Revolution comes to Manchester

Revolution comes to Manchester

Representatives from the ESOF host city of Manchester and EuroScience - a grassroots association which acts on behalf of Europe’s scientific community, are calling for session proposals to populate the science programme at ESOF 2016, Europe’s largest general scientific conference.

ESOF 2016 (EuroScience Open Forum) takes place from 22-27 July in Manchester, the city where Marx met Engels and Rolls met Royce.

Similarly ESOF 2016 will be a meeting of minds, bringing together many of the world’s foremost scientific thinkers, innovators and scholars.
Playing on Manchester’s unique history as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution the theme for the event has been announced as ‘science as revolution’.

This is the first time the event has been held in the UK and is made possible with the support of the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and Research Councils UK. Further sponsorship will be announced as preparations continue through 2015.

Prof. Luke Georghiou, Co-Champion of ESOF 2016 and Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Manchester, said:

“Manchester is a city of firsts from splitting the atom to the passenger railway line, the programmable computer and the isolation of Graphene and as such we are delighted to be the first UK city to host Europe’s foremost scientific meeting in July 2016.

“2016 is a special year for science in Manchester, as this is the year we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Dalton – the father of atomic theory. The EuroScience Open Forum will be the culmination of an 18 month celebration of science in our city.

“This programme is at the very heart of ESOF and I’m delighted that it is now open for submissions. We are looking forward to receiving and reviewing ideas and proposals from science, technology, medicine, arts, humanities and social science communities across the EU and beyond.”

The call for proposals, recently launched at the AAAS meeting in San Jose, seeks submissions for science-based seminars, workshops and debates on the latest research and policy issues. It is an open invitation to individuals and organisations alike.

A core question throughout ESOF 2016 will be: how do we foster excellence in science as an agent for positive and transformative change, whilst also ensuring responsible research and innovation?

Respondents to the call for proposals are encouraged to bear this in mind when applying, as well as ensuring that their proposal sits under one of the nine headline themes:

• Healthy populations
• Material dimensions
• Sustaining the environment
• Turing's legacy - data and the human brain
• Far frontiers
• Living in the future
• Bio-revolution
• Science for policy and policy for science
• Science in our cultures

Prof. Jerzy Langer, Chair of the Programme Committee for ESOF 2016, said:

“Curiosity and serendipity is what drives the scientist's mind: thus the essence of science has always been about exploring and challenging the boundaries of our current knowledge and understanding. Something we believe is reflected in the broad range of subjects that we’re keen to explore in 2016 – from pandemics and particle physics to big data and bioscience.

“We hope this call will encourage leading thinkers and researchers from across the global scientific community to take a unique look and share with us how science and technology has the potential to transform our lives."

Submissions for the call will officially open from Monday, 2 March 2015 with the deadline for the proposals on Monday, 1 June 2015 10am (GMT).

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