ESOF in Manchester

ESOF 2016 in Manchester

Manchester is where Ernest Rutherford first split the atom, where Alan Turing created the programmable computer, and is now the home of graphene. The city has a proud association with scientific achievement, which is why Manchester is delighted to host the EuroScience Open Forum in July 2016.

Photo: Percy Dean

The overarching theme of the 2016 Forum is ‘Science as Revolution’, encouraging debate and exploration of how science and technology transform our lives, constantly challenging how we think and act and is a recognition of Manchester's heritage as a science city.

More information on the themes of ESOF 2016 can be found in our programme section and you can see Richard Hudson, Chair of the Science to Business Committee and Professor Jerzy Langer, Chair of the Programme Committee discussing what ESOF and ‘Science as Revolution’ means to them in our video section.

Manchester has an impressive scientific heritage with numerous intellectual successes establishing the city as a key European centre of academic discovery. Pioneering breakthroughs include the first 'true' canal, the first intercity railway station and the first stored program computer. Major discoveries in physics by scientists either educated or born in Manchester include the electron (J. J. Thomson, 1897), the proton (Rutherford, 1917), and the neutron (James Chadwick, 1934).

It is the city in which John Dalton, James Prescott Joule, and Alan Turing all studied. Manchester was the first global industrialised city and has a long history of innovation and exploiting science and technology for commercial success, from the splitting of the atom (the foundation of atomic power), to the first modern computer.