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The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), held once every two years, is the largest interdisciplinary science event in Europe. It brings together over 4 000 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from all over the world to discuss current and future breakthroughs in science. The 8th edition of ESOF will take place in Toulouse, France, from 9 till 14 July 2018.
This year, the ERC will be present at ESOF with ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and nearly 40 grantees.  

 

Monday 9 July

09:00 –13:40
DG RTD Satellite event "Making our ambition a reality under Horizon Europe": Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation in EU Research
Conseil Départemental de la Haute Garonne, Pavillon de la République 1
Info and programme here


Tuesday 10 July

10:15 –11:30
Science diplomacy on the ground: protecting researchers in difficult environments

Conseil départmental de la Haute Garonne, Salle du rez de chaussée
ERC grantees: Alia Gana, Barak Kalir, Emma Loosely, Silvana Mandolessi, Martin Saxer
Moderated by Angela Liberatore, ERC

15:15 – 16:30
The third millennium surgeon: a robot with artificial intelligence

Conseil départmental de la Haute Garonne, Salle du rez de chaussée
ERC grantees: Sir Alfred Cuschieri, Paolo Fiorini, Bradley J. Nelson
Other speakers: Sanja Dogramadzi, Luigi Manfredi
Moderated by Telma Carvalho, ERC


Wednesday 11 July

13:30 – 14:45
Growing mini-organs on a petri dish: myth or reality

Conseil départmental de la Haute Garonne, Pavillon extérieur
ERC grantees: Juergen Knoblich, Elena Martinez Fraiz
Other speakers: Jens Puschhof
Moderated by Marjam Benjdia, ERC

13:30 – 14:45
Clean Flights – Blue Skies

Conseil départmental de la Haute Garonne, Salle du rez de chaussée
ERC grantees: Giulia Lanzara, Aimee Morgans
Other speakers: Laurent Thomasson
Moderated by George Symeonidis, ERC

13:30 –14:45
Women in science: let's change the world    

Hotel Mercure Toulouse Centre, room TBC
ERC speaker: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
Other speakers: Daniel Conley, Veronique Garcon, Alberto Montanari
Moderated by Claudia Alves, ERC

17:00-18:45
The lost generation of European scientists: how to make the system more sustainable?

Venue TBC
Amongst the speakers: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon


Thursday 12 July

17:00- 18:15
European Grants for brilliant minds from across the world

Pierre Baudis Congress Centre, room Spot
ERC grantee: Eva Hevia
Other speakers: Sophie Beernaerts, Angela Liberatore (ERC), Graham Wilkie
Moderated by Agatha Stasiak

18:30-19:30
Pâtisserie with the Prof. (organized by ESOF)

Venue TBC
Amongst the speakers: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon


Friday 13 July

8:30-9:45
Plenary Panel discussion: Inequalities in European Science (organized by ESOF)

Venue TBC
Amongst the speakers: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

10:15-11:30
The impact of atmospheric particles on climate and health

Pierre Baudis Congress Centre, Auditorium
ERC grantees: Markus Kalberer, Athanasios Nenes, Ilona Riipinen, Bernadett Weinzierl
Moderated by Martin Penny, ERC

12:00-12:30
Press briefing: challenges and promises of synthetic biology

Press conference room, level 3
Speakers: ERC grantees David Bikard, Nikolai Windbichler, and ERC team members Maria Lluch, Benjamin Lichman

13:30-14:45
Challenges and promises of synthetic biology

Palais des Sports, room Handball
ERC grantees: David Bikard, Nikolai Windbichler
Other speakers: Maria Lluch, Benjamin Lichman
Moderated by Nikolai Windbichler

13:30-14:45
Engineering Eureka: how can industry best engage in fundamental research? (organized by Airbus)

Venue TBC
Amongst the speakers: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon


More of the programme here
More information about ERC funding opportunities will be available at the DG Research and Innovation booth in the exhibition area