The European Commission gives its support to Atomium for the REIsearch project

On 22 September 2016 Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation met Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, Honorary President and President of Atomium-EISMD giving their support to REIsearch.

REIsearch is an innovative non-profit European platform co-funded by the European Commission to demonstrate how a simple technological tool, coupled to a broad network of leading media, research institutions, researchers, civil society organisations, and citizens, can help policy makers to make better use of all knowledge and experience – wherever it may come from – to make better decisions, based on evidence and experience, for the benefit of society as a whole.

“Innovation and new scientific discoveries are improving people’s lives and making our economy more competitive. Science should be open and freed from its traditional ivory tower; to be discussed, submitted to critique and fed with new perspectives. That’s why I warmly welcome efforts such as the REIsearch initiative to get Europeans engaged in the debate about science and research and inspire fresh ideas about how to solve some of our society’s most pressing problems” commented the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

REIsearch wants to successfully overcome the challenge of connecting the experience of EU citizens and the expertise of EU researchers to support policy makers in taking decisions that will affect society as a whole.

“To win such an ambitious challenge -declared Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini – together with our partners we have opted for a gradual approach, aiming at developing initiatives linked to specific scientific topics starting with those of greatest impact, limiting the platform’s functions to the essential. In the coming years additional functionalities will be available, allowing citizens to directly interact with experienced researchers at both national and European level”.