What is ESOF ?

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) created by EuroScience in 2004, is the largest biennial interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe, for and with society.
Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.
ESOF is one of the best opportunities for everyone from leading scientists, early careers researchers, business people, policy makers, science and technology communicators to the general public to come together to find out more about how science is helping us advance today.

The 10th edition of ESOF in 2022 will attract thousands of delegates to Leiden (Netherlands), the host city of ESOF2022 and the European City of Science 2022, during the week of the conference. Along side with the Forum, the Science in the City Festival will be held between January and December 2022 in Leiden.

ESOF 2022 in Leiden

In 2022, the city of Leiden in the Netherlands will be hosting the 10th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) and the European City of Science. The Leiden University, the Municipality of Leiden and The Hague Convention Bureau collaborate to organize the conference and the events all over the year in Leiden.

To celebrate the 10th ESOF edition as the largest biennial multidisciplinary science conference in Europe, “Leiden, City of Science” as an international knowledge city, will be promoting science and knowledge in the Netherlands and Europe. An interactive 365 day programme will run in 101 neighbourhoods in Leiden and the surrounding region, under the motto ‘A little bit wiser every day’ (‘Elke dag een stukje wijzer’).

Henri Lenferink, Mayor of Leiden stated : “In 2022, Leiden will be the stage for the top of European sciences. And what fits very well with Leiden is the ambition to inspire as many curious people as possible with new knowledge by 2022, for example with the ‘Knowledge through the Neighborhoods’ program. Preparations are in full swing and we look forward to a fantastic knowledge and science year in Leiden. In addition to the scientific offer, it also offers an interactive public program of exactly 365 days with the motto ‘Every day a bit wiser’ ”.

The Leiden European City of Science 2022 programme consists of three separate lines: Contemplate, Participate and Celebrate. The ESOF conference will be held as one of the Highlights taking place from the 13th to 16th July 2022 in the Contemplate programme.

Two Professors from Leiden University have been chosen as local champions for ESOF: Prof. Dr. Corinne Hofman, former dean of the Faculty of Archeology, and Prof. Dr. Ferry Breedveld, former chair of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) Executive Board. In her speech in Trieste, Hofman said: ‘With ESOF 2022 we want to emphasise the importance of science to society and, vice versa, the importance of society to science. We are seeking to involve and enter into a dialogue with citizens, politicians, entrepreneurs and opinion makers on how science works, what its added value and relevance to society is, as well as which questions need to be asked and how data should be interpreted.’