The summer is your oyster

Credit Science and You Thanks to all of you who contributed to make EuroScientist's presence at ESOF 2014 a success. Thanks for your tweets, thanks for liking us and for showing your support through social media. The magazine will be suspending publication during July and August. We hope that this will give you time to reflect and send us some suggestions to editor[at] about what you wish to read about in the magazine from the autumn. Enjoy the summer! And don't forget to be in touch!!!

Ready for third generation of science communicators?

Camps-Cleves_Credit RWU Germany Science is more politicised than ever. And its communication, in an increasingly diverse media environment, has become highly complex, often relying on dozens of experts in a single institution alone. As a result, science communicators need new management qualifications such as governance and controlling, public affairs and crisis management, risk communication and public engagement. It is about time that science communication training programmes catch up with the new science context. This is why, in September 2014, the first students will attend the newly launched undergraduate course in Science Communication at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences (RWU), in Kleve, Germany.

Consolidation in the voice of researchers in Europe to defend working conditions

Verbindungen For the first time, active science researchers to have a unified voice representing them on an EU and international level. Indeed, the two major umbrella researcher representative associations in Europe have just signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), announced on 19th June 2014. It enables both organisations to act together to represent the interests of researchers at European level. Previously, independent efforts of the two associations to represent the interest of researchers were limited and lacked coordination in defending the interests of the entire research community.

Poetry and science – Odele Straub

Photo Credit Thomas Berg Ce jour-là, Face à la chaleur, L’éternité remarqua Dans le miroitement des mirroirs Que son coeur murmurant Etait trou noir Et illusion du temps.   That day, Immersed in heat, Eternity noticed In the shimmering mirrors, That its murmuring heart Was a black hole And an illusion of time.   Odele Straub is an astrophysicist, part-time poet and occasional philosopher. To her language and science are both based on the ability

EuroScientist coverage of ESOF 2014 on Storify

Credit Lucian Rizello Flickr You can now follow all the updates related to the ESOF 2014 conference on our Storify account. This account will be updated throughout the conference with news, photos and news, so that those of you who cannot attend the conference, can still share in the fun. We will let you know about the atmosphere, the gossips, the exciting sessions and parties too. Stay tuned!

ESOF 2014 Special Issue – Print Edition

Cover Noowit Edition What can a conference like this one bring to you? Those among our readers who have a sweet tooth will agree that such events can be compared to the cherry on the cake of academic life. Once every two years, it is time to enjoy a stimulating flow of discussions. Participants are guaranteed to have fruitful encounters with other people from various horizons. They may not be like-minded but, at least, share similar concerns about European science, policy or science communication. This is what ESOF 2014 is about!

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