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 journalists and 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.

ESOF 2018 was organised in Toulouse, France and a hybrid ESOF 2020 was held in Trieste, Italy. ESOF 2022 will take place in Leiden, Netherlands.

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EuroScientist is the official publication of EuroScience. Its motto is: “European science conversations by the community, for the community.”

EuroScientist is a webzine that creates an  interface between science 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). EuroScientist also aims to give a voice to science professionals from the public and private sectors, give 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.

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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.

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Homo scientificus europaeus

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.

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EU Project NewHoRRIzon

Horizon 2020 project
May 2017 – April 2021

NewHoRRIzon aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI, an umbrella-term that describes the approach of involving society in science, research and innovation) inthe research and innovation systems on national and international levels.

NewHoRRIzon supports 19 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 develop storylines and narratives to promote RRI.

The project also conceptualises and operationalises the concept of Societal Readiness Levels (SRL) for research and innovation by focusing on socio-economic and socio-technical potentials of RRI and implementation of these aspects. Another objective is to form an RRI Network including national research and innovation funding agencies in Europe.

EuroScience is part of the project’s Communication Work Package (WP9), working on the production of dissemination materials both in general terms on RRI as well as on the project itself. It is also in charge of the development of the project website, social media management and creation of a story pool.

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Terminated projects

EuroScience participated in RRI Tools, SiS Catalyst and other European projects. The association was also involved in the movement Sauvons La Recherche.

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:

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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.

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Rammal Award

The Rammal Medal bears the name of a Lebanese researcher, Rammal Rammal (1951-1991), who devoted his life, not only to advancing science, but to fostering international human relations through the pursuit and exchange of knowledge, especially in the Mediterranean region. The Rammal Jury selects the recipient of this award in recognition of research of the highest quality and of a strong commitment to make science more accessible or bring its benefits to the population of Mediterranean countries.

The award 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 Rammal Jury is very attentive to the ethical and moral dimensions of the scientific work and attaches much importance to the impact the work has in relieving social and political tensions in or between countries of the Mediterranean area.

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European Young Researchers Award

Since 2010, the European Young Researchers Award (EYRA) is granted to researchers demonstrating outstanding research performance and leadership. It aims to inspire early stage researchers to incorporate a European dimension and perspective to their research.

The award is granted every two years to PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows. The award ceremony is held at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), where the two recipients present their research. The award consists of a certificate and a medal. It also includes waiving the ESOF participation fee, 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.

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European Science Writers Award

The  was created in 2000, with an office in Hanover, to financially support EuroScience. Its goal was 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.  From 2001 to 2016 it delivered the European Science Writers Award (ESWA) to editors and writers for their achievements for the promotion of science journalism in Europe. The senior prize or “Award for Lifetime Achievements” and two “ junior” prizes were awarded every two years at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF).

In 2020 the European Science Writers Award was organised jointly by EuroScience, the ESOF2020 organising team and the World Federation of Science Journalists with financial support of the European Commission. The award consisted of a certificate and a small grant. The hand-over ceremony took place at ESOF2020 in Trieste, Italy.

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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 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.

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