCE is the publishing house of the institutions
and other bodies of the European Union. It is responsible
for producing and distributing EU publications on all
media and by all means.
and Society in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6)
This web page provides information on the
science and society cross-cutting activities funded
under FP6 as part of its ‘Structuring the European
Research Area (ERA)’ priority.
in Europe – Ethics Committees – Facing the
On 27 and 28 January 2005, representatives of
local and regional ethics committees attended this conference
organised by the Commission. Good practices, obstacles
and pitfalls were considered, leading to the formulation
of recommendations for future activities.
RTD info is a quarterly magazine
published by the European Commission presenting a mix
of research results and debate on scientific subjects
of interest to a wide, non-specialised readership. The
common theme is Europe.
and Technology Transfer
Euroabstracts helps the busy professionals
and policy-makers keep abreast of the latest innovation-related
research and publications with thought-provoking and
incisive reviews of the latest reports and books, as
well as a major feature article and interview.
Science's Next Wave is a weekly
on-line publication that covers scientific training,
career development, and the science job market in Europe
and the USA.
Nature is a weekly international journal
publishing peer-reviewed research in all fields of science
and technology on the basis of its originality, importance,
interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility,
elegance and surprising conclusions.
New Scientist is a leading UK popular
science magazine with a global perspective aimed at
scientists and non-specialists alike. It has been published
weekly since 1956.
Science Magazine is a weekly magazine
covering the latest research developments across the
globe. It releases a monthly special edition of essays
on science and society. It also has an associated
daily news service. It is published by the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.
Recherche (FR) [FR]
La Recherche is a monthly French-language
science magazine covering the latest news emerging from
the world of science and technology.
Natur+Kosmos is a German-language magazine
covering the natural sciences, the environment, and
Futuro is the science and technology supplement
of leading Spanish daily El Pais.
New Atlantis (USA)
The New Atlantis is a science and technology
journal aims to clarify the ethical and political understanding
of all areas of technology – from stem cells to
hydrogen cells to weapons of mass destruction. It is
published by the US-based Ethics and Public Policy Centre
4's Science in Society (UK)
UK independent broadcaster Channel 4 runs a
regular series on the impact of science on society and
the various science-related issues facing modern society.
This site also covers other science topics, including
body and mind; science in medicine; science in engineering,
Seed is an award-winning independent popular
science magazine based in Canada. It is targeted at
general readership of people interested in science and
its impact on culture and society.
Science in Society Programme (UK)
The goal Economic and Social Research Council’s
(ESRC) Science in Society Programme is to explore the
rapidly changing relations between science (including
engineering and technology) and the wider society, and
thereby to facilitate debate and policy development.
The ESRC is an independent organisation funded by the
in Science (CH)
Society in Science: The Branco Weiss Fellowship
is dedicated to exploring new avenues in the relationship
between science and society. It is aimed primarily at
researchers from the life sciences who want to challenge
traditional disciplinary boundaries. With financing
for Swiss entrepreneur Branco Weiss, this programme
is run by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
de Sciences et de l’Industrie (FR) [FR]
Cité de Sciences et de l’Industrie is a French
science and technology museum built around a number
of thematic areas, namely science and society; the living
world and the environment; hard sciences and industries;
children; hobbies and practical skills.
Café Scientifique is a place where, for the
price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone
can come to explore the latest ideas in science and
technology. Meetings have taken place in cafes, bars,
restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a
traditional academic context.
Property Rights (IPR) Helpdesk
The main objective of the IPR-Helpdesk is to assist
potential and current contractors taking part in Community
funded research and technological development projects
on intellectual property rights (IPR) issues. The IPR-Helpdesk
advises also on Community diffusion and protection rules
and other issues relating to IPR in international research
projects. Another more global objective of the action
is to raise awareness of the European research community
on IPR issues, emphasising their European dimension.
and society: expert groups for scientific advice
Use of geology expertise for more effective administration
of sustainable development, environmental quality and
standards, land use planning, environmental management
and use of resource.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
With a mission “to build peace in the
minds of men”, UNESCO was founded in 1945 in the
wake of World War II. Today, UNESCO functions as a ‘laboratory
of ideas’ and a standard-setter to forge universal
agreements on emerging ethical issues. It also serves
as a ‘clearinghouse’ for the dissemination
and sharing of information and knowledge.
Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS)
The APLS is an international association of
scholars, scientists, and policy-makers that was founded
in 1980. It focuses on life science-related policy issues.
The Loka Institute is a non-profit research
and advocacy organisation concerned with the social,
political, and environmental repercussions of research,
science and technology.
Cluster I: Popularisation of science
on the web – the Netherlands – NL [NL]
Kennislink is an independent, virtual platform for
science communication based on the network idea. More
than 60 Dutch and Flemish partners offer their public
information via Kennislink. It now contains over 7 000
articles and multi-media items.
on the web – Sweden – SE [SV]
forskning.se (research.se) is a nationwide Swedish
website that provides information on research and research
findings. It aims to generate interest in research as
a source of information, insight and development –
both for the individual and for society.
on the web – Norway – NO [NO]
Targeting young adults, forskning.no (research.no)
is a web service with news, background articles, multimedia
applications and interactive services from Norwegian
and international research. It reports on all facets
– University Science Communication to the Public
– IS [IS]
SCP draws on two existing initiatives: the Icelandic
Web of Science (IWS) and the Young People’s University
(YPU). IWS introduces scientific concepts by answering
questions posed by the public. YPU is a summer school
for young people covering such fields as engineering,
languages, physics, and ethics.
– the EU’s on-line research and innovation
CORDIS assists researchers, entrepreneurs, business
specialists, government agencies, political decision-makers,
public services, non-profit organisations, journalists
and various key players in the R&D and innovation
fields. This dynamic and interactive platform encourages
technology and knowledge transfer across national borders
in Europe, including accession, candidate and associated
Foundation – UK
AlphaGalileo is Europe’s internet-based
research news service. It provides media worldwide with
access to the latest European research news. The Foundation
is UK-based but operates in collaboration with ten European
countries and all the research promotion and media bodies
in Europe. AlphaGalileo Foundation is working with its
partners and the European Commission towards the creation
of a proactive European research press centre.
– SE [SV]
Expertanswer is a media service offering journalists
from all over the world access to Swedish science sources
and research news. Around 4 000 journalists in Sweden
and other countries are members and uses the service
for queries and as a news source.
Science and Technology Week – EC
Through thought-provoking activities across
Europe, European Science and Technology Week aims to
create a totally new perspective on science. The emphasis
is on showing, rather than telling, Europeans how science
and technology affects them, from the simplest gadgets
to the most sophisticated satellite technology.
in summer – PT [PT]
‘Engineering in summer’ brings the engineering
of everyday life to the attention of the public by promoting
direct contact with specialists in the field. It organises
visits to large engineering facilities and to companies
where engineering plays a central role.
– Genova Science Festival – IT [IT]
The Genova Science Festival seeks to lay a common
ground where science and society meet in an interactive
and diversified way. Using appealing and simple language,
the Festival is a showcase of events with a ‘scientific
of Science – SE [SV]
Visitors to the House of Science – teachers and
secondary school students – can conduct amusing
but rather advanced experiments in physics, astronomy
an ET! – PT [PT]
To explore the topics of communication and the five
senses, this interactive exhibition was built around
the theme of inventing an extraterresterial. Each experiment
enabled the children to choose the ET’s various
– Improving Public Understanding of Science and
Technology in Slovenia – SI [SL]
The Slovenian Science Foundation has launched a number
of initiatives to enhance the public image of science,
such as the hands-on ‘science adventures’
organised at the annual Slovenian Science Festival.
Children learn important scientific concepts through
Picnic – PL [PL]
Science Picnic is an annual outdoor fair which takes
place in the Market Square of Warsaw’s old town
in June. For that one day only, a city of 130 tents
sprouts up, where scientists and students carry out
different science-related activities.
– Warsaw Science Festival – PL [PL]
The Warsaw Science Festival is organised by academics
for the general public. Visitors can observe scientists
carrying out real experiments, take part in hundreds
of activities and attend science lessons.
– Yearly European Science Society – EC
YESS is a new annual event organised for 9 May (Europe
Day). In 2005, it will take place in ten different EU
countries where citizens will participate in demonstrations,
activities and debates on the topic of brain research.
– Green Action – PL [PL]
Rather than bringing children to universities, academics
in Poland hit on the novel idea of taking the universities
to the children. Known as ‘Green Action’,
this initiative encourages students at various higher
educational institutes to give up two months of their
summer holidays to attend kids camps at remote rural
Cluster II: Debates and participatory processes
– Interactive exhibition on global warming –
The CLIMAX exhibition peers into the future to chart
the various possible climate change scenarios. It is
an interactive expo – including films, forums
and simulators –that is part of a long-term process
including a consensus conference on climate change.
– UK, , DE, ES, FR, NL, PL, BG, TR, AT
Nanoforum is an on-line nanoscience and naotechnology
platform that seeks to promote communication within
the nano-community and with other stakeholders about
the exciting developments in this emerging field. It
also aims to help coordinate fragmented EU research
– Public Participation and Governance of Innovation
– IT [IT]
PPGI has sought to test out – for the very first
time in Italy – new methods of citizen participation
in techno-scientific policy. As a test case study, the
topic of GMO research was selected as the main focus
of panel discussions.
foresight in Greece – EL
The Greek Technology Foresight has been examining
the implications of emerging science and technology
on the future of Greek society and the economy. In particular,
it has sought to investigate how science, research and
technology are expected to contribute gradually, over
the next 20 years, to shaping the emerging Greek ‘Knowledge
– Improving governance of hazardous activities
Trustnet is a pan-European think tank dedicated
to improving the governance of hazardous activities.
Having diagnosed failings in conventional regulatory
regimes, TRUSTNET has identified a new approach based
on a more inclusive, participatory regime. Inclusive
governance is directed towards restoring the political
dimension of decisions on new or contentious technological
activities by gradually opening the decision framing
process to concerned individuals and organisations.
– Messenger Role of Medical Research Charities
The Association of Medical Research Chairites
communicates with the public on medical and health science
issues. It has focused on creating medical science ‘messengers’
and enabling individuals to embark on their own journeys
on the move – AT [DE]
New Orientations for Democracy in Europe >node<
is an innovative research programme in Austria seeking
to embed science and society issues at all levels of
research. It encourages the participation of stakeholders
in the research programme, stimulates continuous dialogue
between science and society, and promotes specific target
groups like young researchers and women.
Cluster III: Addressing groups of society
Women in Research and Technology – AT
fFORTE is a comprehensive programme aiming to
dismantle the career impediments holding back women
in science and research. The programme proposes remedial
measures to correct the gender imbalance in science,
and carries out training courses for women.
Contact Point: coaching for women scientists –
The FiF Contact Point offers specialised seminars for
German women – who are under-epresented at European
level – to help increase their participation in
EU-backed research. It seeks to integrate gender mainstreaming
into the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme.
– Coaching for Women Scientists – DE
CEWS has helped hundreds of women to prepare their (junior)
professorship applications in special career training
and coaching seminars conducted across the country.
The programme addressed female scientists from all fields.
– Pupils in Research – CY [EL, EN]
MERA is a science competition for elementary and secondary
school students who submit research proposals and projects
in order to compete for financial awards and commemorative
certificates. The MERA competition aims to develop a
science and research culture for youngsters from the
early stages of their education.
Generation: bridging the gap between Biosciences and
Citizens – FR, IT, SE
Science Generation seeks to remove the barriers
to communication between citizens, experts and decision-makers
by promoting new forms of dialogue between bioscience
and society and giving ordinary citizens an active role
to play in the discussion process.
– Ethical Forum for Young People – DK
The Ethical Forum for Young People has explored
various bioethical issues, including cloning (in 2001),
the biotechnological enhancement of humans (in 2003),
and the ethical aspects of stem cell research (in 2005).
Debates are conducted in schools all over Denmark and
17 students are selected to become members of theForum
for a particular year.
– Biology education and communication –
The European Molecular Biology Organisation
is contributing to building a ‘European Education
Area’. An example of this is ‘Continuing
Education for European Biology Teachers’ –
a training programme for school teachers across Europe.
Communication prizes, media workshops, and public conferences
complete EMBO’s Science and Society Programme.
– Young European Biotech Network – IT, DE,
FR, CH, NL, PL, PT, AT, FI, HU
The Young European Biotech Network (YEBN) is
an international non-profit organisation for young students,
PhDs and scientists from 12 European countries. It aims
to strengthen co-operation in Europe in order to increase
the competitiveness of the European Life Science sector
worldwide. YEBN promotes and is promoted by a responsible
and dynamic community of young people.
– Didactic concept for knowledge transfer –
Zukunftswerkstatt has developed a specific didactic
concept for the transfer of knowledge. This concept
differs considerably from traditional science transfer
and is characterised by such aspects as an understanding
of science and technology and a specific reference to
the daily environment of the individual target groups.
– European Co-operation in the field of Scientific
and Technical research – EC
COST is the oldest and broadest European intergovernmental
network for research co-operation. Established in 1971,
COST is presently used by the scientific communities
of 35 European countries to collaborate on common research
projects supported by national funds. COST’s bottom-up
nature resulted in many Actions that were close to the
direct needs of society.
– European Regions Research and Innovation Network
The European Regions Research and Innovation
Network is a Brussels-based community designed to help
regional players to participate fully and effectively
in the European Research Area by improving coordination
and communication between regional representations.
– Raising Awareness of S&T among Ethnic Minorities
– AT, CZ, HU, IT, SI, UK
ETHNIC seeks to mainstream racial equality issues
in science by raising awareness among both the scientific
community and ethnic minorities. This involves promoting
the idea among the most marginalised ethnic groups that
science is not the exclusive preserve of others and
is an option for everyone.
– Improving Science Shop Networking – NL,
DE, AT, RO, DK, ES, FR, UK, USA
Improving Science Shop Networking (ISSNET) helps
existing science shops – community-based research
organisations – to share their expertise and to
help interested individuals and organisations set up
their own community-based research organisations.
Research and Development Centres – IL
Regional R&D Centres conduct research that presents
unique advantages to the regions in which they operate,
and also contributes to the social and economic prosperity
of the area. Leading local scientists carry out the