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TITLE Guidelines for scientists on communicating with the media   GUIDELINE BOOKLET F5.pdf (519.8 KB)
Document ID LIB493
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 06/11/2006
Document reference MESSENGER (fp6-SAS-019590) SCIENTISTS
Original language of the document English
Document produced by Social Issues Research Centre organisation visiting card
Document financed by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by - Sinapse System Administrator
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Communication
  • Health
  • Science and Research


Short description  These guidelines for scientists on communicating with the media have been developed as part of the EU-funded MESSENGER project after extensive consultation with key stakeholders and actors across the European Community. They have included members of science, technology and health research institutions and departments; representatives of national and EU government agencies; journalists, broadcasters and media specialists; representatives of civil society groups and organisations. The full report, which summarises the key points arising from these consultations, is available from

Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  There has been complete consensus among those consulted regarding the desirability of guidelines for scientists on communicating research and scientific advice through the popular media. Many contributors to the MESSENGER programme have insisted that such guidelines are now essential if the European Commission’s aim to encourage effective engagement and dialogue on science and research is to be re ...

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