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Opening Ceremony: Céad Míle Fáilte




Keynote Address: Mary Robinson "Equity and Climate Science"


Careers Programme Keynote Address: Daniel Funeriu "From science lab to science minister - a perspective" and the European Young Researchers' Awards
    Thursday July 12, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Auditorium

    Dr. Funeriu will deliver a 30 minute keynote address entitled "From Science Lab to Science Minister - a Perspective".

    Following the keynote address, Professor Enric Banda  will present the European Young Researchers' Award to the winners for 2011 and 2012, who will then give a 5 minute summary of their research.


    Session Chair: Conor O'Carroll, Research Director, Irish Universities Association

    Marie Curie Fellow, Adviser to the President of Romania

    President of Euroscience

    Type Careers Programme, Keynote Address
    Tags CP2


Science and the future of cuisine
    Thursday July 12, 2012 12:15pm - 1:45pm @ Auditorium

    Cuisine is both an essential daily dose and a strong marker of national identity. It is also an ever changing entity. In recent years the workshop for new foods and new cuisine is taking food out of the kitchen and in to the lab. Indeed the role for those who wish to create new haute cuisine is really changing from ‘head chef’ to ‘head scientist’. The scientific approach to food became popularised as something of a novel notion for the elite in society, yet now it has become the norm in approaching everything that we eat. Sustainability too brings about a necessary task in changing the way we look at and source our food. This teases us to find new ways and new solutions to how we maintain both ourselves and our food sources. This session will look at the progressive role that science is playing in the advancement of cuisine and the way we look at food. Panellists of this lunchtime session will include the ‘father of molecular gastronomy’; Hervé This (AgroParisTech), President Obama’s Executive Pastry Chef; Bill Yosses, and Mark Post (Maastricht University) who has developed a process for growing meat in vitro. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be able to sample some futuristic cuisine.

     Executive Pastry Chef, White House, USA

    AgroParisTech, France

    Executive Director, American College of Real Estate Lawyers...

    Maastricht University, The Netherlands

    Type Science Programme, Science & Culture
  • Organiser Albert H. Teich, Eva Dowling
  • Tags SP15


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


Keynote Address: Peter Doherty (Nobel Laureate) "Influenza: immunity and other issues"


North America & Europe Symposium: The Atlantic - a Shared Resource
    Thursday July 12, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ Auditorium

    The Atlantic Symposium will feature four keynote speakers, two from Europe and two from the USA, who will set the scene for an Expert Panel Discussion involving the keynote speakers and distinguished leaders in the field of marine sciences from Europe and United States. The Symposium will explore the historical, cultural and scientific links across the North Atlantic Ocean, our current knowledge of how the Atlantic ecosystem functions, the marine economic, social and environmental challenges and opportunities we face and the benefits of cooperation.


    Keynote Presentations


    The Atlantic Ocean - how it works: presenting our understanding of the Atlantic ecosystem, its evolution, hydrodynamics and ecology.

    Keynote Speaker: Prof Michael St John, Technical University of Denmark.


    The Atlantic Resource Base: describing the socio-economic and environmental resource base, including climate change impacts, which affect both today and likely future experiences of ordinary citizens.

    Keynote Speaker: Dr Michael Crosby, MOTE Marine Laboratory, Florida, USA.


    Opportunities for Scientific Collaboration: exploring the opportunities and benefits of co-operation across the Atlantic in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

    Keynote Speaker: Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director General, Research and Innovation, European Commission.


    Panel Discussion

    Chair: Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute, Ireland.

    The four Keynote Speakers will be joined by:

    Dr David Conover, Director, Division of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation, USA.

    Prof James J. McCarty, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography, Harvard University, USA.

    Dr Scott Glenn, Professor of Physical Oceanography, Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, USA.

    Dr Sybille van den Hove, Visiting Professor, University of Barcelona, member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA).




    MOTE Marine Laboratory, Florida, USA.

    Chief Executive, Marine Institute, Ireland

    Director General, Research and Innovation, European Commissi...

    Technical University of Denmark

    Type Partnership Symposia
    Host Organization Marine Institute
  • Organiser Helen Boles
  • Tags PS1


Keynote Address: Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. "NASA and a New Era of Space Exploration"


Keynote Address: Máire Geoghegan-Quinn "Collaboration, competition, connection - evidence of intelligent design in European science policy?"


ASEAN - EU Partnership Symposium: A Year of Science
    Friday July 13, 2012 10:45am - 12:45pm @ Auditorium

    In the context of the ‘EU-ASEAN Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012’*, the main objectives of this symposium are to: 

    • Promote bi‐regional cooperation between the EU and ASEAN by highlighting good practices of mutual benefit;
    • Facilitate an exchange of ideas and information on national and bi‐lateral science, technology and innovation (STI) policies and programmes;
    • Discuss global societal issues with ASEAN and EU stakeholders with a view to identifying priorities for future EU-ASEAN STI cooperation.


    * The EU-ASEAN Year of Science, Technology and Innovation consists of a series of events and initiatives such as conferences and workshops aiming at fostering EU-ASEAN STI cooperation. The EU and ASEAN are working on a detailed programme, with the support of the SEA-EU-NET FP7 project. The ASEAN–EU Year also contributes to strengthen the political dialogue between the two regions in support of STI cooperation, and to increase awareness of funding opportunities, especially among young scientists.

    Head of International Relations Department, Royal Netherlands...

    Senior Research Fellow, BIOTEC, National S&T Development Agency...

    European Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science...

    Director General, Research and Innovation, European Commissi...

    Marie Curie fellow at European Organization for Nuclear Research...

    University of Ghent, Belgium

    Vice-President of Nanyang Technological University, Singapor...

    Type Partnership Symposia
    Host Organization European Commission
  • Organiser Jean-Michel Sers
  • Tags PS2


The Great Debate on the battle to feed a changing planet
    Friday July 13, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Auditorium

    Climate change is a global problem that threatens the well being of future generations. The latest IPCC report suggests that global greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 50% by 2050 in order to avoid irreversible climate change. Hunger is a global problem that already affects 1 billion people. The UN estimates that food production, a significant component of GHG emissions, will need to increase by 70% by 2050. How can we curb emissions from food production and provide access to affordable food for everyone? Achieving both goals simultaneously will require hard and controversial choices; how can we be sure we make the right ones?
    A panel of high profile international speakers will explore questions such as “Will we starve or will we burn?' and “Can the world grow food at affordable prices and deal with climate change?”. The legacy of this event will be joint global research actions arising from the meeting of the EU Joint Programme Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, the Global Research Alliance and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

     ILRI, Kenya

    Space Broadcaster and Journalist, Ireland  

    University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Newcastle University, UK

    University of California - Davis, USA

    Nobel Peace Prize (2007); Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel...

    Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, UK

    Type Science Programme, Energy Environment & Climate
    Host Organization Teagasc
  • Organiser Rogier Schulte
  • Tags SP43


Keynote Address: Bob Geldof "Making a Difference"


Debate on Scientific Publishing and Open Access
    Friday July 13, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm @ Auditorium

    This session will consider the issue of Quality Control in Scientific Publishing, both in the context of publication in for-profit journals and also in the context of a future move to Open Access journals. Against the backdrop of:

    • The proliferation of journals and the burgeoning of scientific publications,
    • Recent controversies over publication and subsequent corrections and retractions of flawed and fraudulent papers,
    • On-going community and political agitation for Open Access (OA),

    the following questions will be posed:

    1. Is the transition to full and immediate open access to research papers inevitable?
    2. Does the growth of open access threaten the quality of research papers?
    3. How will the science literature evolve over the foreseeable future, and how will the roles and funds of researchers, publishers, research councils and universities need to evolve with it?
    4. How will the achievements of researchers be documented, accredited and judged in the future?

    Director of European Advocacy, Scholarly Publishing and Academic...

    Editor-in-chief, Nature, UK

    President of NWO, the Dutch National Research Organisation

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Chairman of the ESOF2012 Programme...

    President, Initiative for Science in Europe; Director, EMBO...

    Type Keynote Address, Policy | Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization ESOF2012
    Tags SP51



Keynote Address: Lisa Randall "High Energies and Short Distances"


Africa & Europe Partnership Symposium: Science for Economic Development
    Saturday July 14, 2012 10:45am - 12:45pm @ Auditorium

    In the 21st century, Africa and Europe have moved into a new relationship, with the 54 states in Africa and the 50 in Europe each responsible for their own social and economic development.  Sharing experience in the progress and use of science, and in delivering its benefits to society, are a common goal.

    This symposium will be chaired by Dr. Ismail Serageldin, with a distinguished record of promoting science for development at a global level.  Ministers of Science from South Africa, Mozambique and Rwanda will draw on their experience in diverse political and economic environments, and the Director General of the European Commission’s Research and Innovation programmes will also speak.

    The focus will be on lessons learned, and on opportunities and mechanisms for effective cooperation.

    Head Science-policy, UNESCO (fmr. Minister for Science, Moza...

    Minister of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa...

    Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

    Director General, Research and Innovation, European Commissi...

    Director, TWAS, Italy (fmr. Minister for Science, Rwanda...

    Type Partnership Symposia
    Host Organization ESOF2012
  • Organiser Patrick Cunningham
  • Tags PS3


Keynote Address: Rolf-Dieter Heuer "The search for a deeper understanding of our universe at the Large Hadron Collider: the World’s Largest Particle Accelerator"
    Saturday July 14, 2012 2:45pm - 3:45pm @ Auditorium

    With the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, particle physics entered a new era. The LHC will provide a deeper understanding of the universe and the insights gained could change our view of the world, and the talk will present some of the reasons for the excitement surrounding the LHC. The LHC is expected to yield insights into the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter and the existence of hidden extra dimensions. This talk will address the exciting physics prospects offered by the LHC, present latest results and also a look forward.

     Session Chair: Dr. Ronan McNulty, School of Physics, University College Dublin

    Rolf-Dieter Heuer is the director general of CERN, the European Organization f...

    Type Keynote Address
    Tags KN21


The personal genome and the future of medicine
    Saturday July 14, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Auditorium

    Remarkable technological advances have decreased DNA sequencing costs and made it practical to undertake complete human genome sequencing on a large scale for the first time. The dramatic price decline is expected to give rise to widespread personal genome sequencing that should radically advance biomedical research, facilitate drug development, and lead to reduced health care costs.

    Key to realising these benefits will be biology's success in providing contextual interpretation of the biological and medical relevance of the detected sequence variants in a genome.

    The rationale for this session is to contribute to the important task of informing and engaging the public in reflections about the benefits and risks they can realistically expect of personal genome analysis, to prevent over-interpretation and misunderstanding of such information.

    German Cancer Research Centre, Germany

    German Cancer Research Centre, Germany

    European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany

    Joint Head of Unit and Senior Scientist, European Molecular Biology...

    Lancaster University, UK

    Type Science Programme, The Future of Medicine & Health
    Host Organization European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Organiser Halldor Stefansson
  • Tags SP73


Keynote Address: Craig Venter "From Reading to Writing the Genetic Code"


Keynote Address: Huanming Yang "Genomics and 'the Century of Biology' "
    Sunday July 15, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am @ Auditorium


    The Year of 2013 will see global celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the official completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP). The most significant impact by the HGP on life sciences is the “-omics-ization”. As the core technology of genomics, sequencing has provided “a starting point to orient and enable hypothesis-driven research” and has laid “the digital foundation onto which the systems approaches of the future will be built”. With the further strengthened belief and vision, BGI has taken opportunities of the 3 breakthroughs in sequencing technology, and, together with its global collaborators, has sequenced and analyzed numerous genomes of humans, other animals, plants and microorganisms, releasing approximately 650, 000 Gb sequence data as of the end of 2011. Sequencing is at a new era of providing “reference genome sequence” for every species, many individual genomes for “genome diversity/variations of a species” and those with identified traits for “phenotypic sequencing”, as well as for “applied genomics” in agriculture and health. A combination of molecular biology techniques, SC/iPC, animal cloning, synthetic biology and genomics, as well as other future emerging techs, will make the 21 century a real “Century of Biology”.

    Session Chair: Prof. David J. McConnell, Professor of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin

    Director of Beijing Genomics Institute, China

    Type Keynote Address
    Tags KN23


China & Europe Partnership Symposium: Science and the City of the Future
    Sunday July 15, 2012 10:45am - 12:45pm @ Auditorium

    Since 2006, more than half of global humanity lives in cities. Within a few generations, this figure will exceed 80%. Nowhere is the challenge of rapid urbanisation of society proceeding faster than in China. The China-Europe partnership symposium on Science and the City of the Future will bring together leading scientists from both regions to examine the challenges and opportunities for applying science to develop sustainable, efficient and liveable cities fit for the 21st century and beyond. We will be joined by experts in urban planning, city ecology,  embedded information and communication technologies, and the application of the emerging sciences of complexity to understanding the deep dynamics of city living. The challenges ahead are immense; but we look forward to welcoming ESOF2010 delegates, and our partner audiences in China, and around the world, to engage together in a timely and critical reflection on science, technology and the city of the future.

    Lab Director, IBM Research Ireland   Lisa Amini is a Distinguished...

    Vice President & Secretary General, Urban Planning Society...

    Director, Urban Systems Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.   Rusong...

    University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France   Denise Pumain...

    Type Partnership Symposia
    Host Organization Dublin City University
  • Organiser Barry McMullin
  • Tags PS4


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