Special events

Esof 2018 special events

ESOF 2018

Come and meet the European Commission's Science and Ethics


Come and meet the European Commission's Science and Ethics Advisors

These « Questions & Answers » sessions will take place on the 11th of July at the Hotel Mercure Toulouse Centre Compans,  8 Espl. Compans Caffarelli, 31000 Toulouse

11:30 to 11:50 – Room Conques-Cordes

Questions & Answers with the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Organized by: European Commission, Scientific Advice Mechanism

11:30 to 12:00 – European Commission stand

Questions & Answers and Networking – Carbon capture and Utilisation for climate change: hype or hope?

Organized by: European Commission, Scientific Advice Mechanism and SAPEA

16:30 to 16:50  – Room Conques-Cordes

Questions & Answers with the European Commission's Top Advisors for Science and Ethics

Organized by: European Commission, Scientific Advice Mechanism

18:15 to 18:35 – Room Conques-Cordes

Questions & Answers with the European Group on Ethics in Science and new Technologies

Organized by: European Commission, Scientific Advice Mechanism


Cost Action

Thursday 12 July

13:30 – 14:45 Quantum Technologies: a chance for women to take their place in science?

Quantum technologies could change the world as we know it, and Europe risks lagging behind if all of its best brains do not contribute to this change. Leading quantum physics researcher Dr Ruth Oulton will be sharing the latest research and an outlook on upcoming technologies. She will also address the obstacles that women are still facing as they build a career in this frontier research area. Some problems are practical (a lack of childcare facilities at conferences, a lack of maternity leave early in the career), or can relate to unconscious bias and a lack of mentorship by the leaders in the field. This will be followed by a panel debate that will explore best practices and strategies to overcome current hurdles in women’s participation in this fascinating research endeavour.

COST Action Nanoscale Quantum Optics

Network leader & speaker: Ruth Oulton (University of Bristol), Mario Agio (University of Siegen)

Miniature lasers for ultrafast, energy efficient Internet connections, better solar cells, longer-lasting smartphone batteries chargeable in 30 seconds, and extremely precise anti-cancer drug delivery. This network has connected experts in nanophotonics, quantum optics, quantum physics and materials science so they can explore the full potential of nanoscale quantum optics.

COST Action Quantum Structure of Spacetime (QSPACE)

Network leader and speaker: Mairi Sakellariadou (King's College London)

This is an international network of experts in quantum physics working on noncommutative geometry, which could help researchers achieve a better understanding of the concepts of space and time.

More speakers: Ralph Stübner (COST), Ralph Thomas Berghöfer (EU project GENERA), Curt Rice (Rector of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences/GenderSTE network), Maria Chiara Carrozza (Italian MP/Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies) 

15:15 – 16:30 One Health, for systems-based, integrative approach to sustainable public health

‘One health’ is all about better, fairer and sustainable health for humans, animals, and the environment. This can be achieved by getting sciences, various sectors, and society to work together. This panel will give examples of ‘One Health’ initiatives to prove that fair and sustainable public health needs a systems-based, holistic approach. The debate will also feature the various ways of thinking, planning, and working distinguishing between ‘One Health’ initiatives in different socio-economic and ecological contexts across both developing and developed countries. Discussions will shed light on how ‘One Health’ could help public health systems manage resources more effectively and sustainably, so these systems become fairer, inclusive, transparent and democratic.

COST Action Network for Evaluation of One Health (NEOH)

Network leader & speaker: Massimo Canali (University of Bologna), Maurizio Aragrande (University of Bologna)

Although researchers have proposed a ‘one health’ approach to challenges like malnutrition, climate change or antibiotic resistance, there is no common methodology to assess ‘one health’ activities. The experts involved in this COST Action are trying to fill in that gap – their network activities will help them provide more evidence for more holistic public policies based on ‘one health’.

COST Action Understanding and combating African swine fever in Europe

Network leader & speaker: Dolores Gavier-Widen (National Veterinary Institute, Sweden)

The network has connected biologists, epidemiologists, wildlife experts and virologists, who have found new ways in which African swine fever is transmitted and have come up with better ways of preventing contamination in pig farms all across the European Union.

COST Action Control of Human Pathogenic Micro-organisms in plant production systems

Network leader & speaker: Rita Grosch (Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops)

Researchers across 33 countries worldwide are connecting public health authorities with plant growers, producers, suppliers, processing and the retail industry to better understand the potential negative impact of plant microbes on human health and to come up with new sanitary measures and agricultural management practices.

COST Action Improving understanding of and research on the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae

Network leader & speaker: Olivier Sparagano (Coventry University)

Researchers in this network are working towards a common way of improving the health, welfare and productivity of the EU’s 350 million laying hens. In search of alternatives to chemical treatments for red mite infections, the experts in this network have tested a new neem oil (vegetable oil) mixture that significantly reduces mite numbers in a heavily infested hen farm. This is the first study on the efficacy of such oil in treating red mite infested hen farms.

COST Action European Network for Foodborne Parasites

Network leaders & speakers: Lucy Robertson (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Chiara Trevisan (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp)

According to the WHO, 33 million otherwise healthy people die of foodborne infections every year. Although foodborne parasites are a common cause, studies have so far focussed on viruses and bacteria. Network experts are helping decrease the impact of foodborne parasites on human health by coordinating research and suggesting potential interventions, while mapping global trends, alongside organisations like EFSA. This network has also got scientists and economists to work together and study how much Europeans are ready to pay for parasite-free food.

COST Action European network on the factors affecting the gastro-intestinal microbial balance and the impact on the health status of pigs (PiGutNet)

Network leader & speaker:  Paolo Trevisi (University of Bologna)

Antibiotics resistance in humans, farm animals and food in many European countries remains high, according to a 2017 study by the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. This multidisciplinary network of specialists is striving to reduce the misuse of antibiotics in pig farming by finding ways to develop and maintain a balance in the pig’s intestinal microorganisms.

More speakers: Ioanna Stavridou (COST)

17:00 – 18:15 Big data: uncovering new mobility patterns and redefining planning practices

Digital visualisations and big data can help paint a clear picture of what is happening where and when in cities, and can reveal new mobility trends. If properly analysed, big data on urban mobility can radically improve how we evaluate public and sustainable transport. This session will discuss how big data reveals new travel behaviours, leading to new transport planning methods. The panel will also touch on how the EU’s urban dwellers (especially millennials) use social media and how that influences their travel behaviour. Speakers will show how urban planners have used smart data to respond to changing mobility patterns and commuters’ needs. Still, statistical validity, bias, incorrect causality relations and liability are issues that need addressing. Speakers will explain how big data affects travel behaviour and transport planning, at a time when ensuring data quality and European standards is a must.

COST Action Social Networks and Travel Behaviour

Network leaders & speakers: Pnina Plaut (Technion Israel Institute of Technology)

The network has proposed a new way of achieving smarter, more inclusive public transport planning, by studying social networks and big data coming from social media use across the EU.

COST Action Transport Equity Analysis: assessment and integration of equity criteria in transportation planning

Network leader & speaker: Floridea di Ciommo (cambiaMO)

Researchers in this network have proposed measures for a fairer urban transport system, by monitoring and analysing the needs of people who don’t normally benefit from urban transport solutions.

COST Action Wider Impacts and Scenario Evaluation of Autonomous and Connected Transport

Network leaders & speakers: Nikolas Thomopoulos (University of Greenwich), Federico Costantini (University of Udine)

Although driverless cars seem to be the future, it is not clear how their deployment will affect today’s existing EU road infrastructure. This network is observing and planning to anticipate how autonomous vehicles will lead to future mobility trends and implications on travel behaviour, such as car sharing, travel time use or residential location choices.

More speakers: Mickael Pero (COST), Tatiana Kovacikova (University of Žilina), Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


COST is a EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. We provide funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges and other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics. By creating open spaces where people and ideas can grow, we are unlocking the full potential of science.



Join ESOF 2018 Consultations on the Future of Europe!
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ESOF 2018 organize two Citizens' Dialogues in Toulouse for searchers and for students… all citizens are welcome!
1.      Citizens' Dialogue for Searchers: Cooperation? Competition? How to make European Research stronger?
2.      Citizens' Dialogue for Students: How to improve international mobility beyond Erasmus?
When? July 14 from 1:30 to 2:45 
Where? Pierres Baudis 
  • Guillaumet 1
  • Spot
ESOF 2018 is all about Europe… Debates will be in English.
Access to ESOF 2018 is free on July 14 but pre-registration is mandatory at
* Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.



Tuesday 10-July-18

10:15 am

Old ExCom (Only for EuroScience Executive Committee)

Novotel, Tango Vivo room

13:30 pm

Old GB (only outgoing GB members)

Novotel, Milonga room

Wednesday 11-July-18

7:30 am

EuroScience joint breakfast old/new GB

Hotel Mercure, meeting roomToulouse” 

10:15 am

EuroScience General Assembly(all members)

Novotel, Cumparsita + Tango Vivo + Milonga room

12:30 pm

EuroScience New Governing Board (only incoming GB members

Novotel, Cumparsita Room

13:30 pm

Optional: SCI-DOC festival - CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF WOMEN IN SCIENCE The key role of TV and New Media (organised by EuroScience)

Congress center: Dimanod room

Thursday 12-July-18

10:15 am

Optional: Gathering of grant recipients (all GB members, organised by EuroScience)

Novotel, Cumparsita + Tango Vivo + Milonga room

12:30 pm

EuroScience High-level luncheon(Upon invitation only

Novotel, Tango Vivo & Milonga Room

17:00 pm

Rammal and EYRA Award ceremony (all GB, ES/ESOF friends)

Amphi Gavarnie, Hotel Mercure

18:15 pm

EuroScience reception (all GB, ES/ESOF friends)

Patio near l'amphi Gavarnie (Mercure)

Friday 13-July-18

10:15 am

Optional: EuroScience session held by the NewHoRRIzon project

Congress center: Diamond room

Saturday 14-July-18

10:30 am

Optional: Press conference, ESOF2020 Trieste 

Press room



Meeting of ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and ERC research grant holders

Personne de contact: Prof. Axel Cleremans (axcleer@ulb.ac.be) ou Sabine Simmross (sabine.simmross@ec.europa.eu).

Networking - CCI Toulouse 31

Table ronde et soirée networking Nouvelle Economie et Croissance

La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Toulouse Haute-Garonne en partenariat avec l’Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées organise dans le cadre de l’EuroScience Open Forum, ESOF, une table ronde sur :

La stratégie digitale au service de la croissance !

Accueil, introduction par Philippe Robardey ,  Président de la CCI Toulouse Haute-Garonne

Table ronde animée par Lionel Zécri

Intervenants :

Simon Bretin,  Digital Place

Vincent Grégoire-Delory,  Ecole Supérieure d’Ethique des Sciences et de la Santé

Loïc Lagarde,  Santé Discount

Laurent Bernede,  We Farm Up

Vincent Gontard,  SQLI

Mercredi 11 juillet 2018 de 18h30 à 20h salle Doumergue, Palais Consulaire.

Cette table ronde sera prolongée par un temps de networking convivial qui se tiendra dans la cour du Palais Consulaire avec possibilité de restauration.


L’Intelligence Artificielle

Accueil, introduction par Philippe Robardey,  Président de la CCI Toulouse Haute-Garonne

Table ronde animée par Patrick Givanovitch

Intervenants :

Luc Marta de Andrade,  Think tank NXU

Nicholas Asher,  IRIT- Université Fédérale Toulouse MP

Pascal Boyeau,  Cyclomedia

Romain Vié,  Pixience

Patrick Seguela,  Synapse

Jeudi 12 juillet 2018 de 18h30 à 20h salle Doumergue, Palais Consulaire.

Cette table ronde sera prolongée par un temps de networking convivial qui se tiendra dans la cour du Palais Consulaire avec possibilité de restauration.

CCI Toulouse Haute-Garonne - 2 rue d'Alsace-Lorraine - 31000 Toulouse (métro - parking : Esquirol ou Carmes), Plan d'accès et coordonnées

Inscription gratuite obligatoire, attention le nombre de place est limité

A European view on the recent public consultation on bioethics in France.



Table ronde"Un regard européen sur les Etats généraux de la bioéthique en France" / Round Table: A European view on the recent public consultation on bioethics in France.

Date : le 12 juillet 2018 de 10h30 à 12h

Lieu /Location : Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, 2 Rue du Doyen Gabriel Marty, 31042 Toulouse - Amphithéâtre Maury (amphithéâtre E, site de l'Arsenal (Rue des puits creusés / Place G. Marty), traverser le hall principal, couloir de droite, deuxième à gauche)

Animée par / Moderated by:

  • Emmanuelle RIAL-SEBBAG, Directrice de recherche Inserm et responsable de la Plateforme Ethique et Biosciences (Genotoul Societal)
  • Jim DRATWA, Responsable du secrétariat du Groupe européen d’éthique des sciences et des nouvelles technologies de la Commission européenne

Entrée gratuite sans inscription. Contact (antonia.segura-terradas@inserm.fr)

La table ronde est en français mais des interventions/questions en anglais sont possibles. The round table is in French but questions and comments in English are welcome.

World Science Forum 2019 Budapest Steering Committee meeting

World Science Forum is a biennial event initiated by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and organised jointly by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Science Council (ISC), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC). The 2019 Budapest Forum will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the enterprise organised first as the World Conference on Science by UNESCO in 1999.

Arrangements for the upcoming Budapest World Science Forum have already started with the planned dates of 20-23 November 2019. The renewed Steering Committee of the 2019 Forum, comprising leaders of WSF partner organisations, outstanding scientists and science diplomats from all over the world will be first convened at the EuroScience Open Forum in Toulouse on July 10, 2018 between 15:00 and 19:00 in the afternoon.

ESOF Radio Show

Pythagoras' Trousers Toulouse


Pythagoras' Trousers ‏
Throughout ESOF 2018 and the Science in the City festival, Rhys Phillips presented 20 episodes of Pythagoras' Shorts. 
Coverage included:
  • Science Village
  • Women in Science exhibition
  • Science Slam
  • ECSJ 2018 including Monday field trip
  • Palaeontology discovery at the museum
  • Daily coverage of the ESOF conference itself

You can listen online now at https://www.mixcloud.com/pythagoras_trousers/playlists/pythagoras-shorts-esof-2018/

Follow Rhys and the show on twitter: @rhys_phillips and @pythagtrousers


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 ESOF 2018 Science  Sculptor Sébastien Langloys

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Anne Cambon - Thomsen  

ESOF Champion 2018 

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Carlos Moedas - European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

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YESOF with the Mascot ESOF Toulouse 2018 and the students of Lycée Rive Gauche of Toulouse