The role of the Media in Responsible Research and Innovation

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Summary report of the 2013 edition of the ‘European Intersectoral Summit on Research and Innovation (EISRI)’ held at Trinity College Dublin on the topic of the Role of the Media in Responsible Research and Innovation. The 2013 EISRI Summit met to discuss the role of the media in bridging the gap the currently exists between researchers, industry, policy makers, civil society organisations and the public at large. It was held in partnership with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Irish Ministry for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovate, Trinity College Dublin and The Irish Times.

Introduction

The media, broadly speaking, have a significant role to play in responsible research and innovation. On the one hand by keeping the public informed about leading scientific discoveries and engaging the public in authoritative and clear debates about scientific issues. On the other hand by using new media tools to increase the exchange of information and knowledge across disciplines, sectors and national borders.
The starting point of the debate in the 2013 ‘European Intersectoral Summit on Research and Innovation (EISRI)’ debate was the recognition of the startling changes that the information eco-system and media environment in general has seen in the past years. It is clear that media and communication, broadly conceived, play a central role in shaping the opinion and attitude of society. It is therefore equally important that the key stakeholders – research institutions, industry, media and policy makers – make sure that they correctly address the question of authoritative communication of (and on) research and innovation to citizens.
This Summit focused on the role of the media in responsible research and innovation, thus the role of the media in bridging the gap the currently exists between researchers, industry, policy makers, civil society organisations and the public at large. The conference was held under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and in collaboration with the Irish Ministry for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Trinity College Dublin and The Irish Times.
The Summit report can be found here.

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