Inspiring the next generation of scientists

It attracts around 4500 delegates, including 1,000 young researchers from across Europe and beyond. The main networking tool, developed for young and mid-career researchers in Europe and around the world, is the ‘Career Programme’. The aim of this programme, consisting of workshops, panel discussions, debates and networking events, is to provide new skills, ideas and challenges to raise the voice of the next generations of researchers, science communicators, science teachers and policy makers.

For the ESOF 2016, the EuroScience and the ESOF Team have managed to secure funding from no less than five different organisations, including Robert Bosch Foundation, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Eotvos Lorand University, the University of South Bohemia and the European Project ‘Graphene Flagship’. Thanks to their generous support, around 90 students and early careers researchers will be able to travel to Manchester and be part of this unique experience.

A global presence at ESOF

Thanks to the generous support of the Robert Bosch Foundation, EuroScience is pleased to announce the attendance of a delegation of 45 African researchers at ESOF. Coming from 15 different countries ranging from North to South, East to West, their attendance will showcase Africa as an attractive playing field for scientists and an emerging actor in global science cooperation.

17 researchers, selected by Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) will be traveling from Belgium to Manchester in July. The FWO has been a continuous supporter of ESOF by offering travel grants to bright young minds since ESOF 2012. 

Given Manchester’s rich pedigree of excellence in science, from Rutherford splitting the atom to its pioneering achievements with Graphene, it seemed only logical that the European Project ‘Graphene Flagship’ together with the European Science Foundation open a call for researchers involved in graphene research. The 9 selected researchers, coming from Greece, Poland, Serbia, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy, can visit the Graphene Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry and enter into discussion with Sir Andre Geim, who in 2010, won the Nobel Prize for his ground-breaking work on graphene.

Participation from Central and Eastern Europe is equally important to ESOF’s success. The Eotvos Lorand Univesity from Budapest, Hungary will bring the first Hungarian university delegation to ESOF. Following the ESOF Science Bus and ESOF Science Train projects, the 13 selected students will fly together to Manchester, thus branding their experience as the ESOF Science Plane! During ESOF, the 13 students will interview some of the speakers and participants and will meet their Czech counterparts, who received a travel grant from the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

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