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.


For media enquires please contact:

Andy Parkinson, Head of Press - ESOF 2016 and European City of Science

+44 (0) 161 238 4529 | andy@esof2016.eu | @andy_parkinson

Notes to editors:

  • Free day passes will be offered from Friday 15 April until Friday 1 July or until all 100 passes are taken.
  • To win, a tweet must be sent offering an interesting science fact and including the hashtag #ESOF100days. The user must also follow the @ESOF2016 Twitter account.
  • The best tweets – as decided by the ESOF delivery team – will be picked and users will be contacted to arrange their free pass.
  • To obtain the free pass winners will need to fill out an accreditation form where they will be required to show proof of their early career research or STEM student credentials.
  • ESOF is supported by a number of principal partners including: BT, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, the Wellcome Trust, Addelshaw Goddard, KPMG, Manchester Airport Group and Manchester Science Parks.

About EuroScience Open Forum

In July 2016 the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) will come to the UK for the first time; to Manchester, the historical Cottonopolis of the industrial revolution and home of wonder material Graphene. ESOF is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting, attracting over 4,500 leading researchers, thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from over 90 countries.

Over the course of five days (23-27) participants from across the scientific community will discuss and discover modern advancements in science and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Over 150 conference sessions are planned, featuring more than 500 speakers from 80 countries.

Registration is now open with prices starting at £95.

About Manchester Science Partnerships

Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) is a Manchester based public-private partnership and the UK's largest science park operator. MSP owns and operates 3m sq ft of office and laboratory space on its three main campuses – central Manchester, Citylabs 1.0 and Alderley Park.

We provide the right environments for innovation to flourish - supporting the growth of companies in the biomedical, ICT, industrial technologies, and digital/creative sectors, ranging in size from start-ups to European HQs and international centres of R&D excellence.

Our network of connections between innovators, scientists, investors and entrepreneurs brings businesses and people together to transform ideas into commercial reality.

MSP's shareholders are Bruntwood Ltd, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester, Cheshire East and Salford City Councils.

mspl.co.uk |@TweetsByMSP

For MSP media enquiries please contact:

Elizabeth Hampson, senior marketing executive, Manchester Science Partnerships

+44 (0) 7538 742 095 | elizabeth.hampson@mspl.co.uk

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