INTERNSHIP IN IMPACT OF ONLINE MEDIA PRESENCE IN EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IMPLEMENTATION (M/F)
Your work environment
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.
You will be part of the LIST Environmental Research and Innovation department
The Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department, made up of 200 life science, environmental science and information technology researchers and engineers, provides the interdisciplinary knowledge, expertise and technologies to lead solutions including the major environmental challenges facing society, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.
The department relies on two cutting-edge platforms, the Biotechnologies and Environmental Analytics Platform and the Observatory for the Climate and the Environment, and the GreenTech Innovation Centre (GTIC): a one-stop-shop for the complete development of bio-based products and processes.
The selected candidate will join ERIN’s Environmental Policies group (EPS), a research group of the Sustainability Assessment and Circularity (SUSTAIN) research unit. The EPS group aims to contribute to a better control of environmental risks and the development towards a tox-free, circular and sustainable society via science based support to the definition, implementation and evaluation of environmental policies at national and EU level and regulatory support for RDI at the interface of science, technologies and policies.
What you will be doing
The European Chemicals Regulation, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) aims to protect human health and the environment. Article 33 REACH stipulates that suppliers of articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHC) in a concentration above 0.1% (w/w) must provide this information to their customers, as well as information to allow the safe use of the article. It also determines the consumer’s right to request and obtain this information from a supplier (“Right to Know”).
LIST’s Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) and IT for Innovative Services (ITIS) departments are partners in the EU LIFE project AskREACH around Article 33 REACH. The project aims to raise consumer and supplier awareness on SVHCs in articles. During the project, a database populated with information on SVHC in articles by article suppliers has been developed. The database is connected to a smartphone application (Scan4Chem), which consumers can use to obtain information on SVHC in articles.
Digital tools are widely used in today’s society and digitalisation has equally taken a growing role in the implementation and monitoring of various policies set by the European regulators. In the context of the AskREACH project, a social media strategy for the awareness raising of the consumer’s “Right to Know” has been elaborated and implemented in all project partner Member States (13 countries). With an online monitoring tool, LIST is monitoring the implementation of the social media strategy European wide. The aim of the monitoring is to find possible correlations between the use of the IT tools elaborated in the AskREACH project and destined for the European stakeholders (consumers and article suppliers) and the awareness raising activities conducted in the framework of the project. As a result, the effectiveness of online campaigning in the context of European policy implementation can better be evaluated and applied also to other policy related projects.
The trainee will review general information on policy dissemination and metrics for monitoring awareness raising activities (scientific publications, reports, tools, etc.) and learn to analyse as a case study the data gathered via the AskREACH IT tools and the online monitoring tool. The trainee will gain experience on reporting on the conducted literature search, monitoring methodology used and the resulted data analysis and on deriving general best practise and recommendations. The results will be summarized in a final report (optionally as Master thesis). The trainee can also contribute to the dissemination of the results.
In addition, the trainee will learn about online media campaigning and its broader effects on the activities of the involved stakeholders in the context of a European policy implementation.
Which profile we are looking for
- Master student
- Science or engineering, knowledge on data analysis and/or social media marketing is considered an asset
- English is mandatory
- French or German is considered an asset
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