EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)
ESOF – EuroScience Open Forum –, a platform created by EuroScience, is the biennial pan-European meeting dedicated to scientific research and innovation. At ESOF meetings leading scientists, young researchers, business people, policy makers, science communicators and the general public from all over Europe discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Learn more about ESOF in this supplement to the European Parliament magazine released on the occasion of ESOF 2012 in Dublin.
EuroScientist is the official publication of EuroScience. Its motto is: “European science conversations by the community, for the community.”
A magazine unique among its kind, EuroScientist is about the interface between science, policy and society, with a European approach on issues such as science policy, ethics, impact of science, as well as issues relating to the science endeavour and individual scientists (work-life balance and career advice). A professional journal, EuroScientist also aims to give a voice to the scientists doing science in practice, giving them a space to share their concerns and alert the decision-makers on issues relevant to the future of society and on the threats to research.
Open letter “They have chosen ignorance!”
Petition for European Researchers
Scientists from different European countries describe in this letter published on October 8, 2015 that, despite marked heterogeneity in the situation of scientific research in their respective countries, there are strong similarities in the destructive policies being followed. This critical analysis, highlighted in Nature and simultaneously published in a number of newspapers across Europe, is a wake-up call to policy makers to correct their course, and to researchers and citizens to defend the essential role of science in society.
Homo scientificus europaeus
Homo scientificus europaeus is a blog related to improving the working and living conditions of scientists in Europe, which is driven by science activist organisations across Europe and managed by EuroScientist. On this blog, readers are free to share opinions and information. If you would like to participate, please send us an e-mail.
It all started from the realisation that we, as European scientists, need to deal with some issues that are common to all European territories. But, until recently, we were not joining forces to solve them. The trouble is that, until now, these issues were discussed at the national level by well-formed researchers’ communities. And not so much in a concerted way across European borders.
It is now time to make communications beyond borders a reality among us. It is also time that we avail of readily available technology to dissect, discuss and analyse the issues that we face to help devise some proposals to policy makers. This blog has a grassroots vocation and calls upon the voices of researchers at all level of the scientific hierarchy regardless of where they live.
Current project: NewHoRRIzon
Horizon 2020 project
May 2017 – April 2021
NewHoRRIzon aims at integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI, an umbrella-term aiming at involving society in science and innovation) into national and international levels. It targets in particular the current research framework programme Horizon 2020 and future multiannual programmes e.g. FP9.
To do so, NewHoRRIzon will create 18 Social Labs that cover all sections of H2020. This cutting-edge methodology provides a socially based, experimental, and systematic approach to solve complex problems. The strength of the approach consists in its ability to bring together different actors, their knowledge, and expertise. The Social Labs will also allow the creation of storylines and narratives to promote RRI.
The project will also conceptualise and operationalise a Societal Readiness Level (SRL) for research and innovation by focusing on socio-economic and socio-technical potentials of RRI and implementation of these aspects. Another NewHoRRIzon’s objective is to form an RRI stakeholder network including research and innovation funding agencies in Europe.
EuroScience is part of the project’s communication and dissemination Work Package (WP9), working more particularly on the production of dissemination materials both in general terms on RRI as well as the project NewHoRRIzon itself. It is also in charge of the development of the project website, social media management and creation of a story pool.
Europe wants to promote not only excellent but also socially desirable science and technology: it is vital to align the objectives of research and innovation processes with the needs and values of the societies that support them. This is the core of the ambitious initiative of the European Commission on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a cross-cutting issue in Horizon 2020, the current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. With this aim in mind, a Responsible Research and Innovation Toolkit has been produced by the EC-funded three-year project RRI Tools (2014-2016). Browse through the tools and upload your own resources here: www.rri-tools.eu.
This ambitious, four year (2011-2014), EU funded Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan (MML) actively encouraged more universities, science institutions and organisations to develop programmes for engagement with children and young people. Our work focused on young people currently unlikely to progress to higher education, and the changes in culture required to develop these at delivery, strategic and governance levels.
The Rammal medal bears the name of a Lebanese researcher, Rammal Rammal (1951-1991), whose career was international and who devoted his life, not only to advancing science, but also to fostering good human relations through the pursuit and exchange of knowledge, especially in the Mediterranean region. Thus, the aim of the Rammal Jury in selecting the recipient of this award is to recognize not only research of the highest quality performed either by a scientist or by a group of scientists working in the region, but also a commitment to make science more accessible or bring its benefits to the population of Mediterranean countries.
In principle, the medal is primarily destined for an individual scientist, but in certain cases, it may also be awarded to a team or an institution which has played a particularly important role. The Jury is very attentive to the ethical and moral dimensions of scientific work, and attaches much importance to the part science can play in relieving social and political tensions in or between countries of the Mediterranean area. Thus, the award is attributed not only for scientific merit, but also for positive actions in a broader social, international or educational context.
European Young Researchers Award (EYRA)
The European Young Researchers Award (EYRA) is granted since 2010 to researchers demonstrating outstanding research performance and leadership. It aims to inspire early stage researchers to incorporate a European dimension and perspective into their research.
The Award is granted each year; in odd years, the prize is dedicated to PhD candidates, and in even years to post-doctoral fellows. The award ceremony is held every two years at ESOF where the two recipients present their work. The Award consists of a Certificate as well as a medal, waiving the participation fee to ESOF, a grant to cover travel and accommodation for the stay in the ESOF city and a two years’ free EuroScience membership.
The research must have a clear European dimension, either because it is embedded in a collaboration of researchers in different European countries or it is a research project in one European country that addresses a research topic of European added value. The research should be of demonstrably excellent quality, serve as an inspiration to others, and reach out to wider audiences.
European Science Writers Award
In order to financially support the EuroScience Association, a foundation named EuroScience Stiftung has been created in 2000, the head office of which is in Hanover. Its goal is the promotion of European sciences and cultures by means of granting awards and funding workshops as well as to raise funds for international scientific cooperation, especially for the benefit of EuroScience. It delivers the European Science Writers Award to editors and writers for their achievements for the promotion of science journalism in Europe since 2001. The senior prize so called “Award for Lifetime Achievements” and the two “Junior” prizes are awarded every two years at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). They consist of a certificate and a small grant.
The capital stock of the EuroScience Foundation amounts to 60000 €. Private donations and profits made out of its capital investment enable the Foundation to meet its objectives. Visit the EuroScience Foundation official website and find out about the past laureates. If you wish to make a donation, please contact the EuroScience office.
SCI-DOC: European Science TV and new media festival
One of the important ways of reaching and inspiring a general public with science and technology is via the audio-visual media – television and the web/new media. The European Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology, EuroScience and the European Public Awareness of Science organisation, EuroPAWS have joined forces to establish an annual European Science TV and New Media Festival and Awards.
These are designed as two events for practical reasons, the festival being three days and the awards being an evening event later in the year. As well as presenting and celebrating the best films/programmes and the winning entries from across Europe, the festival and awards address issues in science and its communication via keynote talks and panel-led discussions involving the unique cross-cultural and cross-professional audiences. The events are also open to a wider public, who have a vote on best production. Find out about the eight prize categories and watch a video of the 2013 awards evening.