EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

Call for bids to host ESOF 2020 – Deadline extended!

EuroScience invites cities, countries, regions or local, regional or national consortia to submit bids to host ESOF 2020.

EuroScience established the EUROSCIENCE OPEN FORUM meetings in 2004. They are the only pan-European meeting place for scientists, business, media, politicians and the public to debate issues of science, technology, society and policy.

The first successful ESOF meeting took place in Stockholm in August 2004. Since then, there have been five further successful meetings, in Munich in July 2006, in Barcelona in July 2008, in Torino in July 2010, in Dublin in July 2012 and in Copenhagen in June 2014. The 2016 edition of ESOF will be held in Manchester and ESOF 2018 will be in Toulouse.

ESOF is now established as a major brand and offers the host city an enormous opportunity to attract top-level scientists, politicians, business people and media representatives. Host cities are given the coveted title of ‘European city of Science’ and with this comes a raised profile on the European scientific platform. The event attracts very wide media coverage and benefit from the economic injection of thousands of participants often joined by their families. It is not just another conference, but a comprehensive city event through the Science in the City programme and the very active and visible commitment and support from local, regional and national scientific and business communities and authorities.

In order to raise participation of scientists from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in ESOF, it should be noted that if a CEE country submits a solid, well-substantiated and realistic bid, and after careful evaluation by the ESOF Supervisory Committee, this country would be the preferred host for ESOF 2020. If you would like to know how this affects your application, please contact the EuroScience office at
The office is happy to discuss this and other modalities.

Bids must be received no later than March 1st 2017, 17.00 hours Central European Time, at the EuroScience office in Strasbourg. Applicants must also submit bids electronically to Brochures and other supporting publicity material must be sent as paper copies only (max. 15 copies). A final decision on where to host ESOF 2020 will be taken in May 2017.

Application and selection procedure:

1. First phase:

All interested cities are asked to prepare a preliminary ‘light’ proposal by March 1st 2017, 17.00 hours Central European Time, focusing on:

  • Practical information why the city would meet the logistical requirements and the basic conditions (city of science and business) mentioned under item “3. Bid requirements” (in the attached document);
  • The way in which a sound financial basis will be sought; identifying key sources of income
  • What proposals will be likely for a sound organization;
  • In which direction thoughts go to identify a Champion as this is an essential person to push the bid through.

2. Second phase:

During the second half of January 2017, the Supervisory Committee will carefully evaluate all proposals. The Supervisory Committee will then publish a short list of two, max. three bids deemed interesting to host ESOF2020. Those shortlisted bids will be asked to submit a full proposal in April 2017. This full proposal should contain further and more detailed information on key issues, such as the business plan; i.e. confirming expected sources of income as well as confirming local, regional and national support from academia, business and public authorities. Shortlisted cities will be asked to present their bids before the ESOF Supervisory Committee during the second half of April 2017. The ESOF Supervisory Committee may decide to visit shortlisted cities. The winner of the call for ESOF2020 will be announced in June 2017.

Please carefully read the necessary information regarding bid requirements, application and selection procedure, which can be found here.