European Science-Media Hub (ESMH) is a project of the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). It was launched in 2017 and works under the guidance and the political responsibility of the STOA Panel.
Eva Kaili (S&D, Greece), STOA Chair. The ESMH aims at empowering science journalism. It promotes evidence-based information for citizens in a “post-truth” era flooded by fake news and intended misinformation. The creation of the Hub is a pan-European determined action against populist ideas which fuel anti-European fake news. The main target of the Hub is to be a point of reference for journalists. They seek to disseminate accurate and unbiased scientific news to Europeans.
Paul RÜBIG (Christian Democrats, Austria), STOA First Vice-Chair (January 2017- June 2019). It is the age of artificial intelligence and machine learning. We have to make research, science and technology better understandable and accessible for people. It will serve as an authoritative centre for information, networking and education in the broad area of science journalism.
The ESMH :
- Creates a network between scientists and the media. Setting up and maintaining contacts within and among the science and media communities. Doing it via seminars, workshops, conferences and other events. They involve science, academia, educational and research entities, and professional associations of journalists and scientists.
- Encourages learning from each other. Offering opportunities for journalists and other communicators. It is made to attend or follow physical or online seminars and coaching or mentoring programmes, or establishing contacts. The purpose is to help improve their ability to identify trustworthy sources and report on sound science.
- Shares knowledge and follow media trends. Making information available to journalists, other media and citizens. Information about new scientific developments, as well as about scientific topics that attract media attention. Tracking the most popular topics in the field of science and technology on different platforms. They are magazines, newspapers, blogs and social media, via media monitoring and media intelligence tools.