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.”
“Since the beginning of this challenge, the Municipality of Trieste is among the greatest and most convinced supporters of ESOF2020 an event that brings Trieste at the centre of the international scientific debate”, says the Mayor of Trieste Roberto Dipiazza. “Our city, that I’m honoured to administrate, represents a national heritage for its scientific system. The title of European City of Science gives to Trieste the responsibility for indicating the guidelines for the future, especially in response to the Covid-19 emergency. The Municipality of Trieste has lent the concession of the Porto Vecchio spaces and supported financially the construction of the Trieste Convention Center which will host ESOF2020.”
Furthermore, the event is being held in collaboration with the Main Partners Fincantieri, illycaffè, TriesteTrasporti and with the institutional partners Fondazione CRTrieste, Confindustria FVG and its national head office, and the Bank of Italy. Other partners are in the process of joining. ESOF2020 will also be a Zero Impact Event by AcegasApsAmga (Main Partner) which will stimulate and maximalise sustainable behaviour.
Several departments of RAI Italian Radio and Television are media partners of ESOF2020. The Regional head office is collaborating on producing a television programme, part of which has already been broadcast, and podcasts on the history and current role of Trieste European City of Science.
The Forum is also accompanied by a series of satellite events which have been confirmed for 2020. The EuroDIG - European dialogue on Internet governance has already taken place in June in a totally digital format. A similar format has been used for the next UNESCO meeting on 6 July on the free circulation of knowledge entitled Towards a Global Consensus on Open Science. The opening of ESOF will be preceeded on 1 and 2 September by the European Conference of Science Journalism and a symposium of leading international scholars on the relationship between science and society, with the aim to define a new lexicon to communicate the science of the future.
Parallel to the event, on 5 and 6 September, Trieste will host the related Science & Law: International Law Answers to Scientists' Current Challenges. This will be followed in the autumn by a meeting, once again in Trieste, on mental health Minds for Freedom, Freedom for Minds. In December, Ljubljana (Slovenia) will host the ARK2020 symposium on robotics kinematics. Other events have been postponed to 2021 due to the restrictions and risks caused by the pandemic.