The FRONTIERS project has received 1,5 million from the European Research Council (ERC) to finance stays of scientific journalists, so that they can be trained and learn first hand about innovative research fields.

Today has taken place the kick off meeting of the European project ‘FRONTIERS’, which aims to implement a program of residences for science journalists in institutions that carry out pioneering research throughout Europe. The project received EUR 1.5 million in this first-of-its-kind initiative for science journalism financed by the European Research Council (ERC). The meeting brings together the members of the consortium and the Advisory Council who will work together for two days to start developing the proposal.

The “FRONTIERS” project will be developed between 2023 and 2027 with the aim of promoting journalistic independence and the coverage of research topics at the frontiers of knowledge. Therefore, apart from the residences program, which will finance the stay of forty journalists in European research institutions for a period of 3 to 5 months, it will develop training activities and actions to create networks between fellow journalists and research staff.

‘FRONTIERS’ has the support of an external multidisciplinary Advisory Council that ensures the upholding of ethical principles and good practice in all project actions.

“To participate in this program, journalists will have to submit an application with an idea for a journalistic project. Proposals may involve different genres of journalism, or even book projects, dealing with any subject of frontier research,” explained Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente, director and researcher of the UPF’s Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society (CCS-UPF).

The kick-off meeting, held at UPF’s Campus del Mar on 21 and 22 June, gathers the members of the FRONTIERS consortium from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain), NOVA University in Lisboa (Portugal), the Centre for Ethics in Science and Journalism (Italy) and the PIME Enspire Science (Israel), which is the coordinating organisation. In addition, journalists from media in the mentioned countries that are part of the advisory council also attend the kick-off meeting.

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