A unique feature of ESOF is the Science meets Poetry day, which is held at every Forum and brings poets and scientists together. Indeed, there is today a real artistic movement of poets connected with ESOF. Famous participants from earlier meetings include contributors such as the late Seamus Heaney, Roald Hoffmann Jean-Pierre Luminet and Prince Henrik of Denmark, but many young and aspiring poets are also involved. The meeting is in two parts: lectures on subjects involving science with poetry and a poster session for contributed poems. There are competitions associated with the event and every Science meets Poetry day gives rise to the publication of Proceedings in book form.
In Toulouse, the event will be staged by EuroScience in collaboration with the Académie des Jeux Floraux of Toulouse, the Société des Poètes Français and the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters, under patronage of UNESCO. The full programme will be announced later, but includes such themes as a celebration of the number 7 in honour of the seven Troubadours of Toulouse, who held the first Jeux Floraux in the year 1323, Space Travel and the first poets and scientists who wrote about it (including Cyrano de Bergerac and Johannes Kepler), from Metrodorus and Diophantes of Alexandria to Fermat’s Last Theorem, the Poetry of Ecology, Lafayette’s ship the Hermione seen from America and many other thought-provoking subjects.
The meeting will be held in the Hôtel d’Assézat, one of the finest old buildings of the ancient city of Toulouse. Exceptionally, it will be open to registered participants from ESOF 2018 and also to some members of the public within the limits of available space.
Full details of the Programme will be announced soon.