Welcome to Toulouse

Welcome from the ESOF 2018 Champion

It is an exceptional privilege and a great pleasure to announce Toulouse as the next host of the EuroScience Open Forum in 2018.

For its 8th edition, ESOF will be held for the first time in France with the support of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research. The Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées is proud of having been chosen as the institution in charge of running this unique event. Hosting ESOF will involve partnerships with the

Région Occitanie, Toulouse Métropole and the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as with various National Research Organisations, to create a dynamic and memorable event around the motto “Sharing Science: Towards New Horizons“.

I am convinced that Toulouse is an ideal place to host a science and society forum of the magnitude and in the spirit of ESOF. Renowned for its deep-rooted academic tradition and strong commitment to scientific and technological innovation, Toulouse and the Région Occitanie have a leading position in space research and industry, aeronautics, as well as in biotechnology and health research. ESOF 2018 will be a unique opportunity to discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in natural, medical, technological, human and social sciences, together with its societal implications. A forum of European and international dimension on all these aspects will be timely, lively and inspiring at the very moment when the successor of Horizon 2020 will be in discussion. We will facilitate a dynamic conference that will be accompanied by an ambitious outreach programme, thanks to the numerous sites for the “Science in the City“ events including specific activities for school children and the young generation.

We thank our colleagues in Manchester for a great ESOF 2016 and look forward to welcoming everyone to the next ESOF in Toulouse.

Anne Cambon Thomsen


Dr. Anne Cambon-Thomsen

Emeritus Research Director at CNRS,
Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées