Atomium-EISMD convenes leading European universities, media, global businesses,
policy-makers and governments to develop
innovative initiatives and frontier thinking
grounded on scientific research, thus providing evidence-based analysis as well as advice in governmental and decision-making processes
We encourage frontier thinking based on scientific evidence, with the aim of supporting Europe in the challenges facing ahead. In the last twelve years, this vision has energized the work of the Institute and its partners in overcoming complex challenges. The Institute was launched in 2009 at the European Parliament by the former President of France Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini.
Our recent initiatives
We work on issues directly – or with strategic partners from the business, government, media, and non-profit sectors – to launch or elaborate on crucial issues that foster innovation, promote evidence-based policy making, whilst shaping the social impact of new applications of AI and inspiring citizen-engagement in science.
Advancing the global collaboration between academia and business: foster innovation
Through one of our last initiatives Simetia we promote a stronger collaboration between Academia and Business to foster innovation, by providing companies with an expanded opportunity to globally locate pre-vetted researchers, perfectly matched to their business needs.
Promoting evidence-based policy making and public engagement in Science
Why science sometimes succeeds in shaping and influencing the policy agenda, and why sometimes it fails, is poorly understood. But recognising the democratic drivers behind policy making also calls for more public engagement in science and policy, which has been – since the very beginning – at the centre of our actions. Through REIsearch we promote a tightened connection between scientists and policy makers to increase evidence-based policy making and public engagement in science.
Shaping the social impact of new applications of Artificial Intelligence
We launched in 2018 AI4People together with founding members Audi, Elsevier, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, Intesa SanPaolo, Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft and at the end of the same year, on behalf of AI4People and its partners, Prof. Luciano Floridi presented at the European Parliament the “AI4People’s Ethical Framework for a Good AI Society: Opportunities, Risks, Principles, and Recommendations”, result of AI4People’s first year of activity. This important result served as inspiration to the European Commission and guided the identification of the 7 Key Requirements for a Trustworthy AI presented by the Commission in April 2019.
In 2019, the AI4People’s scientific activities have focused on the “Report on Good AI Governance: 14 Priority Actions, a S.M.A.R.T. Model of Governance, and a Regulatory Toolbox“, presented at the European Parliament on November 6th.
Inspiring public enagement in science has been – since the very beginning – at the centre of our actions
Inspiring puplic engagement in science has been since the very beginning at the centre of our actions, as we strongly believe that democracy needs informed and responsible citizens. With ECAI (European Consultation on Artificial Intelligence) Atomium-EISMD, in cooperation with its media partners, is planning to organise in April 2023 an extensive and first of its kind consultation of the public-at-large on Artificial Intelligence, across twelve European Countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom.