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ESOF2012 — Result In Brief

Project ID: 320130
Funded under: FP7-SIS
Country: Ireland

Science in the public arena

The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is possibly Europe's largest grass-roots science and society gathering. Supported by the EU, the 2012 edition took place in Dublin, Ireland.
Science in the public arena
With members drawn from the scientific community, policymaking circles, industry and interested members of the public, Euroscience is a pan-European grass-roots organisation that promotes science and technology.

Every two years, ESOF brings together stakeholders to debate the latest scientific discoveries and the direction that European research is taking in its various fields. With each edition organised in a different city, ESOF 2012 took place in Dublin and was the most successful to date, organisers say.

Financed by the 'Science in society' priority of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the event attracted more than 4 400 participants from 75 countries. ESOF 2012 hosted 162 sessions involving 660 speakers, including five Nobel laureates. These gatherings showcased the most exciting findings that European research has to offer, from archaeology to cosmology.

Participants also explored the present and future of EU research — FP7 and Horizon 2020 — and ways of strengthening, deepening and consolidating the European Research Area (ERA). As has become an ESOF tradition, the forum provided young scientists with a high-profile platform to highlight their research efforts and the challenges they face. Young researchers also had the opportunity to explore ways of building their careers.

ESOF's Science-2-Business workshops addressed a major challenge facing European R&D: translating science into innovation, transforming promising results into actual applications and products.

In addition to its undoubted pan-European impact, ESOF 2012 also made major waves in Ireland. Not only was there a surprising level of popular interest in the meetings, but the associated Science in the City event also proved to be extremely popular.

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