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 President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and over 20 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

Baudis Congress Centre
ERC grantees: Alia Gana, Barak Kalir, Emma Loosely, Silvana Mandolessi, Martin Saxer
Other speakers: Frank Kuhn
Moderated by Angela Liberatore

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

Baudis Congress Centre
ERC grantees: Sir Alfred Cuschieri, Paolo Fiorini, Bradley J. Nelson
Other speakers: Sanja Dogramadzi, Luigi Manfredi
Moderated by Telma Carvalho

Wednesday 11 July

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

Baudis Congress Centre
ERC grantees: Juergen Knoblich, Elena Martinez Fraiz
Other speakers: Jens Puschhof
Moderated by Marjam Benjdia

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

Baudis Congress Centre
ERC grantees: Giulia Lanzara, Aimee Morgans
Other speakers: Laurent Thomasson
Moderated by George Symeonidis

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

Baudis Congress Centre
ERC speaker: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
Other speakers: Daniel Conley, Veronique Garcon, Alberto Montanari
Moderated by Claudia Alves

ERC president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will also take part in the following non-ERC session

The lost generation of European scientists: how to make the system more sustainable?

Venue TBC

Thursday 12 July

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

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

Pâtisserie with the Prof. (organized by ESOF)

Venue TBC
With ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Friday 13 July

Plenary Panel discussion: Inequalities in European Science (organized by ESOF)

Venue TBC
With ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

The impact of atmospheric particles on climate and health

Baudis Congress Centre
ERC grantees: Markus Kalberer, Athanasios Nenes, Ilona Riipinen, Bernadett Weinzierl
Moderated by Claudia Alves

Challenges and promises of synthetic biology

Baudis Congress Centre
ERC grantees: David Bikard, Scott Farrow, Nikolai Windbichler
Other speakers: Maria Lluch
Moderated by Nikolai Windbichler

Engineering Eureka: how can industry best engage in fundamental research? (organized by Airbus)

Venue TBC
With ERC President 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