Abstract: 

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” – Carl Sagan

In today’s world, where science and technology permeates our everyday life, it is becoming ever more important to ensure effective and reliable Science Communication, particularly in the EU. In fact, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation has placed “citizen science” as one of his three top priorities.

However, Science Communication in Europe is significantly below the level needed to keep the public informed, ensure a broad public debate on the impact of science on society and allow for informed innovation acceptance. For example, a report recently published by the Joint Research Centre points out that Europe reports only 1/5 of the science news reported in the US.

It is therefore timely to rethink how the EU can support stronger Science Communication and to address a number of questions:

  • How can science and media work better together to improve communicating science to the European citizens?
  • What is the role and responsibility of each actor?
  • How can the EU institutions foster better cooperation between the key stakeholders?
  • What kind of institutions and incentives are needed to support better Science Communication?