"Euroabstracts" is published each month by DG XIII of the European Commission. It provides abstracts of Community RTD publications in addition to a review of RTD results, policies and activities. The focus in the May issue was on the recent achievements and future prospects for the ESPRIT programme. A review is provided of the progress of the Community's IT research, as ESPRIT III nears completion and negotiations continue on its replacement. Exploitation of results from the ESPRIT programme is also discussed, with selected case-studies of successful exploitation from ESPRIT III and a review of exploitation proposals for future programmes. The May issue also includes an update on multimedia projects under the IMPACT II programme, entitled "Interactive multimedia: The changing face of learning". In addition to a selection of recent COM documents relating to the IT area, the May edition includes some 40 pages of abstracts of recent Community publications on research, science and technology. These cover a wide range of subjects: chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and technology, energy, life sciences, materials, mathematics, computers and telecommunications, nuclear science and engineering, and physics.