Trieste will be the European City of Science in 2020
The EuroScience Open Forum 2020 will be hosted from 4 to 10 July 2020 in Trieste, Italy.
The FIT - Trieste International Foundation for Progress and Freedom will be in charge of the event. The Science and Innovation System of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (SIS FVG), connecting the most relevant scientific institutions of the region, is collaborating with FIT to build up the scientific program of the 2020 event.
The impressive number of national and regional authorities and partners sustaining the initiative were determinant in the Trieste nomination by the EuroScience committee.
The city has seen the development of important international and national research institutes for research, technology transfer and the dissemination of science, bringing to Trieste a concentration of research workers among the highest in the world.
As a Central European city, Trieste will work to make ESOF 2020 an opportunity for strengthening links with Central and Eastern European scientists, businesses, politicians and citizens.
EuroScience has no doubt that Trieste will add its name as another major European city to the European Cities of Science that have organised ESOF since 2004 in Stockholm.
The Champion of ESOF 2020 is Professor Stefano Fantoni, President of FIT, a foundation whose mission is, on one side, the promotion of scientific collaborations leading to creating innovative ideas, products and processes, and, on the other, the diffusion of science and its pacific applications.
With the motto Trieste introduced a new concept of ESOF 2020, that of opening up the largest Open Forum on Science in Europe outside the national borders of the hosting city. The proposed program PROESOF, which will take place before ESOF, aims at a strong involvement of Central Eastern Countries. The motto “Freedom for Science, Science for Freedom”, meaning a science free from prejudice and a science, which is also peace carrier, will be transversal to all the ESOF event of 2020. PROESOF will take place in different locations with a strong engagement of local Institutions, authorities and citizens.
FIT has given rise to an ad hoc organization, Trieste Encounters on Science and Innovation (TESI) to develop the PROESOF program, together with SIS-FVG and the experts from Central Eastern Countries.
Deeply rooted relationships with Central Eastern Europe Countries are already in place. ESOF 2020 will be an opportunity to strengthen collaborations and inclusion in the European context.