Project News

  • 05/04/2014 MAITRE project concluded

The EU grant that was awarded to us for developing the MAITRE project has reached an end last April 2014. We would like to thank you all of you who sustained our work and enabled us to reach the success we had. In three years we have been able to involve a total of 643 researchers, thanks to the organisation of 53 training sessions in 27 different countries across Europe.

  • 31/03/2014 MAITRE at the RME 2014 Conference

From 31/03 till 02/04/2014 MAITRE project will be presented at the RME 2014 conference on innovations and breakthroughs in microbiological and chemical analysis of food, feed and water, in The Netherlands. With a stand dedicated to MAITRE seminars and its hands-on sessions in front of a camera, the MAITRE team will address researchers to show them the importance of a correct and successful science communication.

  • 17/03/2014 MAITRE at the Science Centre World Summit 2014

MAITRE project was present with a stand on communicating food science at the Science Centre World Summit 2014. During the Summit researchers, science museum managers and professionals had the opportunity to test their communication skills in front of a camera. The event took place between the 17th and 19th of March in Mechelen, Belgium, and brought together professionals working within the science field to explore together global challenges. Among those challenges, bridging the gap between science and society through communications.

  • 10/03/2014 Last media training for MAITRE project to be in Sofia, Bulgaria

MAITRE brings its last media training for food scientists in the capital of Bulgaria from the 10th to the 11th of March, 2014. This training sessions aim to teach researchers how they can contribute to turn science into a universal language, equipping them with a useful communications skill-set.

  • 6/02/2014 MAITRE seminar is back to Paris
The Media training “Communicating food Science”, organised by the MAITRE project, is at the AgroParisTech, on the 6th of February 2014, Paris (France). The seminar offers coaching on how to deal successfully with the media, and provides hands on exercises with the hints and tips from a senior journalist.
  • 20/09/2013 MAITRE at the IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition

On September 20th MAITRE Project took part in the IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Granada.

MAITRE has organised three sessions to give food researchers hints in order to better deal with the journalists and discover a science media narrative. One of the objectives of the project is to make them more aware of how to reach a new audience and share their scientific results through the media.

MAITRE would like to thank all the researchers who showed interest and participated in the sessions.
For more information about the project and the next seminars, please visit MAITRE website.
  • 01/07/2013 MAITRE to participate at the Alison Douglas Summer School in Germany

On July 17-18, MAITRE will be hosted by the Alison Douglas Summer School to organise a 3-session media training workshop for young researchers involved in food and nutrition area. The event will take place at Frauenwörth, a small island in Bavaria's Chiemsee, Germany.

The first session will coach participants in ways of finding the newsworthy elements of their scientific story. The skills thereby learnt will serve not only to attract journalist’s interest, it will also help trainees to identify the “hooks” of their stories.
On the second session, participants will be equipped with the necessary skills to conceive and draft a good press release and a catchy headline, in order to grab the attention of editors and journalists.
For further information, please visit the Seminar page on MAITRE Website.
  • 20/06/2013 MAITRE media training presented at the 2nd FOODSEG Symposium in Bucharest

MAITRE was presented together with other FP7 European funded projects during the second FOODSEG Symposium held in Bucharest, Romania on the 14th - 15th June 2013.

MAITRE had the opportunity to give a presentation aiming to shortly introduce the project and to update the participants on the project developments, showing how food researchers and scientists can benefit from the media training and why communication of scientific results is important in research activities. A very positive feedback was received from well-known European research centres and instituted specialised in food science.
FOODSEG Symposium gathered 121 experts from different fields along the food chain. The latest outcomes of the activities of the FOODSEG expert groups were presented, including a specific workshop on "mycotoxins".
Together with MAITRE, several EU FP 7 projects in the field of food safety were communicated and promoted. Some of them presented satisfying result of successful identification of research needs and formulation of purposeful new project-ideas within the FOODSEG consortium.
For further information on the FOODSEG Symposium, please visit the FOODSEG Website.
  • 01/04/2013 Making a fresh start: MAITRE in 2013
After three months of intense media activity, MAITRE is still moving around Europe to visit research centres and institutes interested in improving their communication skills. Winter ended with MAITRE having organised 7 media training workshops in UK, Slovenia, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Finland and Lithuania. 
As 2013 springtime begins, new series of MAITRE media seminars are on the go: 
  • Communicating Food Science in Äs, Norway, 9-10 April
  • Communicating Food Science in Cork, Ireland, 15-16 April
  • Communicating Food Science in Florence, Italy, 22-23 April
  • Communicating Food Science in Galati, Romania, 15-16 May
  • Communicating Food Science in Athens, Greece, 22-23 May
  • Communicating Food Science in Paris, France, 27-28 May
  • Communicating Food Science in Stuttgart, Germany, 4-5 June 
Applications to any of the aforementioned seminars can be done via MAITRE´s website.
  • 29/01/2013 MAITRE project at the Track_Fast Open Symposium

On the 29th January 2013 MAITRE project participated in the Track_Fast Open Symposium organised by the project consortium in Brussels, Belgium. The event gathered the project partners and interested stakeholders in the food and drink sector. The main objective was to present the project's activities and to give results around the thematic of training and career requirements of future European food scientists and technologists (FSTs). 

The Symposium was a good chance for MAITRE to exchange views and get in touch with food specialists across Europe.

For more information, please visit the Track_Fast project website

  • 21/09/2012 Public dialogue in science communication: MAITRE project at the 2nd PLACES conference in Tartu, Estonia

MAITRE project will be presented at the 2nd Annual Conference, organised by the PLACES project, that will take place from the 10th to the 12th of October in Tartu, Estonia.

MAITRE will share its experience about the challenges met in supporting researchers to communicate their scientific results during a session entitled “We are not alone: a comparative look at other projects” moderated by the journalist and science communication academic Brian Trench. MAITRE will also be involved in the following creative workshop on the 12th of October with the session “Scientists on the way to improve communication”. During the session, there will be space for participants to discuss, share ideas and focus on the actions to facilitate the dialogue between scientists and the public.

The PLACES Annual Conference is a chance to gather stakeholders from the PLACES project and other participants in order to share views and implementing science communication policies.

Click here to access the full programme of the conference.

  • 14/09/2012 Training researchers to reach the media: MAITRE's interview at the International Conference on Science Communication in Nancy

MAITRE participated at the Journée Hubert Curien in Nancy, giving a presentation to show examples of good collaboration between researchers and journalists and at exploring effective results achieved through the implementation of such trainings. The session attracted several participants coming from different countries, who showed interest and were actively involved in the final discussion to share views and ask questions about the project.

During the three-day event, the science communication professional bogger for Science in Europe, Gilles Grenot, took an interview, in which more details about the project's activities have been presented.

To access the full interview, click here.

  • 30/08/2012 MAITRE will be presented at the International Conference on Science Communication in Nancy

MAITRE project will participate in the International Conference on Science Communication, which will take place the 4 - 7 September in Nancy, France and will be presented at the workshop session entitled "International media training for food researchers and nutrition scientists" within the theme "Training researchers for science communication" on the 5th of September.

The presentation will aim at showing examples of good collaboration between researchers and journalists and at exploring effective results achieved through the implementation of such trainings. One major output of the project that will be presented is the interactive website that allows the exchange of knowledge in an innovative and useful way and act as a networking opportunity between researchers and journalists. MAITRE project will also be the occasion to talk about new online forms of communication and innovative networking opportunity.

Following Nancy (2005), Liège (2008) and Luxembourg (2010), the CSTI International Conference returns to Nancy with the 2012 edition, exploring new aspects of science communication. This 4th edition will be particularly centred on the links between science communication and the world of research (universities and research organisations). Discussion will cover several dimensions such as public policies, aims, issues, modalities, actors and so on.

For more information, please visit the event website

Click here to download the pdf including conference’s details, agenda and speakers’ list

  • 25/06/2012 MAITRE is moving on with brand new media trainings

Summer begins with MAITRE visiting the Department of Food Science (DISA) of the University of Bologna, in the Italian city of Cesena. September and October are to follow with more media training in Romania, France and Portugal. After the past successful experiences, MAITRE is to continue empowering food researchers with the necessary tools to better interact with the media.

MAITRE welcomes nutrition and food researchers to:

Applications can be done via the MAITRE website

  • 23/06/2012 MAITRE project at the 1st FOODSEG Symposium in Berlin

MAITRE was presented together with other FP7 European funded project during the first FOODSEG Symposium on the 21st - 22nd June 2012 in Berlin. After giving an overview of the FOODSEG's activities, during the second day's session the speakers presented their successful experiences in the area of food safety and quality. MAITRE had the opportunity to give a presentation aiming to introduce its media trainings and to show how food researchers and scientists can benefit from the seminars. MAITRE intends to support food researchers and nutritionists to communicate food science and their research results. A very positive feedback was received from well-known European research centres and instituted specialised in food science.

The 1st FOODSEG Symposium focused on the presentation of scientific results from successful EU projects and showed the current regulatory efforts in Europe to secure Food Quality and Safety. The symposium offered a discussion platform to the participants on the interdisciplinary sciences of food labelling & traceability, food additives, Food safety & food quality and other food related aspects.

To download the speakers' presentations, please click here
To visit the photogallery of the two-day event, please click here

  • 01/06/2012 MAITRE's media trainings: from Romania to Iceland

Freshly arrived from the Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D Institute - MATÍS in Reykjavík, spring time comes to an end with MAITRE having traveled to several food research organisations across Europe. From the valleys of Iceland to the southern taste of the National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition in Italy, stopping in the Turkish TUBITAK-MAM Marmara Centre, the Polish Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research  and the  National Institute of Research & Development for Food Bioresources in Romania. More than 60 scientists specialised in food research have successfully tasted the flavor of MAITRE's seminars, thus becoming more prepared to master future interactions with the media.

Pictures from the MAITRE's media training at the IBA in Bucharest, Romania:


  • 20/02/12 MAITRE seminar in Bari: Bringing Science and Media Together

MAITRE project has successfully ended its two-days training seminar at ISPA located in Bari, Italy.
The ISPA CNR Institute of Food and Safe Production hosted MAITRE media training seminar “Bringing media and science together” the 13th – 14th February 2012 in its premises. High-level Institute in developing and implementing research projects to improve the quality and safety of agro-food production, ISPA gathered a target group of selected food researchers and nutrition scientists. During the seminar senior journalists and media experts trained researchers how to improve their communication ability to convey the importance of their research to the general public.


  • 27/01/12 MAITRE project: three new training seminars in February/March 2012

MAITRE has planned three training seminars between February and March 2012 in three different countries: Italy, Turkey and Poland. After Croatia, Estonia, Spain and Portugal, MAITRE (Media Training for Food and Nutrition Scientists) starts the new series of seminars in Italy. ISPA, the Institute of Food and Safe Production, hosts the first training of the year 2012, aiming at reducing the distance between media and science.
Thanks to professional journalistic content, MAITRE seminars continue to foster debate, discussion and dialogue between the participating researchers and the journalists hosting the them.

Registration is already open: to apply, submit the online application available on MAITRE's website.

  • 01/12/11 MAITRE is moving on to the Iberian Peninsula

MAITRE has scheduled new training seminars for December 2011. After having travelled to the Estonian capital of Tallin last October to join in the FLAVOURE conference "Food/Feed Quality, Safety and Risks in Agriculture", MAITRE moves on to Spain and Portugal. Check MAITRE website in the "Seminar section" and keep updated on the next seminars.

  • 25/11/11 MAITRE at the Conference on Science Communication

MAITRE project will be presented during the 10th National Conference on Science Communication held in Trieste, Italy, on the 24th – 25th November 2011 and organised by ICS group (Innovation in the Communication of Science, Trieste), in collaboration with IDIS Foundation, Naples, Italy.

MAITRE will be introduced during the session focused on “Radio, Media and Trainings”. Its achievements and activities will be discussed with the MAITRE project manager from Minerva Consulting & Communication.

The Conference focuses on the main aspects of science and communication and every year researchers and journalists gather to converse around new forms of collaboration and future needs to support science to be better communicated. The 3 days conference will tackle several topics, from health to environment, and will analyse different experiences in communicating science and research results.

Visit the conference website for more info on the event.

Download here the programme of the conference.


  • 24/11/11 MAITRE project at the Final Conference of FLABEL project (Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life)

MAITRE is to participate in the FLABEL project (Food Labelling to Advanced Better Education for Life) final conference in Brussels, on the 24th of November 2011. The FLABEL consortium is comprised of 13 partners from 8 countries and has provided key insights into the role that nutrition information on food labels plays. Since 2008, FLABEL has researched the effect that nutritional information on food labels has on consumers' food choices and how these results differ between consumer groups. The final results from the project state that, despite good understanding and presence of nutrition information on food label in Europe, a lack of motivation and attention of consumers prevents labels from having a positive impact on food choices.

Visit the FLABEL project website for more information.


  • 23/09/11 MAITRE project at 2nd Open Seminar of "Focus-Balkan" on consumer food science in WBC

MAITRE participates at the 2nd Open Seminar of Fokus-Balkans on food science taking place the 23rd of September in Brussels.

Focus-Balkans is a small collaborative project funded by FP7, whose objective is to improve competencies and understanding in the field of consumer food science in the Western Balkan countries (WBC). During the seminar results and key-findings on traditional food and organic products consumption in the WBC are presented and discussed by specialists.

According to MAITRE’s objectives, the participation to this seminar is an opportunity to disseminate the projects’ results and strengthen networks on food science and research.

Visit the Seminar website for further information

  • 20/09/2011 MAITRE promoted at What’s for Lunch? Interactive Conference on a decade of EU-funded research into food integrity

MAITRE takes part in “What’s for Lunch?” Conference, held on the 20th September in Brussels. The event is focused upon parliamentary decision makers and it is organised by the coordinators of 8-10 major European research projects which include some of the world's largest food safety research projects in the areas of microbiology, chemistry and food production technologies.

The main topic concerns food integrity and food production traceability and security, which requires implementation of new information systems.

MAITRE’s participation is crucial to reach target group to disseminate the project goals and activities, and gather new audience for food science-media relation issues.

Have a look at the official website to gather more information


© MAITRE 2011-2012MAITRE is a project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme and it will run until March 2014.