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ESOF: Nature Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists is open

The Nature Travel Grant Scheme in a nutshell

The Nature Travel Grant Scheme offers journalists and members of media organisations from around the world the opportunity to attend ESOF for free. The grant offers complimentary registration as well as help covering travel and accommodation costs.

Created by EuroScience, the biennial ESOF – EuroScience Open Forum – meeting is the largest pan-European general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. At ESOF meetings leading scientists, researchers, journalists, business people, policy makers and the general public from all over the world discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services, including the journal Nature. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. Nature Publishing Group has supported ESOF since its very first meeting in 2004.

Similar to the 2012 and 2014 edition of meeting, Springer Nature is funding the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for journalists to attend ESOF2016 with the aim to increase the impact of ESOF.

The scheme

In addition to free registration, the Nature Travel Grant Scheme offers a lump sum of £450 for UK based journalists, £600 for journalists based in Europe and £800 for journalists based outside of Europe, to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation to attend ESOF 2016.

Eligibility criteria

All journalists irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, place of residence and media type (paper, radio, TV, web) are welcome to apply. Media accreditation will be required.

Application procedure and documentation

To submit an application sign into the EuroScience Conference and Membership Platform (ESCMP) and click on “Apply for a Grant”. Follow the application procedure.

On submitting the application form for travel grants, you agree to the full acceptance of the rules and to the decision taken by the Selection Committee.

The deadline for submitting an application is February 29th 2016, 12:00 pm CET.

Selection Committee and decision

The Selection Committee is composed of:

  • Alice Henchley, Head of Press at Nature Publishing Group
  • Aidan Gilligan, CEO at SciCom – Making Sense of Science & Vice Chair, ESOF 2016 Media & Marketing Committee
  • Head of Press at ESOF 2016

The selection of candidates will be based on the applicant’s CV and motivation statement to be involved in the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for ESOF 2016. An email of decision will be sent in April 2016 to all candidates stating whether or not their application has been selected.

Payment conditions

The lump sum will be transferred to the grantees after ESOF 2016 subject to:

  • Mandatory participation in the daily briefings organized by the EuroScience Office
  • Publishing of at least one article in any language about ESOF 2016
  • Provision of a one-page travel report in English
  • Completion of a feedback questionnaire regarding the scheme


Find out more about ESOF 2016 conference on ESOF website.

For any further information, please contact Magali Devrin at the EuroScience Office.