Looking back at ESOF 2012

ESOF 2012 has been one of the most successful to date

EuroScience has just completed a very successful ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) conference held in Dublin on 11th-15th July 2012, which in the eyes of participants, including key European figures such as EC Commissioner Mary Geoghan-Quinn and Chief Scientific Advisor to EC President Barroso, prof Anne Glover, has clearly established itself as the European meeting for scientists, politicians, media representatives, and other stakeholders (including the general public) in science across disciplines who enjoy to discuss science, science policy, and science and society issues.

EuroScience was present in many ways at ESOF 2012. EuroScience was to be found at the EuroScience stand in the exhibition hall where everyone had the possibility to meet the EuroScience and ESOF Hub team in person. EuroScience was also organiser of various sessions and welcoming receptions, and some of you might have apperceived them at several sessions as speakers.

EuroScience held also its General Assembly at ESOF2012 on Saturday 14th July. Professor Enric Banda, at that time EuroScience president handed over his presidency to Professor Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen

and the new Governing Board (2012-2014) was also approved. EuroScience also welcomed special guests Prof Anne Glover, the Chief Scientific Advisor to EC President Barroso and Professor Chris Llewellyn-Smith, Chair of the Board of the SESAME Project in Jordan.

A number of prizes and certificates were awarded during ESOF2012.

Prof. Chris Llewellyn-Smith, Chair of the Board of SESAME and former Director General of CERN, accepted the Rammal Medal and presented SESAME (“SYNCHROTRON-LIGHT FOR EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST”) as a special guest at the 2012 EuroScience General Assembly in Dublin.

The medal is awarded each year to an outstanding personality/organisation of strong scientific stature from one of the Mediterranean countries, promoting peace, international cooperation and development in this part of the world.

European Young Researchers’ Award (EYRA) for 2011 was handed over to Dr. Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk for her outstanding contributions during her PhD work in Nanosciences demonstrated by an impressive number of publications including numerous collaboration with other European scientists.

EYRA for 2012 was given to Dr. Davide Scaramuzza for his outstanding contributions during and after his PhD work on Computer Vision and Robotics demonstrated in numerous and highly cited articles and book chapters. The European dimension of his work and his leadership is demonstrated by the leading role in the successful application for the EU project sFly.

EuroScience Science Writer Award
Tiit Kändler has been awarded prize for the senior laureate. Karine Nazaretyan and Robert Gast have been awarded prize for the junior laureates.

The EuroScience Foundation ties up to this by focusing science journalism and the communication of research results to a wider public. Since 2001 it gives a 3000 Euros endowed European Science Writers Award to editors and writers for their achievements and for the promotion of science journalism in Europe.

EuroScience sessions

Three Top down sessions

  • “Time to simplify the representation of European research”
  • “Boosting Frontier Research in Europe”
  • “South Eastern Europe Facing the Knowledge Society”

Two regular sessions in the scientific programme:

  • “Research Integrity: Developing codes of conduct for researchers”
  • “Is collaboration with Russia vitally important for Europe?”.

Two regular sessions in the career programme:

  • “Debate on Publishing and Open Access”
  • “Opportunities and challenges for the next generation of European scholars”

And sessions dedicated to Young Researchers
The last day of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in Dublin EuroScience presented the preliminary results of its survey exploring the working conditions and career development of young researchers. The aim: to fill in gaps in comparable data across European countries to better identify the career needs of young researchers and help improve their situations.

EuroScience actively supported Young Researchers to attend ESOF2012

EuroScience organised a special Get-Together session for all young researchers who have received a grant to participate in ESOF2012 to not only meet their peers but also meet and thank in person the representatives of funding agencies whom they have been awarded the grant from.

A number of organisations, including the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland, the Swedish Research Council (VR), le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), in cooperation with EuroScience offered travel grants through open calls to help young researchers who wished to attend ESOF2012.

A short video from the session – Essential Networking Tips for More Success by Eamonn O’Brien

EuroScience organised other major events associated to ESOF2012

As part of the ESOF Science congress, the Science TV and New Media Festival organised by EuroScience, EuroPAWS and Agtel took place at Trinity College Dublin between the 13th and 15th July 2012.

As a result of the festival, there will be eight awards handed over at a special ceremony for the categories listed below – the date and place are to be determined.

“Science and Technology” in:

  • TV Documentaries
  • TV Drama or Docu-drama
  • TV General Programming (i.e. magazines, politics shows, natural world etc) – an item in context or a complete programme
  • New Media Productions (including WEB, iPOD, Promotional Video etc)

“Science in Society” in categories:

  • The best presentation of science or technology in relation to an environmental issue
  • The best presentation of a woman scientist or engineer, real or acted
  • The best TV documentary as judged by a teenage jury
  • The best production as voted on by the festival theatre audience

The ‘Science meets Poetry’ session which was held in parallel to ESOF2012 at Trinity College on 14 July organised by Prof. Jean-Patrick Connerade (EuroScience Governing Board member) was the most successful ‘Science meets Poetry’ event ever staged which will be difficult to beat.

The president of Ireland Michael Higgins and a Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney attended as participants!

The President of Ireland Michael Higgins sat in the audience, and displayed his keen interest in what was being said by producing paper and pen and taking notes.

The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic writes about ESOF2012. Article only available in Czech.