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The European Science-Media Hub, a tool for promoting accurate scientific information

The European Science-Media Hub (ESMH) started its work in 2018 as a project of the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology. The main mission of the Hub is to offer a platform for dialogue among scientists, journalists and policymakers and to promote sound scientific evidence. The ESMH offers journalists and other ...

Mental health in Covid times ESMH

Supporting Europeans in coping with the psychological consequences of the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has been having a large impact on Europeans’ mental health. On 25 January 2022, the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) held a workshop about this important topic, ways to help people cope and policy options. Featuring in this video are European Parliament Vice-President Eva Kaili, Scientific ...

Safeguarding academic freedom in Europe

Safeguarding academic freedom in Europe: STOA event and video

What are the challenges for academic freedom in Europe today? And how could the EU address them? A STOA conference, organised with the support of the European University Association (EUA), took place on 9 November 2021. It sought to clarify the definition of academic freedom, to frame the challenges in the EU context and to ...

Participatory and direct democracy in the European Union

Highlights from the 8th parliamentary term : participatory and direct democracy in the European Union

In recent years, the increasing citizens' distrust and disaffection towards representative institutions, coupled with the worrisome falling electoral turnout trend in many EU Member States, appear to signal a major crisis of the representation system as a whole.

The challenges of Precision Agriculture in Europe

Highlights from the 8th parliamentary term : the challenges of Precision Agriculture in Europe

The STOA foresight study on 'Precision Agriculture and the future of farming in Europe’ provided input for the European Parliament's activities of in the area of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

Does artificial intelligence threaten human rights

Highlights from the 8th parliamentary term : does artificial intelligence threaten human rights ?

Asking "Is artificial intelligence a human rights issue?", the workshop co-organised by STOA with the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 20 March 2019, gathered academic experts, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), practitioners and representatives of international organisations to share their perspectives on exactly how artificial intelligence (AI) affects the protection ...

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.

Do we need an ethical charter or European agency for AI ?

Highlights from the 8th parliamentary term : Do we need an ethical charter or European agency for AI ?

AI and robotics are seeping further and further into our lives. Although they are convenient, these new technologies also raise a number of legal and ethical questions.