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 September 2020) 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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AI4People 2020 Committees’ Kick-off Meetings – European Parliament, Brussels

The AI4People 2020 Committees took place in Brussels, European Parliament on March 11th, 12th and 13th. […]

March 14, 2020
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First ECAI High-Level Group Meeting – European Parliament, Brussels

The First ECAI Meeting On November 7th, 2019, took place at the European Parliament the first ECAI High-Level […]

November 7, 2019
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3rd AI4People’s Forum Meeting 2019 – European Parliament, Brussels

The 3rd AI4People’s Forum Meeting The 3rd Meeting in 2019 was held on November 6th at the […]

November 6, 2019