Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at The University of Manchester, was jointly responsible for preparing the bid to host ESOF2016. He said: "We are delighted to be able to organize Europe's biggest general science conference in Manchester in 2016. With Manchester's unique tradition in technology, industry, engineering, science and innovation we are sure that we can offer a superb environment for delegates from Europe and from all over the world. We are looking forward to working together with EuroScience to make Manchester 2016 a worthy successor to Dublin 2012 and Copenhagen 2014, and we are grateful for the support from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.”
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: “This exciting announcement cements Manchester’s position as a world leader in science and technology. This is Europe’s largest general scientific conference and it will bring 4500 delegates to the City in July 2016, including global scientific and technology leaders. The theme of the 2016 Forum will be breakthroughs in science and the conditions needed for a city to capitalise on scientific knowledge: from education through to investment in science.”
The EuroScience Open Forum, ESOF, is well established as the biggest general science conference in Europe. It was organized for the first time in Stockholm in 2004 and has since been held every two years, coming to Munich, Barcelona, Turin and Dublin. Copenhagen will host ESOF in 2014. ESOF is the European meeting place for scientists, science teachers, media, politicians, industry and the public at large, and aims to:
- Presenting scientific and technological developments at the cutting edge from natural sciences to scoial sciences and humanities
- Stimulating the European public’s awareness of and interest in science and technology;
- Fostering a European dialogue on science and technology, society and policy by offering a platform for cross-disciplinary interaction and communication between the public, politicians,policy makers, industry, the media and scientists on current trends and future roads forscience and technology, their interaction with society and policy and the role of the public.
EuroScience is the European grassroots organization of scientists and all those taking an interest in science. It is the voice of European researchers, across disciplines and countries; promoting dialogue with researchers worldwide. Its objectives are:
- Engaging with policymakers, business and society to create a stronger Europe through science;
- Working convening partnerships to work on careers, rights and responsibilities of scientists and key issues of science policy;
- Promoting transparency of, and providing information on European STI policies;
- Advancing science for the pursuit of knowledge, prosperity and global development, and for addressing transdisciplinary global challenges.
EuroScience is based in Strasbourg.
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For more information: contact Peter Tindemans, secretary-general EuroScience ([email protected]; +31 6 2044 1945)
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