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The Invention Convention
    Thursday July 12, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Wicklow Hall 2B

    The Science to Business Programme at ESOF 2012 provides an unique opportunity for participants to showcase creative excellence and ground breaking innovation at the 'Invention Convention', the first of its kind at such a conference. It is a competitive opportunity for 15 people (professionals, innovators, entrepreneurs, Masters students, PhD candidates or Post Docs) to stand on a platform and pitch their innovation in 3 minutes to a panel of distinguished judges comprising of experts from both the academic and business sectors.


    The objective of this session is to give delegates with wonderfully creative minds from across the world the opportunity to showcase their innovation and for their work to be recognised as a ground breaking innovation at Europe’s largest General Science conference. There are significant prizes available to the winners and outside of the session itself, the 15 finalists will get an opportunity to meet with a select group of successful entrepreneurs and business angels to discuss ways of commercialising their innovation. This will not only provide a platform for future mentoring but it will also introduce innovators to potential investors.

    Type Science-2-Business
    Host Organization ESOF2012
  • Organiser Ciara Backwell; Raomal Perera
  • Tags BP15



Science crossing boundaries: the Nordic e-Science initiative
    Friday July 13, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Wicklow Hall 2B

    To meet the current challenges in e.g. health and human environment, extensive efforts in science and technology are needed. In such endeavours, e-science research and a highly advanced information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure are crucial facilitators. In 2011, the Nordic eScience Initiative has been initiated, providing a framework for Nordic, European and global collaboration within key areas of science and development of the next generation of ICT infrastructure. The goal of the initiative is to enable cross-national, cross-disciplinary research efforts in areas that have been pointed out to be of critical importance both to the Nordic countries and to the global community.
    To make the discussion on how to remove obstacles to science crossing boundaries more concrete, examples will be provided from the focus areas of the Nordic e-science initiative with particular emphasis on research on health registers, biobanks and climate.

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany Chair of...

    Oregon State University, USA

    The Swedish Reseach Council, Sweden

    BBC, UK Described by The Times as both "the world's most enthusiastic...

    NordForsk, Norway

    Type Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization NordForsk
  • Organiser Sverker Holmgren
  • Tags SP48



What is the impact of sustainable energy technologies?
    Saturday July 14, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Wicklow Hall 2B

    In recent years it has become clear that we need to develop a sustainable energy system, producing and using energy in a more respectful relationship with the environment.. Nevertheless the public, and even specialized stakeholders, often find it difficult to evaluate the impacts of different technological options. All technologies, however sustainable, will have some impact, but what exactly is that impact? RISCS – ‘Research into Impacts and Safety in CO2 Storage’ is a European project exploring the potential environmental impacts of the geological storage of CO2, the only technology available for abating CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power plants. The session will introduce the participants to the information produced within the RISCS project on possible impacts of CO2 on onshore and offshore ecosystems and human population. It will start with a short film describing geological storage of CO2, which might be new to many. Participants will then be divided into groups. The facilitator in each group will invite the participants to take part in an interactive exercise in the form of a game, in which they are invited to imagine the types of environmental impacts from CO2 storage and how they might occur. They will then be encouraged to discover together information about the impacts and to jointly consider their likelihood. Experts will be available to answer questions and support the groups searching information and will help them reach conclusions which will be shared in general discussion at the end of the session. The objective is to experiment with a process for facilitating, through dialogue and self discovery, an understanding of the issues at stake.

    Irish Geological Survey

    Zero Emission Resource Organization, Norway

    Sapienza University of Rome

    National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysic...

    British Geological Survey, UK

    British Geological Survey, UK

    Federal Institute for Geosciences and Resources, Germany

    British Geological Survey, UK

    Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

    Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

    National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysic...

    The Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas, Greece

    Type Science Programme, Energy Environment & Climate
    Host Organization Sapienza University of Rome
  • Organiser Samuela Vercelli
  • Tags SP62


Mind the gap: connecting brain research to educational policy


What is inquiry-based science education?
    Saturday July 14, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Wicklow Hall 2B

    Inquiry based teaching methodologies have been suggested as a way to encourage and engage students in science and mathematics by increasing their interest and also by stimulating teacher motivation. This is backed up by input from employers in industry who have identified the need for graduates to have transferable skills in addition to subject knowledge. An overview of inquiry based teaching methodologies will be presented with examples from four European projects. The impact of the outcomes of these projects on informing national policies will be discussed.

    Dublin City University, Ireland

    Irish Business and Employers Confederation, Ireland

    Dublin City University, Ireland

    Dublin City University, Ireland

     University of Leicester, UK

    Type Science Programme, Engagement & Education
    Host Organization Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Organiser Eilish McLoughlin
  • Tags SP74



How to motivate scientists to engage with the public
    Sunday July 15, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Wicklow Hall 2B

    Science works for society. Much of it is funded by society. A failure to listen to the fears and concerns of society endangers the trust people have in scientists and the success of research itself. Therefore, public engagement must become an intrinsic part of research and fully integrated into the work of universities. To meet this challenge, there needs to be a change in both the processes and culture of research organisations. Scientists and policy makers in the main do not recognise how vital public engagement is to research success. How do we make researchers themselves believe in and initiate engagement activities?
    An expert panel will present current research and sociological thinking. There will also be round table discussions between experts and the audience on the issues involved, and the potential impact this wider and deeper dialogue between science and society could have on the culture of our universities.

    Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden

    Vetenskap & Allmänhet, Sweden

    Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

    Università di Padova, Italy

    Vetenskap & Allmänhet, Sweden

    National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK

    Type Science Programme, Engagement & Education
    Host Organization Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA
  • Organiser Heidi Armbruster-Domeyer
  • Tags SP82


What will power Europe's future?
    Sunday July 15, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Wicklow Hall 2B

    The catastrophic failure of the Japanese power plant in Fukushima has divided Europe over the future use of nuclear energy. In almost every country, there have been calls to reassess the risks and benefits of nuclear power and to slow down the construction of new power plants.
    The European debate raises some critical, and difficult, questions. This workshop will explore the societal, cultural and journalistic concerns. It will look at science journalism coverage of the tensions between science/technology, economical constraints and political purposes using the example of nuclear power and energy in general.
    Debaters will trigger an audience discussion about old and new roles for science journalism in democratic processes using the example of nuclear power and energy in general. A final summary may eventually lead to an action plan for a new role for science journalists in societal, scientific and political debates.

    European Union of Science Journalists' Associations, France

    Science Media Centre, London, UK

    Global Engineering Institute, Japan

    International Science Writers Association, USA

    Asahi Shimbun, Japan   Mariko TAKAHASHI is a senior staff...

    Moskowskaya Pravda, Russia; EUSJA Vice President

    P.M./Knowledge Matters magazine, Germany; EUSJA Honorary Sec...

    Type Science Programme, Energy Environment & Climate
    Host Organization European Union of Science Journalists' Associations
  • Organiser Hanns-Joachim Neubert
  • Tags SP91


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