It is important to communicate EU food and health research to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), authorities, and other policy-makers that are stakeholders in Community research, European Commission officials, science journalists, especially those with special interest in the biosciences, ongoing FP6 consortia, newly FP6 research consortia, planned FP7 research consortia and other groups interested in the management of science-society issues and/or communication of the biosciences. However, it should be emphasised that it is not only important to communicate to these stakeholders, but also to communicate with them.
Communication managers have a vital role in the EU research consortia. They need multi-skills and have to work according to current best practices. This is all of utmost importance because good communication of their projects results leads to greater understanding of science by stakeholders and the general public.