16 Feb 2017   |   Network Updates

ESOF 2018: Call for scientific session proposals is open

Stakeholders in the science community are invited to submit proposals for the scientific sessions at the upcoming 2018 edition of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) that will take place from 9 to 14 July 2018 in Toulouse, France.

The call seeks session proposals for the Science programme from the Science community at large, within the academic sector and outside: corporate R&D, science media and communication, and also various social actors whose voice must be heard within the science debate.

Sessions that focus on past, present and future path-breaking science are encouraged.

The event will also promote public debate about science-related societal change. ESOF 2018 will be an opportunity to discuss the socio-cultural and economic implications and impacts of scientific advances from regional, national, European and global perspectives.

This international perspective is particularly significant since, in the face of global challenges and the internationalisation of trade and political governance, science is increasingly considered an international collaborative endeavour; a feature that the sessions should seek to address.

The conference sessions will focus on current and future path-breaking science and its ways of producing and sharing knowledge and innovation.

Thematic areas:

·         Sustainable cities, sustainable living

·         Global change: challenges and opportunities

·         Science policy and transformation of research practice

·         Frontier research and exploring extremes

·         Health in our societies

·         Understanding divided societies

·         New trends and technologies in transport

·         The use/mis-use of research and scientific advice

·         Sharing knowledge

·         A digital world


Cross cutting themes:

·         Risk and safety

·         Inequalities

·         Gender issues

·         Ethics


Selection process

The submission is open from 10 February 2017 at 10:00 am CET and the deadline for session proposals is 1 June 2017 at 10:00 am CET. The submission process can be accessed through the ESOF website.

Proposals will be evaluated by the International Programme Committee (PC), the first stage of which will take place during summer 2017.

The PC may request revisions to some proposal(s). In this case, proponents will be advised by the 1st of October and revised proposals should be resubmitted by 30th October 2017 for a second stage evaluation.

Proponents whose proposals have been accepted or rejected during the first round of evaluations will be informed at the end of September 2017, and proponents of revised proposals will be informed of the outcome of the second stage evaluation by the end of November 2017.

ESOF is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people and the general public. This biennial European forum brings together over 4 000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science. 

For more details, please read the complete call for proposals document, or go to the ESOF 2018 website.

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