RELATE is fully funded under the European Commission's
Research programme 'Science in Society' (FP7–SIS).
This is a four-way process:
To promote EU research
While helping the general public to understand cutting-
To train journalists
While helping scientists learn how to interact with the
EJC, the European Journalism Centre, The Netherlands, is an
independent, international, non-profit institute dedicated to the
highest standards in journalism.
ENEA is an Italian public research body operating in the fields of
energy, the environment and new technologies.
EPFL is one of the two Ecoles Polytechniques Fédérales in
TÜBITAK is the Turkish governmental agency for science research
MINERVA Consulting & Communication, Belgian PR Agency
specialised in European research related projects.
BACKGROUND: WHY ARE WE HERE?
In general, people are either afraid or don't care
about research because they don't understand it
Scientists often speak in technical jargon, which
Journalists tend to over-simplify complex research,
widening the gap in understanding
MEDIA: CHEERLEADERS OR WATCHDOGS?
Science and journalism are not alien cultures...
They are built on the same foundation...that
conclusions require evidence; that the evidence
should be open to everyone; and that everything
is subject to question... And whether it's
directed towards an experiment or a breaking
news story, each can appreciate the other's
Write a daily blog in English on the RELATE project website –
Produce an article or audio-visual production in your own
language based on your study tour and upload it to the platform
Look for editors willing to publish your article or material
RELATE partners will support you but this is a real challenge for you
to look for an editor by yourself and to start your career with unique
material. Few people have the chance to go inside a lab, interview and
take pictures, videos.
WHAT ARE WE NOT HERE TO DO?
Act as public relations officers: we're not here to
write press releases.
Why? For our own CREDIBILITY
Project = REsearch LAbs for TEaching Journalists
Editors won't publish PR.
We are not here as undercover journalists
Or to write sensationalist articles
Please note which briefings are off-the-record
Respect the lab rules and journalism ethics
(included in the briefing already sent to you)
Learn best practice and worst practice...
ULTIMATELY, WE'RE HERE TO...
'Translate' the complex language of science
Explore all sides of the issue: the commercial
benefits as well as the social impacts
Explore the personal angle: Who benefits? How do
the researchers work? What drives them?
Get people talking through intellectual curiosity or
An award will be given to the most outstanding publication
(audiovisual or paper based publication): HD Handycam
The most successful students will participate in the final project
meeting in Brussels in January 2011.
The final workshop in Brussels with project partners,
representatives from media and the research labs, a group of the
best RELATE students and EC officials, sector experts
With the aim to:
examine the results achieved and to weigh up the feasibility of
similar projects in the future.
provide recommendations based on feedback from students and
researchers (experiences, difficulties, opinions, etc.).
pave the way to future projects, informing students and
researchers, the project management team and European