EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

ESOF2014, Euroscience Open Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) has been created by EuroScience in 2004. It’s purpose is to offer a platform for interdisciplinary and intersectoral debate about scientific culture, scientific research and innovation, for and with society. ESOF is the largest conference of this kind in Europe.

With average attendance 4,500 scientists of all career stages, leadings thinkers,  policy makers, business executives, entrepreneurs, as well as educators, communicators, journalists, and people interested in science from more than 90 countries ESOF provides an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders of science to exchange and network. In addition to the main conference programme, every ESOF is usually accompanied by a public outreach programme in the form of the Science in the City festival. This festival is intentionally set apart from the conference and takes place in the heart of the host city. It contains science exhibitions, public hands-on workshops and other formats of citizens involvement.

EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

Since its first edition in Stockholm, ESOF has been organised every two years in a different European city as a dynamic moving forum rather than a fixed venue. The goal of that geographic mobility was firstly to represent and celebrate the diversity of the European research landscape and secondly to actively engage and involve the wider public of each host city in the scientific endeavour. Traditionally, the host city of ESOF and the Science in the City Festival becomes the European City of Science for that year. Host cities so far have been Stockholm (2004), Munich (2006), Barcelona (2008), Turin (2010), Dublin (2012), Copenhagen (2014), Manchester (2016), Toulouse (2018) and Trieste (2020).

In 2022 the 10th edition of ESOF will take place in Leiden (Netherlands), the European City of Science 2022 as highlight of 265 events in a true year of science.

Since 2020, ESOF is organised in a hybrid format to allow maximum participation also for participants with financial and other travel constraints and at the same time retain the unique networking opportunities of the conference.