The COVID-19 pandemic has a disruptive effect on all areas of science, economy and the everyday life worldwide and ESOF2020 is no exception.
Although we see all around Europe that the measures implemented by governments show relatively positive result, the situation in September remains uncertain. This uncertainty forces us as organisers of ESOF to plan for different scenarios. These new scenarios will involve changes and updates in the programme and format of sessions and events planned during the conference. Changes that sometimes require a decision within days. At the same time ESOF must retain its high-quality standard in the programme and preserve its unique feature as an open forum for dialogue and debate between different actors of the scientific community and society. To face these challenges ESOF2020 Trieste and EuroScience installed the ESOF2020 Executive Committee as a rapid response advisory body. The nine committee members including two members of the EuroScience Governing Board are senior scientists, science journalists, and science communicators and served before on one of the various committees of ESOF2020. Most of the members have also experiences in the organisation of previous ESOFs.
The committee will be able to direct advice to the Champion of ESOF2020 and the President of EuroScience in a very short time in virtual meetings. This will help both teams in Trieste and Strasbourg in our efforts to deliver an outstanding ESOF2020.