ESOF2020 News

TriesteACT 2020 - Applications Open

On the occasion of ESOF2020 Trieste, the Trieste ACT theatre estival will be part of Science in the City Festival! From 5th to 11th July 2020, ten young theatre groups will participate in a series of theatre performances, workshops and conferences open to the city of Trieste. At least half of the selected shows will focus on the theme of science and innovation, on an open-air stage in the historical city centre. The deadline to apply closes October 15 2019!

Immunotherapy in liver cancer: Reality or hope?

FIF, the Italian Liver Foundation, with the patronage of proESOF, will hold the special workshop "Immunotherapy in liver cancer: Reality or Hope" on November 20th 2019 at the Conference Hall, Building T, AREA Science Park, Sincrotrone, Basovizza, Trieste.

See below the full programme.

Open knowledge, fair future

This is ESOF2020’s new claim presented at the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists held in Lausanne from 1st to 5th July 2019…

9th Call for the 2020 European Young Researchers’ Award is now open

The European Young Researchers’ Award (EYRA), granted by EuroScience aims to inspire early stage researchers in all research areas to incorporate a European dimension and perspective into their research. Two awards are granted every two years to: a) a PhD candidate and b) a postdoctoral fellow.

The prize-giving ceremony for the two awards is held at the biennial EuroScience flagship event, EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)


Horizon Europe: 100 billion Euros and a more participatory decision-making process

An important role will be played by the new European Innovation Council, which will have a budget of 1.2 billion Euros already in 2020, as said by Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General for research and innovation at the European Commission. In the meantime, a call for highly innovative entrepreneurial projects is open until 9th October…


Loss of biodiversity and climate change, more than an environmental problem

Biodiversity loss is undermining the ability of most countries to achieve most of the sustainable development goals. The loss of biodiversity, like human-induced climate change, is also a development, economic, social and moral issue.  We discussed the subject with Sir Robert Watson who is chair of IPBES and former chair of IPCC…

ESOF2020: A record of applications

Six hundred proposals for the Trieste edition of the EuroScience Open Forum, twice as many as in the two previous editions. One year away from the event, the first acceptances from important guests, such as the mathematician Alessio Figalli, the Director of CERN Fabiola Gianotti, and the President of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Hoesung Lee.


In\visible Cities, in collaboration with proESOF Trieste 2020,  takes part in one of the major contemporary discourses with the seminar on Arts and sciences in the post-academic era scheduled for Wednesday, July 10th from 9.30 am to 1 pm at the Miela Theater in Trieste. A dialogue open to the public between experts, artists, curators of festivals and national and European events that explore the marriage between art and science.

Also, for the second consecutive year the Romanian organization Scientifica, with the support and patronage of proESOF Trieste 2020, offers a group of Romanian artists selected by call the possibility of visiting some scientific institutes based in Trieste to create new projects that link arts and sciences to be presented to the public in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) at the end of 2019.

As part of the round table Imagining the invisible - Saturday 13 July at 6.30 pm at the Santa Chiara Museum - Romanian artists will have the opportunity to get in touch and confront a community of international artists present in Gorizia on the occasion of In/Visible Cities.

FIT - FIF Memorandum Signing - June 13th

Tomorrow, Fondazione Internazionale Trieste, ESOF2020 local organizer, will sign a memorandum with the Fondazione Italiana Fegato ONLUS (Italian Liver Foundation), with the goal of strenghtening and optimizing their relationship, to promote research, education and dissemination on translational medicine, work together to access new sources of funding and provide scholarships and grants for researchers.  Both organizations have a strong commitment to research excellence, innovation and networking on a national and international scale.

The signing will be held at FIT’s Headquarters, the Sottostazione Elettrica in the Old Port of Trieste, at 11 AM and will feature FIF President Adriano del Prete, FIT President and ESOF2020 Champion Stefano Fantoni and Claudio Tiribelli, Scientific Director of FIF.

The “Greta Thunberg Effect”: some reflections on communication

By Massimiano Bucchi

The global, wide-ranging impact of Greta Thunberg’s protest on climate change offers opportunities for reflection on the communication of science related issues.

First, the role of visible figures and spokespersons. In the current political landscape, the capacity of traditional political leaders, including environmental activists, to mobilise the public has been declining, with such figures increasingly viewed as carrying partisan interests...