Scientists  who  have  the  flair  and  skills  to  explain  their  work  in  ways  that  are  relevant to  a  significant number  of  the  general public  are  rare.  Most  need  to  work  in  partnership with  journalists to  communicate with  the  large  audiences  necessary  if  the  importance  of  science  is  to  have  an  impact  at  a  national  and international level.  Despite  some  improvements in  recent  years  scientists remain suspicious  of  the  media.A side effect of the suspicion is the lack of easy dialogue between science and the media.

The  challenge  for  science  communications  is  to  improve  access,  build  confidence  and  so  lead  to science being seen on equal terms  with politics and  the arts by journalists and  their editors. Alpha Galileo aims  to  provide  at  a  European  level  a  communications  facility,  analogous  to  international  European research  facilities,  that  will  support  the  development  of  better  communications  between  science  and  the non-scientist,  and  lead  to  greater  understanding  of  science  by  young  people,  tax  payers,  industry  and government.

The  paper  would  be   supported  by  a   demonstration  of   the   service.   There’s  a   dummy  site   for Alpha Galileo at http://130.246.74.195/AlphaGalileo_Prelim_Site/index.htm.

This shows the type of service we’re developing, it lacks detailed content.
 

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AlphaGalileo
An internet-based european science press centre

Peter Green   AlphaGalileo, UK

Scientists  who  have  the  flair  and  skills  to  explain  their  work  in  ways  that  are  relevant to  a  significant number  of  the  general public  are  rare.  Most  need  to  work  in  partnership with  journalists to  communicate with  the  large  audiences  necessary  if  the  importance  of  science  is  to  have  an  impact  at  a  national  and international level.  Despite  some  improvements in  recent  years  scientists remain suspicious  of  the  media.A side effect of the suspicion is the lack of easy dialogue between science and the media.

The  challenge  for  science  communications  is  to  improve  access,  build  confidence  and  so  lead  to science being seen on equal terms  with politics and  the arts by journalists and  their editors. Alpha Galileo aims  to  provide  at  a  European  level  a  communications  facility,  analogous  to  international  European research  facilities,  that  will  support  the  development  of  better  communications  between  science  and  the non-scientist,  and  lead  to  greater  understanding  of  science  by  young  people,  tax  payers,  industry  and government.

The  paper  would  be   supported  by  a   demonstration  of   the   service.   There’s  a   dummy  site   for Alpha Galileo at http://130.246.74.195/AlphaGalileo_Prelim_Site/index.htm.

This shows the type of service we’re developing, it lacks detailed content.
 

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.

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