Founded in July 2016, ESCI is the brainchild of science journalist Elmar Bartlmae and communication strategist Helga Treiber who have worked together for over 15 years. Today they are quite at home in explaining to a European TV audience how nanotechnology is changing the way we live, and they know all about how to engage the general public in Smart City initiatives. Drawing on their combined strengths, Elmar and Helga felt it was time to channel their expertise by setting up an institute wholly dedicated to addressing the challenges of science communication at European level.