10.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice/ESOF2012

Euroscience Open Forum Dublin 2012 to begin in just a few hours


This July, the most influential from the world of science, society and policy will assemble in Dublin for the largest open forum of its kind. This important gathering will provide a platform for debate, for influencing policy and strengthening the links between science and society. Dublin - Ireland’s capital, city rich with cultural and artistic heritage, steeped with history and vibrant with youthful energy -, will host the biennial Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF). This interdisciplinary, pan-European meeting, held under the auspices of Euroscience, aims to showcase the latest advances in science and technology; to promote a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy; and to stimulate public interest, excitement and debate about science and technology.

ESOF 2012 will be taking place in the Convention Centre in Dublin on 11-15 July. Its programme will incorporate a number of distinct streams: 20 + key-note sessions; a science programme of seminars, workshops and debates on the latest research; a Science to Business Programme to link basic research with business and industrial applications; a careers programme showcasing career opportunities in Europe and beyond for all levels of researchers at all stages of their careers; a Science in the City programme to provide scientific interchange opportunities between ESOF2012 delegates and Dublin citizens; a media programme to promote science communication; and, an exhibition to showcase the best of European academic, public and private research.

Over twenty distinguished scientists and public figures have accepted an invitation to give a keynote address at ESOF2012. These individuals are leading researchers from across Europe and from as far afield as the US, China and Australia, and high-profile public figures.

Lidia Brito, Director of the Science Policy and Capacity-Building Division of UNESCO, is a distinguished panelist at ESOF 2012. On 14 July, together with Romain Murenzi, Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor, Ismail Serageldin, Robert-Jan Smits, she will speak about “Africa & Europe Partnership Symposium: Science for Economic Development”.

Visit the website: http://www.esof2012.org/

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