ESOF 2018 Toulouse: Nature Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists is open

ESOF 2018 Toulouse: Nature Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists is open

The Nature Travel Grant Scheme in a nutshell

The Nature Travel Grant Scheme offers journalists and members of media organisations from around the world the opportunity to attend ESOF for free. The grant offers complimentary registration as well as help covering travel and accommodation costs.

Created by EuroScience, the biennial ESOF – EuroScience Open Forum – meeting is the largest pan-European general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. At ESOF meetings leading scientists, researchers, journalists, business people, policy makers and the general public from all over the world discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services, including the journal Nature. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. Nature Publishing Group has supported ESOF since its very first meeting in 2004.

Nature Research has supported ESOF since its very first meeting in 2004. Similar to the 2012, 2014 and 2016
editions, Springer Nature is funding the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for journalists to attend
ESOF 2018 with the aim of increasing the impact of ESOF.

The scheme

In addition to free registration, the Nature Travel Grant Scheme offers a lump sum of £400 for journalists based in Europe and £800 for journalists based outside of Europe, to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation to attend ESOF 2018.

Please note that limited university accommodation (rooms and studios) is available for booking, on a first come, first served basis.

Eligibility criteria

All journalists irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, place of residence and media type (paper, radio, TV, web) are welcome to apply. Media accreditation will be required.

Application procedure and documentation

To submit an application sign into the EuroScience Conference and Membership Platform (ESCMP) and click on “Apply for a Grant”. Follow the application procedure.

On submitting the application form for travel grants, you agree to the full acceptance of the rules and to the decision taken by the Selection Committee.

The deadline for submitting an application is Sunday 29 April 2018, 12:00 pm CET.

Selection Committee and decision

The Selection Committee is composed of:

  • Rebecca Walton, Senior Press Manager at Springer Nature
  • Alexandra Foissac, ESOF 2018 Communication & PR Manager
  • Aidan Gilligan, CEO at SciCom & Vice Chair at ESOF 2018 International Media & Marketing Committee

The selection of candidates will be based on:

  1. the applicant’s CV;
  2. motivation statement to be involved in the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for ESOF 2018; and
  3. impact of the proposed publication

with equal weighting.

An email of decision will be sent in Tuesday 29 May 2018 to all candidates stating whether or not their application has been selected.

Payment conditions

The lump sum will be transferred to the grantees after ESOF 2018 subject to:

  • Mandatory participation in the daily briefings organized during ESOF 2018.
  • Publishing of at least one article in any language about ESOF 2018.
  • Provision of a one-page travel report in English.
  • Completion of a feedback questionnaire regarding the scheme.


Find out more about ESOF 2018 conference on ESOF website.

For any further information, please contact Alexandra Foissac at the ESOF 2018 Toulouse Communications office.

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