Second preparatory meeting ESOF 2018
The 2nd Preparatory Meeting ESOF 2018 was held around the theme "Science, innovation and territory: an ambition in synergy? " on 8 November 2016 at the Toulouse City Hall ʺCapitoleʺ with more than 200 participants. The official ceremony was organised in the framework of this meeting to celebrate the designation of Toulouse as “European City of Science”.
Jean-Luc Moudenc, Mayor of Toulouse and President of Toulouse Métropole, has thus launched the preparation of the largest interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe: a challenge that requires a strong mobilisation of all stakeholders.
Anne Cambon-Thomsen, ESOF Champion 2018 and Emeritus Research Director at CNRS, then outlined the main pillars of ESOF and stressed the importance of sharing science by handing over the ESOF statuette to Philippe Raimbault, President of the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, the institution responsible for the project.
This ceremony was also the occasion to unveil the ESOF 2018 logo.
"We are very pleased that the Mayor of Toulouse has proposed the emblematic venue “salle des Illustres” to hold this meeting and this ceremony and personally welcomes in a symbolic way Science and all partners and actors of ESOF", said Anne Cambon-Thomsen.
In the second part of the meeting, the experts expressed their ideas regarding three main topics:
- How does the city build its future?
- What levers can encourage the sharing of science in the territories?
- How does the diffusion of innovation accelerate the development of a territory?
The meeting was concluded with a round-table discussion, which enabled the participants to exchange views with institutional representatives on various issues related to the ESOF 2018 organisation. Jean-Pierre Alix, member of the EuroScience Board, recalled the reasons for the selection of Toulouse as a host city of the next ESOF. At the closing of the meeting, Bertrand Monthubert, Regional Councillor for Higher Education and Research, emphasised the importance of sharing science and its link with society.