ReLaTe (REsearch LAbs for TEaching Journalists) is funded by the European Union, and its main goal is to strengthen the relationship between scientists and journalists to improve the dissemination of scientific topics to the general public. This initiative gives journalism students the chance to enter research laboratories spending one week side by side with scientists, and it promotes a stable dialogue between the two fields. The initiative, which started in November 2009, has already involved about 20 laboratories and 50 journalists from all over Europe.

The European project FRISBEE (Food refrigeration Innovation for Food Cold Chain) coordinated by Cemagref in Antony, France, hosted two journalists from November 22th until the 26th: Laura Pardo, from Spain, and Ines Jokoš from Croatia. Laura Pardo has a degree in journalism, and has worked as a graphic designer, scriptwriter and camerawoman. Ines Jokoš has a degree in journalism, and has worked as a journalist in a tv program and has been also involved as a researcher in several projects lead by the University of Zagreb. During the training, students had the opportunity to work as real journalists, interviewing researchers and getting to know their work, to produce communication materials ready to be distributed to media outlets.

ReLaTe project is managed by Minerva, a communication agency in Brussels and sees the involvement of several other European organisations such as the EJC (European Journalism Centre) in Netherlands; ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development); TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey); and EPFL (L’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland.

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