Only two weeks left before ESOF 2016 kicks off in Manchester on July 24!
Healthy populations is one of the largest strands at ESOF and will be the focus of Monday’s sessions. They will explore issue such as personalised medicine, child well-being, microbiomes, humanitarian medicine, eHealth and data issues and antimicrobial resistance. The strand includes a topical session on epidemics featuring Dr Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson, Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline and will be moderated by BBC global health correspondent Tulip Mazumdar. Further keynote speakers include Brian Cox, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Sheila Jasanoff, and Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation himself!
Monday will also feature a session on gravitational waves. First detected in late 2015 and followed by a global media frenzy, gravitational waves are ‘ripples’ in the fabric of space-time that are now providing scientists with a completely new view of the Universe. The session will examine what scientists expect to learn from gravitational waves about cosmic objects and what it might mean for our understanding of the origins and future of the Universe.
The science to business programme, mainly held on Tuesday, is also set to be a popular draw at ESOF 2016 due, in part, to its inclusion of industry pioneers including Dr Hermann Hauser, founder of Amadeus Capital and Dr Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive of Innovate UK. The strand will provide an opportunity for industrialists, researchers, policy makers and business/academia support organisations to engage with one another, learn, network and debate the issues surrounding the exploitation of breakthroughs in science and to share ideas and best practise for improving the commercial outcomes from research. Topical sessions include the power of cross-border research with Fabiola Gianotti, the Arctic as a hot topic in international relations, doping in sports and an insight into the succes of Sir Andre Geim.
Wednesday will feature a session on Science Diplomacy with Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan as well as sessions examining scientific research into the smallest dimensions of materials and matter, the fastest chemical processes, and the most extreme and challenging terrestrial and extra-terrestrial environments.