Effective outreach programmes, and communication of research activities and results constitute an important part of European research efforts. The Science in Society (SIS) Programme supports projects that pursue a range of communication and interaction objectives, such as training initiatives to help journalists and scientists engage in more effective dialogue, science events and contests that attract public participation, research activities aimed at improving the way science is communicated, and other innovative ideas that have the potential to reach new and broader audiences.
Clear, transparent and dynamic two-way communication between science and society is a goal clearly articulated by the EU. In fact, under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), funding recipients are required to include communication in their overall strategy, and the European Commission provides extensive support to meet this target.
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