EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in a nutshell

ESOF, the largest biennial general science meeting in Europe

ESOF is unique in that it is both international and multidisciplinary. ESOF takes place every two years, in a major European city (Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona, Torino, Dublin…) and presents breakthroughs in disciplines as varied as mathematics, music, geography, genetics etc. through a range of different formats including lectures, workshops, lunches etc..

ESOF therefore presents and discusses the frontiers of scientific and technological research in Europe, contributes to the development of a European Scientific Identity together with bridging the gap between science and society and stimulates policies to support scientific research.


ESOF pursues four aims:

  • Present cutting-edge scientific and technological developments in all scientific areas from natural sciences to the social sciences and the humanities
  • Stimulate the European public’s engagement with science and technology
  • Foster a European dialogue on science and technology, society and policy by offering a platform for cross-disciplinary interaction and communication between the public, politicians, policy makers, industry, the media and scientists
  • Provide a valuable resource, including careers advice, for young scientists


Unlike other scientific conferences, ESOF’s Scientific Programme is multidisciplinary and is complemented by three other programmes. These are the Career Programme which is geared specifically towards young European researchers, the Science to Business Programme which addresses in particular business people and potential entrepreneurs and the Science in the City Programme which hosts events within the city in order to bring scientific culture to the general public.

Furthermore, ESOF targets the media in all its forms thanks to a specific agenda dedicated to discussion on science communication and also expands its outreach through its exhibition which is a display case for scientific and technological research in Europe and its social and satellite events which are activities and conferences held in the host city.

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