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Jun 18 – 19, 2015
Garching (near Munich), Germany
Europe/Berlin timezone

Workshop on

Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures

- Expectations - Experiences - Examples -


*** NEW ***

  • Report on main outcomes of the worshop here (PDF).
  • Presentations: to download the PDF click on the respective session on Timetable.
  • Pictures of the event available here.
  • We're now organising PARI 2017. Have a look at http://www.frm2.tum.de/PARI-2017/



This is the 8th of a series of workshops and seminars organised by the ERF-AISBL, the European Association of National Research Facilities. For a list of previous events please click here.

Scope of the workshop



A common task at research infrastructures is to present to their funding bodies as well to the national scientific organisation the research they conduct with their considerable budget. A similar expectation on public relations (PR) and dissemination concerns large EU funded projects as I3s or bigger consortia. Even though a consensus exists, that good communication is a fundamental part of innovation, the expectations from the funding bodies with regards to science communication activities are unclear, and a well-defined work programme is often missing.


The aim of the workshop is to bring together representatives of funding agencies (European and national) with facility and project managers to discuss what should be expected from scientific dissemination activities. Furthermore it should be a forum for PR and information officers to share experience of their work and gain insights into the expectations of funding bodies as well as from the general public.

Who should attend?


  • Representatives of funding agencies (European and national organisations) and managers of research infrastructures, research organisations, EU projects, and consortia to express their expectations on science communication activities.
  • Press officers and information managers of research infrastructures and research projects to share their experience on the cross-cutting area between meeting expectations on the impact of PR activities and the difficulties to raise European public awareness of science.
  • Experts from academia dealing with the topics of communication and public understanding of science.
  • Journalists involved in science policy and dissemination.



European Southern Observatory
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2
85748 Garching

Registration fee
150€ (including access to workshop and social dinner in Munich's city centre)



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Garching (near Munich), Germany
European Southern Observatory
85748 Garching Germany