A new name, new graphics, more pages and more
subjects, both brief and in-depth, more interaction
with our readers… But an unchanged twofold editorial
objective: to produce the European Research
Area magazine which will serve as a bridge between
science and society.
Over ten years ago, RTD info started off as
an occasional informative letter with an
institutional content produced by the
European Commission. Over the years, it has
become a magazine which, by following a truly
journalistic approach, sheds light on the main
protagonists in European research and the
projects they are involved in. The initial title of
the magazine seemed to become more and
more elliptical and obsolete, and did not keep
pace with the evolution in form and content.
For some time now, the idea of changing it has
been in the air. But the press always finds it very
difficult to take this kind of step. The possible
change to the name of a regular, four-language
publication, which has been widely distributed for
several years, gave rise to numerous discussions,
consultations and reader surveys.
After a consensus was obtained, we still had to
decide on the ‘right’ name. research*eu emerged.
We could have opted, as is often the case, for a
reference to ancient mythology or some variation
based on the prefixes eur- or euro. We preferred
to adopt a ‘compact’ title, one that referred to
the nature of the magazine and allowed for
identifying both its content (research) and its
origin (eu – Web domain launched in 2006
designating the geographical sphere of the
European Union), joined by a symbolic star. Read more ...