Promoting science among youth
Promoting science among youth has been an important aspect of EuroScience’s vision for ESOF since the very first conference in 2004. Now, ESOF has been established as Europe’s biggest general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. It attracts around 4500 delegates, including 1,000 young researchers from across Europe and beyond.
As a way to promote science among youth, EuroScience and ESOF are continuously seeking support to provide talented and highly motivated students and researchers in the early phases of their career, with a unique experience to participate in the Europe’s biggest general scientific conference, both to learn from and contribute to the event. Young researchers’ participation is vital in this important debate as they represent the future generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and policy makers.
Over the years, EuroScience has developed different schemes to support young researchers' participation at ESOF, few of which can be discovered here below.
Travel grants at ESOF 2018 Toulouse
Seven institutions generously support researchers or journalists worldwide to cover their costs to attend ESOF 2018 Toulouse. These are the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the fifth European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ 2018), Nature, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.
A global presence at ESOF 2016
Thanks to the generous support of the Robert Bosch Foundation, EuroScience was able to select 45 African researchers to attend ESOF. Coming from 15 different countries ranging from North to South, East to West, their attendance showcased Africa as an attractive playing field for scientists and an emerging actor in global science cooperation.
17 researchers, selected by Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) travelled 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, visited the Graphene Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry and entered 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 brought the first Hungarian university delegation to ESOF. Following the ESOF Science Bus and ESOF Science Train projects, the 13 selected students fkew together to Manchester, thus branding their experience as the ESOF Science Plane! During ESOF, the 13 students interviewed some of the speakers and participants and met their Czech counterparts, who received a travel grant from the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic.
The Science Train - ESOF 2014
Jump on the Science Train with 16 students from the University of Strasbourg, France, who went to ESOF 2014 in Copenhagen and tell us about their ESOF adventure (video in French). Walk with them into the land of research and science theatre, as they perform science slam in the ESOF's Science in the City festival.
All aboard the Science Bus - ESOF 2012
The Science Bus project is based on the successful Barcelona and Torino Science Bus event, realised by the ESOF2008 and ESOF2010 teams, that brought students to Barcelona and Torino for the EuroScience Open Forum. Participants were offered a subsidised ESOF fee, accommodation, and meals as well as free transport from their country of residence to the host city and back.
The Science Bus enables young scientists to get a first sniff at the atmosphere surrounding the professional field of science, research and innovation. The possibility to experience new developments in a personal and hands-on manner, makes this trip a once in a lifetime experience for the students. The importance of social media for the scientific world and the interaction with business are usually important eye openers for most of them.