ESOF2020 News

A journey with cutting-edge science and technology

During the Science in the City Festival visitors will be able to attend dozens of conferences and talks on various topics related to science and its relationship with society, art and more. Some of them will take place in different venues all over Trieste, some will be held in presence with streaming, and others will be held online only...

Towards a Global Consensus on Open Science

Open Science is a global movement aiming to make science more accessible, democratic, transparent and beneficial for all. Driven by unprecedented advances in our digital world, the transition to Open Science allows scientific information, data and outputs to be more widely accessible and more readily shared with the active engagement of all relevant stakeholders. By encouraging science to be more connected to societal needs and by promoting equal opportunities for all, Open Science can be a true game-changer in pressing planetary and socio-economic challenges and bridging the science, technology and innovation (STI) gaps between and within countries.

International guests from all over the world

Numerous prestigious guests and speakers have been invited. Amongst those who have confirmed is the mathematician Alessio Figalli, winner of the Fields Medal 2018. Other partipicipants will include the lifetime senator Elena Cattaneo, known for her research on the Huntington disease and on stem cells, the director general of CERN in Geneva Fabiola Gianotti, the director of the Human Technopole in Milano Iain Mattaj, the immunologist and most cited researcher in the international scientific literature Alberto Mantovani, the German climatologist Gerald Haug, the physicist and founder of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa Roberto Cingolani, the Harvard professor and one of the world’s leading authorities on the relationship between science and democracy Sheila Jasanoff, the Financial Times science editor Clive Cookson, and the French mathematician and former president of the European Research Council Jean-Pierre Bourguignon. Yet to announce confirmation of their attendance are the American economist and expert in sustainable development and public health policy and management Jeffrey Sachs, the 2001 Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, the virologist Ilaria Capua and the Dutch architect and urbanist Rem Koolhass.

A new format and an updated programme

With more than 150 sessions and over 700 speakers in an updated programme, including an innovative hybrid format and distinguished international guests, ESOF is more vital and attractive than ever. New online sessions and themes have been added: Covid-19 takes the stage at ESOF2020 with a series of meetings between the scientific community and policy-makers on the implications of the Coronavirus on public health, economics and communication. For example Thomas Hartung, the world-famous toxicologist from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore will discuss the impact of the Sars-CoV-2 infection on our brain. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, will explain why the global response to Covid-19 has been so bad. The interweaving of the production of knowledge and public information, which has been put to the test by the pandemic, will be debated by a panel of experts specialised in communication and publishing, including Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The spotlight will then focus on the dire economic consequences of the global spread of the disease.

The Science in the City Festival: several events already taking place

The EuroScience Open Forum is traditionally accompanied by one of the largest science festivals in Europe. Conceived as a bridge between ESOF and European citizens, dozens of Italian and foreign researchers will meet citizens to respond to their curiosity and their desire for knowledge and to discuss the perspectives for sustainable development. The festival involves citizens and the economic and political world, as well as artists, poets, science communicators and teachers in an exceptional direct dialogue. As the title Collisions suggests, the festival’s objective is to encourage a creative and surprising exchange of ideas, projects, knowledge and points of view: “Despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, participation by people from the city and the region has been considerable and surpassed expectations, and we are very grateful for that,” says Paola Rodari, the Festival Programme Manager. 


Prestigious partners and satellite events

Prestigious partners and satellite events

ESOF2020 has received financing in the context of the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. The Forum has been made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Italian Ministery for University and Research Affairs - MUR, the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Municipality of Trieste, and all its Principal Partners.

“Trieste European City of Science 2020,” says the governor of the Region Massimiliano Fedriga, “is the symbol of Friuli-Venezia Giulia reacting and, starting right from its links with the territory and the substantial scientific community it hosts, seeking to make maximum use of new opportunities.”

Both physical and virtual: ESOF accessible to all

The event has been redesigned to allow physical and virtual spaces to work together. The Forum will be held in the Old Port of Trieste, and in particular in Warehouses 27 and 28, the heart of the new Trieste Convention Center - TCC, a multifunctional congress centre which will be inaugurated specifically for ESOF2020.

We now more than ever need to reconnect with each other

By Stefano Fantoni

The EuroScience Open Forum - ESOF2020 Trieste will take place from 2 to 6 September with a renewed mission. Whereas, prior to the pandemic, the event represented one of the main forum for multidisciplinary discussion at  European level on changes in science and technology and their role in society, these last few months of generalised anxiety and uncertainty have added even more profound motivations for exchange and debate.


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The EuroScience Open Forum in Trieste relaunches with a new format and an updated programme

New online sessions and themes tied to Covid-19 have been added.

Relaunch has been announced today for ESOF2020, the largest European conference on science and technology, postponed from July to September due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With more than 150 sessions and over 700 speakers in an updated programme, including an innovative hybrid format and distinguished international guests, ESOF is more vital and attractive than ever.

The Science in the City Festival has also been confirmed, with several events already taking place in the weeks to come