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.
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.