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The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020


This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to REA and will be managed by the Commission services.

This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 190(1)(e) of the Rules of applications of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 966/2012, Regulation No 1268/2012 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013.

It is expected that this action will continue in 2020.

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation.

It is held under the auspices of the researcher organisation Euroscience and dedicated to scientific research and innovation.

It is designed by Euroscience as a unique opportunity in Europe to:

  • the latest advances in science.
  • dialogue on the role of science and technology in public policy.
  • and provoke public interest and engagement, excitement and debate about science and technology.
  • the European science community with global partners and perspectives.
  • the interplay between science and society and inspire public debate on science-related societal change

A grant support will be offered to this inter/trans-disciplinary pan-European meeting to ensure that a structured and expanded dialogue among all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, including all social groups) will be developed along the lines of the Science with and for Society Programme. In this context a special emphasis will be put on exploring and supporting further citizen science as an important dimension of open science and as a way to promote further Responsible Research and Innovation through outreach activities, science education or various forms of public engagement with science.

An inclusive and integrated combination of seminars, workshop, debates and round table discussion using new interactive and engaging formats will be provided and centred on Horizon 2020 key societal challenges.

A special emphasis will be put on Science Journalism in the ESOF programme. A European prize award on the topic will be delivered during an ESOF2020 ceremony in the presence of European Commission representatives.

For grants awarded under this topic beneficiaries may provide support to third parties as described in part K of the General Annexes of the Work Programme either in form of grants or prizes. The respective options of Article 15 of the Model Grant Agreement will be applied.

Expected impact: The Euroscience Open Forum will raise awareness among a very large public on the further integration of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Citizen science as a way to contribute to the goal of Open Science. It will also give a picture of the fundamental changes undergoing in science and innovation landscape and its implications for the interactions with society and the economy.