Overview of the Programme

The online platform provided by ESOF2020 will host almost all of the hybrid and online sessions and be available to all registered participants, reaching an overall potential audience of more than five thousand online. The general presentation of ESOF is divided into three main topical domains: the Science Programme dedicated to frontier research and its implications for society; the Science to Business Programme focusing on the relationship between science and the business world; and the Science to Careers Programme covering job and career opportunities for the future.

At the centre of the Forum’s agenda are some of today’s most urgent social issues, including implications and related challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic or climate change and the transition to a green economy as renewable energy replaces fossil. Other panels will focus on the impact of supercomputers and artificial intelligence on frontier pharmacological research using active principles from natural products, and on the importance of a European hub dedicated to the life sciences. There will also be sessions on pollution, technology transfer, science diplomacy and the crucial role in promoting peaceful coexistence among peoples and nations played by large-scale infrastructures.

On the subject of human capital and mobility, Brain drain, brain circulation is the title of a session on the mobility of researchers and of knowledge organised by some of the most prestigious international scientific institutes.There will also be room to discuss how the human factor impacts the development of industry 4.0 and how to promote female entrepreneurship. A significant part of ESOF will be dedicated to startups and issues of technology transfer

Numerous prestigious guests and speakers have been invited. Amongst those who have confirmed there are the Nobel Laureates Barry Clark Barish and Ada Yonath, the mathematician Alessio Figalli, winner of the Fields Medal 2018, 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 world-famous toxicologist from Johns Hopkins University Thomas Hartung, the Harvard professor and one of the world’s leading authorities on the relationship between science and democracy Sheila Jasanoff, the economist and expert in sustainable development Jeffrey Sachs, the Financial Times science editor Clive Cookson.

Three testimonials for ESOF2020 will also be presented by the astrophysicist Marica Branchesi, the author Paolo Giordano and the architect Massimiliano Fuksas.

The opening ceremony will be attended by the Italian Minister for University and Research Affairs Gaetano Manfredi, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin and the Governor of the Bank of Italy Ignazio Visco.

The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will take part in the closing ceremony on 6 September.

Here you can find the full Programme.

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