Promoting science among youth has been an important aspect of EuroScience’s vision for ESOF since the very first conference in 2004. Now, 12 years later, ESOF has been established as Europe’s biggest general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. It attracts around 4500 delegates, including 1,000 young researchers from across Europe and beyond. The main networking tool, developed for young and mid-career researchers in Europe and around the world, is the ‘Career Programme’. The aim of this programme is to raise the voice of the next generations of researchers, science communicators, science teachers and policy makers.
A global presence at ESOF
For ESOF 2016, the EuroScience and the ESOF Team have managed to secure funding from no less than five different organisations, including Robert Bosch Foundation, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Eotvos Lorand University in the Czech Republic, the University of South Bohemia in Hungary and the European Project ‘Graphene Flagship’. Thanks to their generous support, around 90 students and early careers researchers from all over the world will be able to travel to Manchester and be part of this unique experience.
Thanks to the generous support of the Robert Bosch Foundation, EuroScience is pleased to announce the attendance of a delegation of 45 African researchers at ESOF. Coming from 15 different countries ranging from North to South, East to West, their attendance will showcase Africa as an attractive playing field for scientists and an emerging actor in global science cooperation.
Given Manchester’s rich pedigree of excellence in science, from Rutherford splitting the atom to its pioneering achievements with Graphene, it seemed only logical that the European Project ‘Graphene Flagship’ together with the European Science Foundation opened a call for researchers involved in graphene research. The 9 selected researchers, coming from Greece, Poland, Serbia, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy, can visit the Graphene Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry and enter into discussion with Sir Andre Geim, who in 2010, won the Nobel Prize for his ground-breaking work on graphene.
Participation from Central and Eastern Europe is equally important to ESOF’s success. The Eotvos Lorand Univesity from Budapest, Hungary will bring the first Hungarian university delegation to ESOF. Following the ESOF Science Bus and ESOF Science Train projects, the 14 selected students will fly together to Manchester, thus branding their experience as the ESOF Science Plane! In Manchester, they will meet their Czech counterparts, who received a travel grant from the University of South Bohemia. Beyond benefiting from the broad variety of inspiring ESOF sessions, the team will be on a mission as well: they will report on ESOF events throughout the week. The students will meet internationally renowned scientists and policy makers, have access to VIP programmes, participate in the Bluedot Festival and enjoy a “Pie with Profs”.
Last but not least, the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) has selected 17 researchers who will travel from Belgium to Manchester in July. The FWO has been a continuous supporter of ESOF by offering travel grants to bright young minds since ESOF 2012.