Announcement n. 1

Dear Science Communicators, dear colleagues,

Seven of Europeans leading Research Organizations* are pleased to announce their latest joint outreach programme,

Sci-tech couldn't be without it !

Launched last March and due to culminate during the European Science and Technology Week, from Nov. 4 to Nov. 10, 2002.

Its main aim is to explain Europeans, and in particular the young generations, how technology could not exist without science, to show them the links between fundamental research and daily life and to point to the fascinating opportunities that lie ahead in the world of research. More information about the project and the June Newsletter follow below.

We would be very glad if you could help us spread information about the project by linking up the project's website from your own websites, publishing information about it from your publications or newsletters or asking us to send you printed information (posters, brochures etc.) to distribute to members of the public you might be in contact with (send your requests to the Executive Coordinator, address below, or reply to this mail). If you wish to stay tuned with the development of the project, do subscribe to the Sci-Tech newsletter from the website!

Thank you for your interest and assistance in this endeavour.

On behalf of the Sci-Tech team
Monica de Pasquale
Sci-Tech executive coordinator

(*) CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, ESA, the European Space Agency, ESO, the European Southern Observatory, EMBL, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EFDA, the European Fusion Development Agreement, ESRF, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and ILL, Institut Laue-Langevin. These organizations have recently teamed up to form EIROFORUM, whose Working Group on Outreach and Education is working with the European Union to provide a bridge between the organisations, the European Union and the citizens of Europe. The activities of the Working Group also contribute to the creation of the European Research Area.


Could you imagine life without mobile phones, cars, CD players, TV, refrigerators, computers, the Internet and the World Wide Web, antibiotics, vitamins, anaesthetics, vaccination, heating, nappies, nylon stockings, glue, bar codes, metal detectors, contact lenses, modems, laser printers, digital cameras, videogames, play stations?

Technology is everywhere and used by everyone in today's society, but how many Europeans suspect that without studies on the structure of the atom, lasers would not exist, and neither would CD players? Most do not realise that most things they couldn't be without have required years of fundamental research.

To fill in this knowledge gap, the leading Research Organizations(*) in Europe, with the support of the research directorate of the European Commission, have joined forces to inform Europeans how technology couldn't be without science, and how science can no longer progress without technology. The project is called Sci-Tech - Couldn't be without it! Sci-Tech - Couldn't be without it! invites all Europeans to vote online in a survey to identify the top ten technologies they can't live without. It shows them through a dynamic and entertaining Web space where these top technologies really come from, and it reveals their intimate links with research.

Teaching kits are being developed to explain to students how their favourite gadgets actually work, and how a career in science can contribute to inventions that future generations couldn't be without. The results of the survey will be presented as a series of quiz shows live on the Internet during the Science Week, from 4 to 10 November.

See also the SCI-TECH E-NEWS JUNE 2002 to subscribers

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