SciCom forges partnerships within the governmental and non-governmental sectors between groups interested in sharing pertinent experiences of real-life support to policy-making. We spearhead activities that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide. We build bridges between stakeholders and provide thought leadership to effect lasting change.
Our clients include, amongst others, Chief Scientific Advisers; senior EU scientific officials; representatives of national governments, academies and agencies; prominent business leaders; stakeholders from pan-European scientific organisations and membership groups; science media and senior editors from peer-reviewed journals; and various talking-heads from internationally renowned research facilities.
Our partners include:
- South African Department of Science & Technology (DST): www.dst.gov.za
- Japanese Science & Technology Agency (JST), Center for Science Communication: www.jst.go.jp/csc/
- Hungarian Academy of Science & The World Science Forum: www.sciforum.hu/
In addition to being nominated the Latin American & Caribbean Open Science Forum 2016 (CILAC) International Advisor, SciCom is an elected member of the Euroscience Governing Board 2015 – 2018; Vice Chair of the International Media & Marketing Committee for European City of Science 2016 Manchester (ESOF); International Adviser to the Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST); Co-creator and Adviser to the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA); International Media Partner for The World Science Forum 2015 Budapest & 2017 Jordan; Regional Contributor, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Regional Assessment for Europe; and a Planning Group Member of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA).
See what our clients and partners say about us:
Daan du Toit, Minister Counsellor,Senior Science & Technology Representative to the European Union, South African Department of Science & Technology
“Mr Gilligan is an experienced science communicator and as a partner we have come to value and appreciate his strategic insights with regard to science and technology policy, extensive knowledge of the European research and innovation landscape including his network of personal relations with influential interlocutors and not least the energy and commitment he has displayed to our partnership initiatives”.
Dr. Roland Schenkel, Former Director-General, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
“Mr Aidan Gilligan is amongst a handful of people I have worked with during my career in science whom I would label a consummate professional. He is passionate about communicating science, loyal and above all, responsible and accountable. I would have no hesitation in recommending him or his agency for any assignment in this area”.
Dr. David Budtz Pedersen, Strategic Adviser, Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education
"Aidan Gilligan is well known to the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education as the driving force behind Ireland’s successful campaign to host Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF), the forerunner of ESOF 2014 in Copenhagen. This intricate bid was compiled, pitched and won against considerable international competition, taking the ESOF conference series to new levels of ambition, impact and professionalism” … “The Danish Ministry has appointed Aidan as Vice-Chair of the ESOF 2014 International Media and Marketing Committee”. >
Ruth Francis, Former Head of Press,Nature Publishing Group
“Aidan is equally recognised as a prolific organiser of scientific symposia at global conferences such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Euroscience Open Forum and The World Science Forum. His sessions stand out at the nexus of science and society and often tackle tricky to communicate issues such as nuclear energy, GMOs, clinical trials, harm reduction science etc. More recently, he co-organised with the BBC a well-received debate with The World Federation of Science Journalists titled: Are science journalists doing their job? Aidan has also partnered with our editor-in-chief to bring together in London 25 leading minds from all stages of the policy-making cycle for a consultation event on the topic of climate services. Aidan’s influencing skills were paramount to initiating this event, steering the invitations process and reaching agreement on roles, tasks and outcomes”.
Jean-Luc Dehaene, Former Prime Minister of Belgium, Former President of the Administrative Council, College of Europe
“Rising quickly to the level of Director (Aidan) has readily demonstrated remarkable creativity and managerial capacity in assuring the intrinsic link between reputation building, reputation projection and resources generation … he has been instrumental in developing integrated solutions aimed at business cooperation measures while cultivating a wide range of new partnerships”.