EuroScience room programme at ESOF 2014

EuroScience sessions at ESOF 2014 Copenhagen

The meeting room is in the heart of ESOF 2014, at Carlsberg Academy.

Governing Board meeting (closed session)

Sunday 22 June 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Organisers and Speakers:
Governing Board members (2012-2014)

EU and Russia: can research and education escape a political deadlock? What can grassroots organisations, EuroScience and its Local Sections do to contribute?

Monday 23 June 3.45pm – 5.00pm
Organisers and Speakers:

  • Prof. Patrick Cunningham, Professor of Animal Genetics, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Professor Andrew Harrison, CEO, Diamond Light Source Ltd, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot, UK. He is a member of International Advisory Committee of the Kurchatov Institute and was elected a member of the Dubna Advisory Board.
  • Dr. Piotr Swiatek, FP7 National Contact Point Energy PTJ/FZJ 52425 Jülich, Germany, Project Management Agency of Research Centre Juelich.
  • Dr. Nelli Didenko, Senior Researcher at St. Petersburg Research Centre (SPbRC), member of ES Governing Board, convener of ES Local Section in Russia. St.

SiS Catalyst: Merging the social inclusion and science in society agendas

“SiS Catalyst – children as change agents for science in society” is a 4 year FP7 Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) project. SiS Catalyst is exploring the interrelationships between science communication practices and social inclusion while focussing on the perspectives of children.

On one hand, science offers opportunities to overcome forms of oppression and exclusion, by proposing a democratic and accessible form of knowledge. But on the other hand, the science education pathways can be the origin of the discriminatory process. In fact, a structured form of knowledge such as science can be perceived differently by children with a higher socioeconomic level (for whom science can be an opportunity for success) and those coming from disadvantaged areas or locally defined minorities (for whom science can be mainly an instrument of selection for progression into higher education, reinforcing the divide between a future perceived as “for them”, and a future “for me”). Science communication is intended to promote scientific culture and access to scientific knowledge. However, science communication can unintentionally reinforce exclusion mechanisms, through implicit messages unrelated to the scientific content, but strongly impacting the public perception of science (such as language, role models, representativeness of different communities or values, etc.), as it has been observed in science museum studies. Science communication practices should therefore ensure that they promote access and inclusion rather than reinforce differences. In other words, this means merging the science in society and the social inclusion agenda. In this presentation, we will review some of the thinking behind the “science with and for society” rationale, and some of the thinking concerning social inclusion in education, such as the inclusive excellence approach. We will then stimulate a debate to explore how these two agendas can interact constructively, and which actions can help reinforce this positive interaction.

Tuesday 24 June 9.00am – 10.15am
Organisers and Speakers:

  • Florian Kaiser, The University of Liverpool, UK
  • Matteo Merzagora, Scientific director, TRACES – ESPGG, France
  • Anne-Sophie Godfroy, Associate professor, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France

European Young Researchers Platform (EYRP)

Grass-root organizations and learned societies have a role to play in providing information, advice and support to young scientists, but also to advocate their needs and offer possible solutions to stakeholders and policy makers.
EuroScience is inviting young researchers, grass-root organizations and learned societies to a session where we can exchange information and discuss policy issues that can further promote and support young researchers in Europe. The aim of the EYRP is to deliver young researchers message with one voice, thereby obtaining more visibility and impact.

Tuesday 24 June 12.00pm – 1.15pm

  •  Pauline Mattsson, Vice-president of EuroScience

Science advocacy and campaigning: Mobilising the research communities to stand up for an increased research budget and a change in science policies

In the struggle for the EU budget framework 2014-20, the scientific community was vocal as never before. Following an open letter from 44 Nobel Laureates, more than 153’000 citizens signed a petition to the EU leaders which was handed over to the three EU presidents and the French president. We will reflect both successes and limits of campaigning for the future. What will be the next campaigns? Can we mobilise a million people to be successful with a European Citizen Initiative?

Tuesday 24 June 1.30pm – 2.45pm

  • Thomas König, EuroScience
  • Wolfgang Eppenschwandtner, ISE


  • Alan Leshner, AAAS Chief Executive Officer
  • Wolfgang Eppenschwandtner, ISE

Peer Review: The Nuts and Bolts

Find out about peer review. Debate challenges to the system. Discuss the role of peer review for scientists and the public. Should peer review detect plagiarism, bias or fraud? What does peer review do for science and what does the scientific community want it to do for them? Should reviewers remain anonymous? Does it illuminate good ideas or shut them down? This master class is open to all ESOF attendees. It will be a chance to discuss with experienced editors and researchers how peer review works, how to get involved, the challenges to the system, and the role of peer review in helping the public weigh up the reliability of research claims.

Tuesday 24 June 4.30pm – 5.45pm / Master Class

  • Julia Wilson, Sense About Science
  • Stephane Berghmans, Elsevier


  • Sabine Kleinert, The Lancet;
  • Professor Paul Hardaker, the Institute of Physics,
  • Dr Irene Hames, editorial and publishing consultant.

Discussion Meeting: Research Integrity Proposal (RIPE) in response to Horizon 2020 Call

This is a follow -up meeting to the development of a EuroScience coordinated  European-wide proposal in response the Call for Proposals (GARRI.5.2014) in Horizon 2020 involving all those participants interested in contributing to the proposal and developing it further.

Wednesday 25 June, 9.00am – 10.15am (closed session)


  • Tony Mayer, EuroScience GB member

Euroscience and NGO’s

The discussion will bear on future cooperations between Euroscience and NGOs to develop practice and knowledge about « Science in society ». What should the goals be? The creative sustainable cooperations to develop

Wednesday 25 June, 10.30am – 11.45am

Organisers and Speakers:

  • Jean-Pierre Alix, EuroScience Governing Board member

Science and safe food: the role of risk assessment/The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

What is risk assessment? How is it carried out? Why is it so important to the European food safety system? Come to EFSA’s seminar on 25 June at 13.30 to find out the answers to these questions and hear about the work EFSA is doing to combat the decline in bee numbers.

Wednesday 25 June, 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Organisers and Speakers:

Reinhilde Schoonjans is a scientist at EFSA specialising in GMOs and environmental risk assessment.
Fabio Sgolastra is a researcher at the University of Bologna who is a member of the COLOSS bees research group, and sat on EFSA’s working group on bees and pesticides.

EuroScience events in the Science in the City Programme

From 23 till 25 June between 10am and 8pm in the Engage District at Laboratorie stage.
Festival organisers:

  • Andrew Millington from Omni Communications
  • Marie Suchanova from EuroScience

Let us introduce you to ‘Science’ through catching stories and beautiful images of planets, sealife, plants, tiny organisms invisible to naked eye, robots or new technologies that we use in everyday life. Discover the mystery of their origins, lifecycle and disappearance. Be ready for ‘Science’ to take your breath away and give you goose bumps at the European Science TV & New Media Festival.

EuroScience activities in the exhibition area

Monday 23 June 2014, 2.15pm – 3pm
Organisers and Speakers:

  • Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, President of EuroScience, Denmark
  • Jean-Patrick Connerade, EuroScience GB member, France
  • Wilhelm Krull, VolkswagenStiftung, Germany

Rammal Award 2013

The Rammal Award, created in memory of the great Lebanese physicist Rammal (1951-1991), is awarded each year to an outstanding scientist or scientific organization whose activities in a Mediterranean country in fundamental or applied research, teaching, or the integration of science in society have advanced significantly the development of science, scientific exchanges or the awareness of science in the region. Scientists and organizations are invited to suggest nominations of individuals or organizations in any field of science, including the social sciences and humanities.

European Science Writers Award

The EuroScience Foundation ties up to this by focussing 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 for the promotion of science journalism in Europe.

Both prices will be awarded at the same time in the exhbition area. Everyone is warmly welcome to join the ceremony followed by reception.

EuroScience (co-)organised events in the Scientific Programme

A match made for success: developing innovation through academia and industry links
12:00 – 13:15 , June 23 2014, Malting Hall
Session organiser: Tony Mayer, Euroscience Governing Board
We will cast the spotlight on current collaborations – with insights from across Europe and Asia ‰- to explore effective partnership methods, outline strategies to spur the next wave of innovation and enterprise and attempt to uncover the matrimonial secrets to a lasting and fulfilling union.

Evidence-based policies in a world of uncertainty and ambiguity
12:00 – 14:45 , June 24 2014, Pompeii Hall, Carlsberg Academy
Session organiser/speaker: José Mariano Gago, Euroscience Governing Board, Luck van Dyck, Euroscience
The aim is to develop public policies and decision making based on rigorous factual and scientific evidence, relevant data and analytical skills. Especially in case of risk, policies are expected to tackle the root causes – rather than the immediately obvious – and to be forward looking.

The future of science communication
16:30 – 17:45 , June 24 2014, Big Carl, Dance Halls
Session organiser: Jens Degett, Euroscience Governing Board
In this interactive session we present examples of successful science communication which has started on grassroots or individual initiative. Is there really space for an alternative to the professional communication driven by institutions? What is the key to their success? How do they survive? Is this really the future?

Resolving our greatest public health challenges via science diplomacy
16:30 – 17:45 , June 24 2014, Pompeii Hall, Carlsberg Academy
Session co-organiser: Aidan Gilligan, Euroscience Governing Board
Countries large and small, developed and developing, express a clear interest in implementing science diplomacy through politics.

Is science contributing to the division of Europe or can it help secure a common future?
12:00 – 14:45 , June 25 2014, Malting Hall
Session organiser/speaker: Amaya Moro-Martin and José Mariano Gago, Euroscience Governing Board members, Luck van Dyck, Euroscience,
In the aftermath of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, austerity measures in countries such as Greece, Spain, Portugal or Cyprus are negatively affecting their research systems and possibly jeopardising the future of generations of researchers.

Science meets Poetry IV: Danish connections
15:00 – 17:45 , June 25 2014, Glyptotek Hall, Carlsberg Museum
Session organiser: Jean-Patrick Connerade\, Euroscience Governing Board
The session attracts a broad following amongst poets from Western Europe and as far afield as Russia, Mexico, and the USA. Around thirty poets contribute to each of the published volumes which are multilingual and transdisciplinary.

Fifty shades of deceit – transparency, accountability and public perception of research misconduct
15:00 – 16:15 , June 25 2014, Big Carl, Dance Halls
Session organiser: Tony Mayer, Euroscience Governing Board
Scientific research sets itself high standards of conduct. When these are not upheld, researchers place great emphasis and reliance on self-regulation. But there are degrees of misconduct, with serious cases making media headlines.

European Young Researchers Award

The EuroScience Foundation ties up to this by focussing 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 for the promotion of science journalism in Europe.

Saturday June 21, 5:30pm-6pm
Venue: TAP 1
Organiser: Marie Suchanova, EuroScience
Speaker: Lauritz Holm Nielsen, EuroScience president