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Brussels, 19 May 2005

EU launches “AthenaWeb” – a new professional portal for audiovisual scientific information – to boost science film production, circulation in Europe

WHAT?
Launch of AthenaWeb, the new professional web portal for the audiovisual and scientific communities in Europe

WHEN?
Saturday 4 June 2005, from 13:00 to 14:30 - Press buffet-lunch

WHERE?
European Research & Innovation Conference and Expo
Palais des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
Hall 7, Level 2, Room LYRA

WHO?
Representatives of AthenaWeb and its partners
European science films producers, editors, broadcasters
National and European research organisations

You are cordially invited to a press buffet-lunch to mark the official launch of AthenaWeb, an innovative web portal specially designed for science communication professionals from the audiovisual and the scientific communities in Europe.

The launch of AthenaWeb will take place at the European Research and Innovation Conference and Expo in Paris, a high profile event supported by the EU which will gather over 10,000 participants from all over Europe. This 3-day event, the first of its kind in Europe, will offer a rich conference programme featuring some of Europe’s most famous researchers, scientists, and engineers, present an exciting “hands on” exhibition on the most spectacular science and technology advances. It will provide ample opportunities for networking and debate between scientists, science communicators and the public on the hottest issues in science today.

Launched in close coordination with European science TV professionals and research organisations, AthenaWeb is a robust, user-friendly platform with innovative functionalities designed for the exclusive use of science communication professionals. A concrete response to well identified needs, AthenaWeb has five key objectives:

  • to valorise existing science programming from all sources (broadcasters, independent producers, research organisations, industry) in Europe,
  • to facilitate the development, production and circulation of new science television programmes,
  • to facilitate new coproductions, through more efficient search for partners, and pooling of ideas and resources,
  • to improve circulation and visibility of science and research news,
  • to enhance networking between scientists and communication professionals.

This launch event will offer European science journalists, TV producers, and information professionals exciting opportunities to:

  • see a full demonstration of the project by the AtnenaWeb team,
  • do your own “test drive”,
  • meet all the current contributors and share their experience,
  • network with European researchers, science journalists and science producers,
  • attend the rest of the European Research and Innovation Conference and Expo
  • participate in other EU-organised events (round table on science communication, etc.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Patrick Vittet-Philippe
Press and Information Officer
DG Research, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.2969056
Mobile + 32 477 274663
Email: patrick.vittet-philippe@ec.europa.eu

For additional information on AthenaWeb, please see
http://www.athenaweb.org

For aditional information on the European Research & Innovation Conference please see
http://www.salon-de-la-recherche.com




CONFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE, IMPORTANT

To participate in this press briefing, please return the enclosed form by fax or e-mail.

 

CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATION

ATHENAWEB PRESS LAUNCH
Saturday 4 June 2005
13:00-14:30
European Research & Innovation Conference
Palais des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, Paris
Hall 7, Level 2, Room LYRA

PLEASE E-MAIL to patrick.vittet-philippe@ec.europa.eu
OR FAX BACK to + 32 2 295 8220

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BACKGROUND
WHAT IS ATHENAWEB? WHAT’S IN IT FOR MY ORGANISATION?

AthenaWeb: a concrete response to well identified needs of EU professionals.

A concrete response to well identified needs AthenaWeb has five key objectives:

  • to valorise existing science programming from all sources (broadcasters, independent producers, research organisations, industry) in Europe,
  • to facilitate the development, production and circulation of new science television programmes,
  • to facilitate new coproductions, through more efficient search for partners, and pooling of ideas and resources,
  • to improve circulation and visibility of science and research news,
  • to enhance networking between scientists and communication professionals.

AthenaWeb: a user-friendly, robust and fully tested tool with innovative functionalities.

AthenaWeb is open to European professionals: TV commissioning editors, TV science magazines and programme producers, science journalists, science directors, information and communication officers and audiovisual departments of research institutes universities, corporations and industry. It provides scientific audiovisual professionals with:

  • a password-protected access for professionals only,
  • a fully searchable electronic library of a whole spectrum of science Television and radio programmes (news, VNRs, documentaries, fictions, etc), with multilingual functionalities,
  • realtime online screening in medium or high definition (full streaming, MPEG4 video) to view and evaluate material,
  • innovative contractual solutions for the negotiation, sale, or exchange of science TV material (online licences for copyright, copyleft and “copyshare”),
  • thematic background dossiers on key science and research issues,
  • an online agenda of key science and audiovisual professional events in Europe,
  • a European science news service, with constantly updated information drawn from the news services of the European Commission, AlphaGalileo, Euractiv, Research TV, and other international science news partners,
  • a professional forum/marketplace for coproductions and partnerships.

AthenaWeb: building partnerships, bringing added value for all contributors and users.

AthenaWeb has been developed with professionals for professionals. The key focus is partnerships – and the key objective to facilitate professional relations and activities between all users and contributors of AthenaWeb. More than a mere “one stop shop”, AthenaWeb aims to become the meeting point and common forum for the European science and science programming communities. Initial, first round, contributors to Athena Web included inter alia:

  • science web portals & European information services: AlphaGalileo, Euractiv.com, etc.
  • broadcasters: RTBF & VRT (B), SWR & WDR (D), Research TV (UK), VPRO (NL)
  • independent producers: Ex-Nihilo (F), MIF-Sciences (F), Herafilm (CZ), Ambernet (PL), etc
  • research organisations: CNRS, ESO, Max Planck Institut, etc.

AthenaWeb is growing rapidly, with new contributors and users joining every week. Currently offering in its pilot phase a sample of 30 hours of programming covering over 200 subjects in two key thematic areas (environment and industrial technologies), AthenaWeb’s database will grow to 100 hours of science programming, covering 14 themes by the autumn 2005 – becoming more valuable to all partners by the day.

 

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