From 1 April, AlphaGalileo, Europe's Internet press centre for research in science and the arts, moved from the BA to independent operation as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, AlphaGalileo Foundation.
Under its new structure AlphaGalileo continues to provide a service for the European Research Area, bringing the excitement and significance of European researchers to the world's media. Although a UK company, the service continues to work closely with Europe's research community. The AlphaGalileo Supervisory Council, consisting of representatives from across Europe, provides strategic advice and advice on national issues.
The Foundation includes in its governing bodies leading members of the UK's research and media communities.
AlphaGalileo was created by the UK's research councils led by PPARC. On its launch by Lord Sainsbury, the UK Minister for Science in September , the service transferred to the BA. Until AlphaGalileo was funded by the governments of France, Germany and the UK, with additional support by the Wellcome Trust. Since then, the European Commission, in collaboration with research and science promotion bodies in Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, has provided the service's funding.