IMDEA Water attended, as coordinator of iMETland project, to the Science Communication Event organised by the European Commission
As coordinator of iMETland project, IMDEA Water attended last Sunday the Science Communication Event organised by the European Commission prior to the official opening of the Euro-Science Open Forum in Manchester.
Under Horizon 2020, the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, researchers are asked to engage in communicating science to audiences beyond just their peers. Nevertheless communication is not necessarily the primary concern of scientists and some ambiguity persists among project coordinators around communication, dissemination and exploitation.
On his welcome message, Commissioner Carlos Moedas highlighted why communication matters from day one and how the European Commission uses project results.
During the event, aimed to H2020 coordinators, invited experts from different fields explained their views on science communication and particularly why they believe communication is beneficial for researchers, the do’s and don’ts in communication and how to work together.
Participants noted the importance of Article 38.1 of the grant agreement, which refers to the communication activities of the projects. Among the main conclusions when facing a proposal, experts pointed out: planning strategies from day one and make VIP the message: Virtual, Interactive and Personal.