The Widening membership

On September 7th 2022, in Brussels, Science|Business launched a brand-new media service and event series focused on research and tech policy and investment in central and eastern Europe – the so-called ‘Widening’ zone under the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme. 

The open access news channel, led by CEE-based expert journalist Florin Zubaşcu with the Science|Business team, is an important contribution to Europe’s unity. It will track the region’s R&D growth and challenges – and fill a much-needed space in the media landscape for stakeholders in the east or west trying to connect with research leaders and policymakers involved in the region.  

Beyond the news, Science|Business will connect representatives from industry, governments, research and academia through exclusive events and a virtual community.  

We are now forming a select group of Founding Members, to help us not only support the initiative but also to contribute to its shaping and strategic direction. 

Become a Founding Member: 

We are currently open to applications from leading organisations, ranging from academia, research, government as well as the private sector, to join this first-tier group alongside another 12-15 Founding Members. 

Founding members will meet privately, on a quarterly basis, to set the agenda for The Widening event series.  

Benefits to your organisation include:  

  • Work with us to build and shape the Widening initiative 

  • Publish a sponsor-written article (or video or podcast provided by the member) in 2 issues of The Widening newsletter  

  • 2 seats in all Widening closed-door events (minimum 3 a year) 

  • Senior speaker role at 1 closed-door event 

  • A dedicated 30-minute sponsored session (for which the member picks the topic and speakers) at the Widening annual conference  

  • Logo as a 'Founding Member' on every Widening newsletter and on the dedicated Widening webpage on  

The contribution we ask of each Founding Member, for the first year of The Widening, is EUR 5,000 (+VAT if applicable). This will go up in 2023, but for Founding Members who join by December 2022 and support us from the start, the fee will remain unchanged until 2025. 

*** Note that the membership and the corresponding benefits will become active on January 1st 2023. Join us now, help us shape the Widening initiative and get free visibility until then.  *** 

For more info, you may contact Luca Segantini at [email protected]