Articles

ESMH regularly publishes articles on topics related to science and new technologies that provoke a lot of media attention and that are important in the European context. Most importantly, the articles are written with the help of science writers in journalistic style and always provide the opinion of one or more scientists on the topic. The publications are accompanied by a selection of links to related information and with a focus on European research and knowledge in the field.

RETHINK project: a look at the future of science communication

RETHINK project : a look at the future of science communication

Science communication is no longer the same. A project involving seven European countries aims to understand how science communication has changed. It’s not only a question of knowledge but also a matter of opportunities for the future.

The new corona virus – reactions of leading European researchers

The new corona virus – reactions of leading European researchers

At a time of dramatic news of widespread infections in China from the new corona virus, COVID-19, virologists in the top European institutes are intensively working to understand more about the novel disease.

Coronavirus : a pandemic turning into an infodemic

Coronavirus : a pandemic scare turning into an infodemic

Pandemics have the potential to exacerbate underlying social tensions. And at times of crises — when emotions run high — online rumours spread particularly wide and fast.

Alternative approaches to animal testing

Alternative approaches to animal testing

In 1959, The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique was published by Russell and Burch, introducing the 3Rs concept (replacement, reduction, and refinement) regarding animal use in the scientific community. Just over 60 years later, it is timely to review progress to date and the future outlook regarding alternative approaches to animal testing.

More democratic, transparent and reliable the next generation social media

More democratic, transparent and reliable : the next generation social media

Social media platforms are used by one-third of the world population, they are changing how we find partners, access news and engage with politics. But the rise in disinformation and data privacy breaches are denting public trust. Is it too late to harness the potential of social media for good?

Re-engineering pharmaceutical research for better patient outcomes

Re-engineering pharmaceutical research for better patient outcomes

A so-called ‘productivity crisis’ has been ascribed to the pharmaceutical research and development industry. Despite increases in investment and funding, this has not corresponded to increases in the approval of novel drugs. Why do so many drugs fail to receive approval, and what other means should we be focusing on for the benefit of patients?

Is microbial protein the answer to the quest for meatless meat

Is microbial protein the answer to the quest for ‘meatless meat’?

Can you imagine producing agri-products without having to use land? Finnish scientists and researchers have produced protein, manufactured by microbes, using electricity, water, nutrients and air.

Deepfakes shallowfakes and speech synthesis tackling audiovisual manipulation

Deepfakes, shallowfakes and speech synthesis: tackling audiovisual manipulation

Despite alarmist news stories about deepfakes heralding the end of democracy or truth itself, the technology – for better or worse – is far from perfect, which suggests that there is still a window of opportunity to prepare society, institutions and regulatory frameworks for the moment it is.

New technologies in medicine time to prepare

New technologies in medicine: time to prepare

The technological revolution involving artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and robotics is posed to deeply change healthcare and biomedical research, and things are changing fast. In this rapidly evolving scenario, researchers and health professionals need to acquire new skills and knowledge.

Europe to take up brain disorders challenge

Highlights from the 8th parliamentary term : Europe to take up brain disorders challenge

Brain illness is far more common than is generally perceived and has serious effects on the lives of many people, in terms of limitations on activity and restrictions on participation.