The prestigious EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) comes to Manchester this summer. . . . reports Rahul Laud
The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) , is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting, which attracts around 4,500 leading researchers, thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from all over the world. Held every two years in a different European city, 2016's conference will be the first time that ESOF has come to the UK; to Manchester the historical Cottonopolis of the industrial revolution and home of graphene.
ESOF is a platform for innovation, research and education and promotes dialogue, unity and integration within the European science, research and business communities. Its also an excellent opportunity for Manchester to showcase its scientific heritage and world-class research.
According to Andy Parkinson, “The interesting thing about ESOF is that it is not a conference solely dedicated to science. There is a significant Science to Business programme covering many interesting areas where science and industry meet. In the context of Manchester, a city known for innovation and it’s scientific proficiency, there are opportunities for many interesting news stories.”
Held in the historic surrounds of Manchester Central (23-27 July 2016), ESOF will be a hive of activity with over 150 programme sessions planned and the main exhibition hall becoming “Science Central”, hosting some of the world’s leading STEM companies. There will be three stages where businesses and individuals will have the opportunity to present on their particular field and plenty of space for delegates to sit back, relax and take in all that the conference presents to them.
Wrapped around ESOF will be a jam-packed programme of talks, satellite and social events as well as a special, one-week festival called Science in the City (22-29 July) which will join up the world-leading science at the conference and take it onto the streets of Manchester.
From pop-up installations that will change how people view food to the science of ageing in the age of the selfie, there will be something for everyone to engage with no matter how scientifically-minded. Most of the city’s museums and galleries are involved too with special exhibitions about issues that affect us all such as climate change, plus a world-exclusive show telling the story of graphene at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester commented,”We are entering into Manchester “Summer of Science”. Alongside ESOF there will also be over 30 significant national and international scientific associations holding their events in Manchester over the next few months including the International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry and the Biennial Conference of the European Association for Cancer Research.”
” This is all a part of Manchester’s strategic approach to promoting its key sectors: advanced materials, digital and creative, and life sciences. Thanks to Marketing Manchester’s unique position as part of the Manchester Growth Company we can work closely with our sister organisations, such as MIDAS, the inward investment agency, to work in a holistic manner, aligning our work with theirs. This is important because not only do these sectors create jobs and wealth but they are vital to the conference and meetings industry. By promoting these sectors we are helping to build a place where these industries want to meet, in turn helping to showcase Manchester to one million of the sector’s delegates every year.”
More details about the conference and upcoming programmes can be found on their official Website: www.esof.eu