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Hot Science 1: "Tiny but mighty: How today's nano-materials will lead to tomorrow's technologies"
    Thursday July 12, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1


    This talk will introduce nanoscience and nanomaterials for a lay audience. This will lead into a description of some of the research on-going in Prof Coleman’s group with an emphasis on the practical applications of this work. Finally, collaborations with industry will be discussed and the possibility of commercialising such research explored.



    Professor of Chemical Physics, SFI Researcher of the Year 2011...

    Type Events, Science Programme
    Host Organization ESOF2012
    Tags SP96


Alien Deep - premiere of National Geographic documentary
    Thursday July 12, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ Auditorium

    Discovery of mid-Atlantic deep-sea Smokers


    The episode, part of a five-part series to be televised in the Autumn, shows the discovery of a rare system of deep sea smoking volcanic vents and three-story chimneys in the mid-Atlantic.  A hotbed of evolution in overdrive, the programme shows a site teeming with strange animals that have been living there for thousands of years.


    Type Events
    Host Organization Marine Institute
  • Organiser Helen Boles


Dr Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
    Thursday July 12, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research aims to extend the legacy of Dr. Paul Janssen by honouring the work of an active scientist in academia, industry or a scientific institute.


    The award was created in honour of  Dr Paul Janssen by Johnson & Johnson in 2004 with the following goals:

    1. To honour the memory of Dr. Paul, his dedication to excellence and his leadership of young scientists.
    2. To promote, recognize and reward passion and creativity in biomedical research.
    3. To underline Johnson & Johnson's commitment to scientific excellence in the advance of healthcare knowledge while fulfilling its responsibility in the community.



    VP, Global R&D Communications, Johnson & Johnson, USA...

    Silverman Professor of Natural Sciences,  University of Massachusetts...

    Type Events
    Host Organization Janssen Pharmaceutical
  • Organiser Frederik Wittock
  • Tags EP1



"Eye of the Sky" Photographic Exhibition
    Friday July 13, 2012 8:00am - 6:00pm @ 3rd Floor Foyer

    As a contribution to the ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012, the photographic exhibition “Eye of the Sky” show dramatic satellite images of Southeast Asia from the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The pictures illustrate the fast pace of transformation of natural landscapes by human activity.


    Science addresses the challenges posed by this transformation by developing sustainable land use systems, efficient water technologies, risk and disaster management concepts, exploring renewable energy sources and planning the city of tomorrow. To highlight the ever closer cooperation between Southeast Asia and Europe, all images are linked to actual joint research projects, funded by either the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany or the EU-FP7-programme.


    "Eye of the Sky" was created so that the wider public could enjoy the beauty of nature and be informed about the advancement of scientific collaboration between Southeast Asia and Europe. 


    Type Events
    Host Organization International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
  • Organiser Christoph Elineau
  • Tags EP12


Hot Science 2: Shale gas fracking: Global problem or a global solution?
    Friday July 13, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1

    The extraction of shale gas is the subject of global debate, with many concerned over potential risks associated with the process. Very little is known about the geological, environmental and health impacts. The scientific and engineering communities are starting to contribute to the debate on the future of shale gas extraction.


    Fracking is not new, but the method has recently spread across the globe. Many nations view it as a replacement to traditional fossil fuels, or a means to avoid relying on others for their fuel needs.


     The Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK have launched a review into the geological, environmental and technical risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, and the National Academy of Sciences has hosted workshops on the public health impacts, with a report into the seismicity imminent.


    The debate is not driven by science, but by the spread of the practice, particularly into populated areas, but science is responding. This session will explore the issues that are arising. 


    Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

    Freelance science journalist

    Professor in Applied and Environmental Geophysics, Keele University...

    University of Strathclyde, UK

    Type Events, Science Programme
    Host Organization Nature Publishing Group
  • Organiser Ruth Francis


The perennial career dilemma: academia or industry - is there a third way?
    Friday July 13, 2012 12:15pm - 1:15pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    It is a fact well-known to HR professionals and educators worldwide: young people who wish to build a long-lasting career in life sciences always end-up facing a dilemma. Will they build a career in the academic world, or will they go into industry (big pharma or biotech alike)?

    What if this dilemma didn't exist and a flexible career-structure was possible in which researchers could move back and forth between academia and industry?


    Can we capitalize on the best of both worlds, faciliate cross-fertilization and make life-long learning a reality? Is this a model in which we should invest? 


    We have asked five young researchers to discuss this in a lunchtime session starting from their own personal perspective – in interaction with the delegates with the aim of sparking some original thinking.


    University of Antwerp, Belgium

    University of Antwerp, Belgium

    Research Director, Irish Universities Association

    Ion Mincu University Bucharest, Romania

    University Belgrade, Serbia

    Janssen Infectious Diseases, Belgium

    Type Careers Programme, Events
    Host Organization Janssen Pharmaceutical
  • Organiser Frederik Wittock
  • Tags EP11


Media Networking and Social gathering


Presidents' Dinner


Gathering of Euroscience Travel Grant recipients
    Saturday July 14, 2012 9:30am - 10:15am @ Wicklow Meeting Room 4

    A number of organisations, including the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland, the Swedish Research Council (VR), le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), in cooperation with Euroscience offered travel grants through open calls to help young researchers who wished to attend ESOF2012.

    A special get-together is being organised by Euroscience for the recipients of these grants.


    1. Pauline Mattsson, Euroscience Governing Board member, will introduce the session (10 min),
    2. Eamonn O’Brien, the Founder and CEO of The Reluctant Speakers Club and also a long time member of ESOMAR, the world association of research professionals, will advise on effective networking (20min),
    3. The European Young Researchers’ Award (EYRA) winner for 2011 Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk will present her own career as inspiration (5 min)
    4. ESOF 2014 Champion professor Klaus Bock, Chairman of the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), will look already ahead to ESOF in Copenhagen (5 min).

    Please note that this is a closed session and the attendance is by personal invitation only.


    Founder and CEO of The Reluctant Speakers Club

    Champion ESOF2014, Chairman of the Danish National Research...

    Euroscience Governing Board

    Type Events
    Host Organization Euroscience
  • Organiser Marie Suchanova


Science meets Poetry III
    Saturday July 14, 2012 9:30am - 1:00pm @ Trinity College, Dublin

    Venue: The Schrödinger Theatre, Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College, Dublin

    Map: http://goo.gl/vB4jQ



    "Science meets Poetry” is a unique feature of the ESOF meetings: it was born in Munich, was considerably extended in Barcelona (2008) and came to maturity in Turin (2010). It aims to bring contemporary creative poets into the midst of a scientific meeting to discuss the two-way relationship of poetry to science and how each benefits the other. Both of the previous meetings led to the publication of a book of proceedings by Euroscience. 

    The event is NOT an occasion for all and sundry (even the invited speakers) to read selections of their own poems. Rather, it focuses on general themes, of interest to both scientists and poets, and in particular, to ESOF delegates. Distinguished poets from all over the world have participated in the previous meetings. The Science meets Poetry session of ESOF is now well-regarded in many literary circles and enhances the reputation of science. 

    This third incarnation of the event will feature four evocative and provocative talks:


    Dublin: a European capital of Poetry
    Dublin can claim, through such household names as James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and Oscar Wilde, to be one of the major haunts of poets on the planet. Further to this glorious history, what is the literary landscape around Dublin today?
    Maurice Riordan (contemporary Irish Poet)

    The Two Williams: Hamilton and Wordsworth

    Can the scientist be a poet, or the poet come to terms with science? A physicist and poet analyses the epistolary exchanges between two lifelong friends: a great scientist who longed to be a poet and a poet who rejected the technology of his time.
    Iggy McGovern (Professor of Physics and Poet, Trinity College Dublin)

    The Gothic myths, Romanticism and the birth of Ecology
    From the amateur scientists Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Percy Bysshe Shelley, via Lord Byron and Mary Shelley’s gothic fantasies to Wordsworth, is Romanticism the source of the ‘Green Movement’, and how does the love-hate relationship between science and poetry feed into poetry today? As seen by a contemporary French poet.
    Chaunes* (poet) alias Jean-Patrick Connerade (Emeritus Professor Imperial College London, President European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters)

    The Science of Love and the Love of Science

    How much of love is molecular, determined by genes and laws of selection, as argued by some biologists today, and how much is it unique, nurtured by the human species through its artists and (especially) its poets? A young contemporary poet, author of a recent play centred on the myth of  Dom Juan, takes up the challenge posed by modern biologists on behalf of the poets.
    Christophe Goarant Correa de Sà (Poet, teacher, Société des Poètes Français)

    Société des Poètes Français

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Imperial College London, UK. European Academy of Sciences Arts...

    Contemporary Irish Poet

    Type Events
    Host Organization Euroscience
  • Organiser Jean-Patrick Connerade (Chaunes)
  • Tags EP8


Hot Science 3


Euroscience General Assembly and presentation of Rammal Award
    Saturday July 14, 2012 10:45am - 12:45pm @ Liffey Hall 2

    The formal business of the General Assembly will be followed by addresses from two distinguished speakers, the award ceremeony and a reception. These events are open to all conference participants:


    1. The importance of European Science and Science-based Policy Making (Prof. Anne Glover),
    2. The importance of SESAME for scientific and political cooperation in the Middle East and the Mediterranean (Prof. Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith),
    3. Rammal Award Ceremony,
    4. Reception (Wicklow Room 4).


    Euroscience has been responsible since 1999 for the attribution of the Rammal Award created in memory of the great Lebanese physicist, Rammal RAMMAL (1951-1991). The medal is awarded each year to an outstanding personality of strong scientific stature from one of the Mediterranean countries, who, through his life and activity (whether in fundamental or applied research, teaching, or the integration of knowledge), has elevated scientific exchanges in this part of the world, rich with ancient tradition. The Award can also be shared by several recipients, and/or awarded to an organisation.

    Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission...

    President of Euroscience

    Secretary General of Euroscience

    Chair of the Board of SESAME

    Type Events
    Host Organization Euroscience
  • Organiser Peter Tindemans
  • Tags EP4


International Consortium of Research Staff Associations
    Saturday July 14, 2012 10:45am - 12:45pm @ Ecocem Room

    The public ESOF2012 session will provide a platform for discussion of challenges shared in common by a mobile, international research workforce, best practices for addressing these common challenges, and the effects that these challenges have upon the global research enterprise. Until recently, national associations were relatively isolated and rarely communicated with one another. The past two years have seen increasing communication between national associations in Ireland (IRSA www.irsa.ie ), the United Kingdom (UKRSA www.ukrsa.org.uk), the United States (NPA www.nationalpostdoc.org/ ), Canada, and South Africa, ultimately leading to the development of an international consortium. The international consortiums will be collaboration between national associations and include reciprocal arrangements with other researcher associations such as the Global Young Academy (GYA), Eurodoc, and the World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS).

    The session will discuss plans for making the nascent European Research Staff Association (EURSA) and the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICORSA).

    Two core themes will be addressed:

    Panel 1: What are research staff associations and their value to their countries? What are researchers and their value to the community?     

    Panel 2: What are the policy issues that research staff associations address? How can ICoRSA offer guidance to international policy bodies?

    Dr Gordon Dalton is the International chair of the Irish Research...

    Type Events
    Host Organization Irish Research Staff Association
  • Organiser Gordon Dalton
  • Tags EP5


Lost Down Memory Lane


Euroscience Science Writers Award Ceremony


ESOF Party



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