University of Malta
The University of Malta (UoM) succeeded the Collegium Melitensis (1592) by decree of Grand Master Manoel Pinto de Fonseca in 1769. It is Malta’s highest teaching and leading scientific research institution, employing the largest number of researchers. There are over 10,000 students, which include 750 foreign/exchange students from nearly 80 different countries, all following full or part-time degree and diploma courses. The University has been involved as coordinator and partner in numerous EU-funded projects under various Programmes including FP5/6/7, Lifelong Learning Programme, Culture 2000, Tempus and various other international and regional programmes and initiatives. Since 2008, the University has attracted over €44 million from ERDF and ESF funding. This investment is a critical step towards Malta achieving its Europe 2020 goals. The University is also represented in a number of European and international University networks and groups. It is very eager to promote these achievements and associated researchers.
European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA)
Founded in 1971 in France by seven national associations of science journalists, EUSJA now represents more than 2,500 science journalists from 23 national associations in 20 countries. Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 there was an upsurge of interest from Eastern European countries, all of which now play an active role in EUSJA’s activities. Member countries are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. The main goals of EUSJA are truly barrier-breaking by aiming to improve communication between the international scientific community and society and to promote contacts between journalists in the field of scientific and technical communication. The national associations, in co-operation with EUSJA, regularly organise international study trips and workshops (debates) in their countries for science journalists. An electronic mailing list only open to science writers who are members of a national association within EUSJA ensures an instant cross flow of ideas, stories and contacts.
Haaga-Helia is one of the biggest Universities of Applied Science in southern Finland. Through education, research and development, Haaga-Helia prepares professionals in business and services offering students a versatile choice of studies, opportunities for specialization, high quality education in Finnish, Swedish and English, and a wide business networks during the studies. The 10,000 students and 600 employees at Haaga-Helia base their activities on highly advanced national and international expertise. The fields of education are business, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, information and communication technology (ICT), journalism, modern languages and management assistant training, sports management and VET teacher education for undergraduate programmes. The mission of Haaga-Helia is to educate experts with customer service, strong sales and entrepreneurial skills. Haaga-Helia has a wide experience in international project development, especially in LLP projects.
Rhine-Waal is a public university with a comparatively international profile. More than 80% of the students in our partner faculty are from abroad. The university offers Europe’s only full-fledged undergraduate degree programme for Science Communication, by which it can contribute ready-made teaching materials and didactic experience for the entire spectrum of science communication relevant to the STEAM Summer School. In addition to what most other institutions offer as Master’s programmes, we do not focus as much on the journalistic or marketing side but require our students to excel also in areas such as communication controlling and crisis management, public affairs and social science research methods.
Founded in 2008, Science View promotes science communication activities to help bridge the gap between the scientific community and the wider public in Greece as well as in Europe. The organization’s activities include planning, delivery, and media coverage of science popularization events, such as conferences, info days, science cafes, and workshops for researchers, teachers, and students. The team specialises in designing and developing e-learning courses and in delivering online seminars via its own training web platform. Science View produces videos and interactive documentaries on scientific research. Being a member of the European Union of Science Journalists’ Association (EUSJA) and the European Science Events Association (EUSEA), Science View partners with large EU projects and aims at expanding events and activities organized in Greece to the whole of Europe. Moreover, it aims at connecting science journalists and science communicators all over Europe with each other to foster pan-European dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is a Higher Education Institute in the UK. The University of Edinburgh is ranked 17th in the world by the 2013–14 and 2014–15 QS World University Rankings, employs around 12,000 staff and supports around 30,000 students per annum. It is a research intensive university in addition to its delivery of high quality teaching. It has considerable expertise in scientific research, teaching and public engagement. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the City of Edinburgh and has Memoranda of Understanding with many of the leading, cultural organisations within the city. The university submits research outputs and is ranked by the UK wide ‘Research Excellence Framework’ in which the University of Edinburgh was ranked fourth in the UK in 2014 and is subject to external quality assurance processes for teaching. It is a member of the League of European Research Universities.
The European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA), is a legal autonomous Agency established through the legal notice 128 of 2007. The Agency was formerly a unit within the Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment set up on the 4 May 2000. The aim of the EUPA has always been to support Maltese individuals and entities in availing themselves of funding under the various educational programmes provided by the European Commission. Yet the aim of the Agency is deeper than simply a financial contribution or sponsorship through which projects may be realised. During 2007 and 2013 the EUPA was responsible for the management of the decentralised action of former generations of EU programmes for education including the Youth in Action and Lifelong learning programmes.
The Agency acts as a link between the European Commission and project promoters both at national as well as the local level and promotes as well as manages EU projects of an educational nature, content or objective. The EUPA engages itself in initiatives that are consonant with the educational policies and strategies of the Ministry responsible for education.
The new Erasmus+ programme aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020. Erasmus + provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. The programme gives opportunities to students, trainees, staff and volunteers to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices in the fields of education, training and youth. Erasmus+ also includes a strong international dimension (i.e. cooperation with Partner Countries) notably in the field of higher education, which opens the programme to institutional cooperation and mobility of young people and staff worldwide. The new Sport action will support grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.