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Communicating European Research 2005
Time to get talking research!

Brussels, 19 September 2005

WHAT?
Europe’s best scientists, the media and the communication sector will come together for the second year to showcase the latest developments and explore new avenues for communicating European research.

WHO?
Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research
Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media
Alan Leshner, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Donghong Cheng, Chinese Association for Science and Technology
Harry Kroto and Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize laureates
FP6 Project coordinators and Descartes Communication Prize laureates
Key players in the TV, radio and communication sector

WHERE?
Brussels Exhibition Centre, Place de Belgique, Heysel, 1020 BrusselS

WHEN?
14-15 November 2005

Science in Europe: spreading the word

The second edition of the conference “Communicating European Research” will take place in November 2005. Building on last year’s success, the European Commission decided to open the event to a much broader range of players. As a result, 3.000 of Europe’s science and media professionals will gather once again in Brussels to present their work and discuss best science communication practices.

The European Commission has received approximately 150 requests from various players to organise discussions forums, and selected about 250 projects for a large exhibition organised into four main areas:

  • EU-funded research projects from aeronautics to IT, passing by energy, environment and nanotechnologies;
  • Professional services including media training for scientists or on-line information resources specialised in science;
  • National and regional programmes;
  • Science publications and science in schools.

This unique event will give journalists an opportunity to meet and interact with leading European researchers. From press briefings to one-on-one meetings, Communicating European Research 2005 will bring you the latest news and best insights into Europe’s scientific research. The conference will also take stock of the way towards the Seventh Framework Programme.

What will be on offer during CER 2005?

  • A press conference with Janez Potočnik, the European Research Commissioner on November 14
  • Several press briefings per day with high-level scientists revealing EU research breakthroughs (more information on the briefings will be available soon)
  • A wide range of parallel sessions, forums and workshops covering subjects such as:
    • From sharks to quarks – television goes live for European science
    • Science by SMS – serving science in a swift-moving society
    • Is science journalism a luxury?
    • Science at school – lost case or real winner?
    • Beyond Frankenfood: communicating a science-based GMO debate with stakeholders
    • Other sessions will look at communicating science via podcasting, pulling crowds for research events, science centres as research communication forums, and science on the radio.
  • A guided tour of the exhibition. Among the 250 exhibitors you will have the opportunity to see ITER, CERN, the European Space Agency or “The Fascination of Light” and meet representatives from these organizations. The latest is a German exhibition promoting the future perspectives offered by optical technologies, via various public events and an internet lab for children around the theme of light (http://www.faszinationlicht.de/).
  • A parallel line-up of evening highlights, which completes the event as the ideal networking hub.
  • A fully equipped press room, a radio studio as well as 2 ENG teams for TV journalists during the two days of the event.

Communicating European Research 2005 – the programme

The Communicating European Research 2005 conference kicks off with a welcome cocktail on the evening of 13 November and draws to a close with the award of the communication prizes on 15 November. Please consult the full provisional programme at:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/conferences/2005/cer2005/programme_en.html


If you would like to register to attend CER 2005, please go to: http://ec.europa.eu/research/conferences/2005/cer2005/registration_en.html

Journalists will receive an invitation and detailed media programme for the conference in early October. Meanwhile, for more information please contact:

Catherine Audouze-Ouannes
Press and Information Officer, DG Research, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.296.66.72, Fax: + 32.2.296.20.26
E-mail: Catherine.AUDOUZE-OUANNES@ec.europa.eu

For print press:
Mónica Vicente Cristina
Hill & Knowlton International Belgium, working under EC contract for this event
Tel: +32.2.737.95.00, Fax: +32.2.737.95.01, Mob: +32.472.390.601
Email: mcristin@hillandknowlton.com

For audiovisual media:
Gérald Alary
DDB Focus-Europe, working under EC contract for this event
Tel: +32.2.761.20.29, Fax: +32.2.761.19.06
E-mail: Gerald.alary@ddb.be

 

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