The Interuniversity Inauguration of the Academic Year 2022/2023 on 30 September 2022 is organized by the public higher education institutions in Katowice and the city of Katowice. The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra concert hall in Katowice. To this occasion, the President of EuroScience, Michael Matlosz has been invited to hold a lecture on ransitioning together: universities, cities and regions acting to create positive change for all”.


On Thursday, September 22nd, The Planetarium of the Silesian Science Park hosted the press conference officializing the cooperation between the different partners of the Consortium which will organize the European City of Science 2024 in Katowice. During this press conference, the members of the Consortium signed a cooperation agreement which sets the framework for the next European City of Science in Katowice including the organization of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in 2024. The Secretary General of EuroScience was also present at the event and emphasized on the fact that Katowice is the first city in central and eastern Europe to receive this prestigious award.


We were honoured to welcome many high-level professionals from across various scientific domains including science journalism and science policy to debate in an informal way the current science issues with early career researchers.


This hybrid ESOF edition was a big success! The central hub in Leiden offered exciting sessions in three historic venues and an exhibition open for everyone in the Pieterskerk, a church in the heart of the city. 

Watch the ESOF2022 after movie and get insights of this years conference!


The traditional handover of the European City of Science took place at the closing ceremony of ESOF2022 in Leiden. EuroScience President Mike Matlosz, handed the ceremonial key to the European City of Science over to Marcin Krupa, the Mayor of Katowice in Poland, the European City of Science 2024. 


The award ceremony took place on 15 July 2022, (16:00 – 17:00 CEST) in Stadsgehoorzaal: meeting room Aalmarktzaal, Leiden, the Netherlands and was also simultaneously broadcasted to all online ESOF delegates. The three finalists presented their research to the public and the winners of the two awards were announced during the ceremony.


At the traditional ESOF Presidents Reception, EuroScience President Michael Matlosz thanked Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General of the Departement for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, for his support and help for the European City of Science 2022! Mr. Paquet was awarded the first Honorary Citizenship of the European City of Science by EuroScience.


Meet the Expert is an event that connects early career researchers and leading science professionals in an informal debate where they share questions and ideas on the direction of their research, careers and future paths.


The purpose of this workshop is to analyze and understand the motivation of why science-engaged professionals want to participate in organizations, and what are the mechanisms that successfully welcome participation in constructive activities that can make a difference. The workshop is targeted towards EuroScience members, as well as potential members from all areas in which science is produced and/or used, such as researchers, journalists, teachers, politicians, etc.


Scientists and researchers are needed to provide scientific advice and the basis of policy solutions to policymakers, but many find themselves unsure about the most effective path to transcend from science to policy. Familiarity with the special dimensions of science policy and the finer nuances of communicating with policymakers may not come naturally, nor does the understanding of the crucial role of research ethics and integrity in making a meaningful contribution to the science–policy interface.