Today, Friday, 15 April 2016, marks 100 days to go until the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) commences – bringing 4,500 leading researchers, thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators to Manchester from over 90 countries.
To mark the occasion – and to encourage engagement at ESOF by the next generation of scientific visionaries – the ESOF team in Manchester is making 100 day passes to ESOF available for free to early career researchers and higher education students studying within STEM disciplines.
In the 100 days leading up to the conference, day passes will be given away via social media to those who follow @ESOF2016 and tweet an interesting science fact using the hashtag #ESOF100days.
Also announced today, Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP), the UK’s largest science park operator, will be a principal partner of ESOF and support the campaign to engage early career researchers and STEM students.
Vicky Rosin, programme director for ESOF, said: “As we approach this significant milestone, it is important that we recognise the importance of having the next big thinkers in attendance at ESOF and how we can support their attendance.
“One of the most exciting things about this conference is its unique capacity to facilitate the most unlikely of conversations, dialogues and partnerships between delegates. It’s set to be quite a melting pot, and early career researchers and bright young minds are essential in bringing new perspectives and ideas to the table.
“We also welcome MSP as a principal partner, who will be a great asset to ESOF with their network of connections and commitment of bringing innovators, scientists, investors and entrepreneurs together.”
Rowena Burns, chief executive of Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “This is an exceptionally exciting year for Manchester as the European City of Science and we are proud to be a principal partner of ESOF 2016. We look forward to collaborating with the ESOF team and welcoming the world’s leading academics and journalists to Manchester in July.
“It’s so important that we engage with our next generation of scientists and hope that there is a great deal of interest from early career researchers and those studying STEM subjects in higher education to come along to this exciting event.”
Winners of the #ESOF100days day pass competition will be able to choose which day they would like to attend the conference.
The focus of Monday, the first full day, will be on the impacts of advancements in science and technology on our society and economies; with sessions on synthetic biology, epidemics and the new bio-industrial revolution as well as big data and the internet of things. The day will also include a plenary session with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
Tuesday explores the new space race. Individuals and private companies will join together with more experienced players such as NASA and the ESA, and humans pushing the frontiers of what we know, both in the universe and on our own planet. It is the main day of the Science to Business strand of the programme and will also include sessions on cyber security, doping in sport and an audience with graphene pioneer Sir Andre Geim.
The final day of the conference, Wednesday, will look at the interplay between humans and machines and how artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly advanced and integrated into our societies.
Today also marks the launch of the drive to recruit 100 local volunteers to assist with delivery of ESOF. Those interested in offering their services in welcoming ESOF delegates to the city in July should look out for further details on the ESOF website.
Further details, including the full ESOF programme, can be found on the website: esof2016.eu
Follow @esof2016 on Twitter for all latest announcements and news.