Atomium-European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy (EISMD), was launched on 2009 at the European Parliament by the former President of France Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini and convenes leading European universities, media, global businesses, governments and policymakers to develop innovative initiatives.
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.
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 to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire citizen engagement.
Why science sometimes succeeds in shaping and influencing the policy agenda, and why sometimes it fails is poorly understood. We promote scientists’ better understanding of the policy process, as well as a stronger connection between scientists and policy makers.
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.