About

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 (launching in the first quarter of 2021) 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: this multi-stakeholder forum was the first in Europe bringing together all actors interested in shaping the social impact of new applications of AI, including the European Parliament, civil society organisations, industry and the media.

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 October 2020 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.

Current Initiatives
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Post-COVID Summit – new panel on VENTURE CAPITAL

Post-COVID Summit now features a two-hour panel on VENTURE CAPITAL! Session 3 on “The Future […]

July 27, 2020
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AI4People 2020 third Committees’ Meetings

Between June 15th and June 26th, the third session of AI4People Committee’s meetings took place. […]

July 17, 2020
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Post-COVID Summit’s website now live

The Post-COVID Summit’s website is officially live! Post-COVID Summit is a virtual conference organised by […]

July 15, 2020