Communication

ESMH Ionica Smeets interview: News reporter or TV journalist at press conference, holding microphone and writing notes

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Ionica Smeets on hype in press releases

Interview with Ionica Smeets, professor of science communication at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Prof. Smeets, how do you feel when you encounter buzzwords such as 'groundbreaking', 'world first' and 'landmark study' in a press release? Ionica Smeets: One of the first things a journalist should realise is that press releases tend to overstate findings using ...

ESMH Maike Winters interview: News reporter or TV journalist at press conference, holding microphone and writing notes

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Maike Winters on hype in press releases

Interview with Maike Winters from the Karolinska Institute. Press releases are clearly shorter than the studies they describe. What is wrong with leaving out some aspects of studies? Maike Winters: We saw that studies' limitations, funding sources and conflicts of interest are frequently omitted from press releases. But they are needed to convey a complete ...

ESMH Petroc Sumner interview: News reporter or TV journalist at press conference, holding microphone and writing notes

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Petroc Sumner on hype in press releases

Interview with Petroc Sumner, psychologist and co-director of the InSciOut project on science in the media. What do we know about how the quality of press releases influences news stories? Petroc Sumner: There is a strong correlation between the quality of press releases and the quality of the news stories that are based on them. Whether ...

European Generation Media Lab panel

“Interactive dialogue on social media platforms can help build public trust” – takeaways from the ESMH event at EYE2021

What lessons can we learn from Covid-19 to help us tackle the climate emergency? Has Covid-19 changed the way in which we interact with science? How can we reduce the impact of misinformation? And what roles should policymakers, journalists, scientists, and online platforms play?

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Covid-19: Keeping a close eye on the models

As many European countries start to relax Covid-19 restrictions and reopen to foreign visitors whilst still rolling out vaccination programmes, it is more important than ever to stay one step ahead of the virus by accurately monitoring cases and predicting outbreaks.

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The EU Digital COVID Certificate – towards a European Health Union?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate will facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will become available in all EU Member States as of 1 July. The massive economic, social and human impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has raised fundamental questions about healthcare rights and standards in the European ...

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Mike S. Schäfer: ‘Science is a matter of facts, not opinions’

Mike Schäfer from the University of Zurich talks about why the pandemic has amplified science journalists’ fatigue, how accelerated science affects the quality of reporting, and how politics can ease the burden. How has the pandemic affected science journalism? Mike Schäfer: The pandemic has changed science journalism’s standing in society. We are now living at ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Sara Degli-Esposti about TRESCA project

Interview with Sara Degli-Esposti, Research Director of the TRESCA project and Principal Investigator (PI) for the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP-CSIC) and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University (UK). Her areas of research include ...