ESOF2022 Theme & Tracks

The theme for the 10th edition of ESOF is “Crossing the Borders, Engaged Science, Resilient Societies.

Societies of the 21st century are more connected than ever. The internet allows us access to unprecedented amounts of information and to communicate across borders far and wide, but we are also connected in other more fundamental ways, like the environment.

This year’s theme stems from a need to continue to break down geographical borders in order to share knowledge and collectively solve the complex, intertwined, and universal challenges that all societies encounter. “Crossing the Borders, Engaged Science, Resilient Societies” speaks directly to the necessity for scientific disciplines from the humanities, the social sciences, the natural, medical and physical sciences, and also people from all walks of life such as scientists, policy makers, the media, and the general public to unite, collaborate, and innovate. It is only by sharing a single vision for a sustainable future for people, society, and the environment can we overcome our current challenges.

The 7 Tracks of Crossing the Borders, Engage Science, Resilient Societies

Each of the seven tracks listed below is designed to cross borders, not only between countries and cultures but also between all scientific disciplines and the humanities.

There will be a different keynote speaker for each of the seven tracks that will highlight their importance, difficulties, and opportunities towards achieving the conference theme.

The seven tracks for ESOF2022 are:

Sustainable Environment

A sustainable environment is one in which humanity and the planet’s biosphere are able to co-exist in the long term. The longevity of co-existence has been endangered in various ways over the course of human development. In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create awareness and accelerate the transition towards sustainability.

Track Highlights

PL2.2 – Keynote: Sustainable Environment, Friday, July 15, 11:30 – 12:30, Hybrid

SS2.29 – Beyond Newness in Understanding Migration and Diversity, Friday, July 15, 17:15 – 18:30 CEST, Hybrid

SS1.16 – Research Assessment Reform – what does good look like?, Thursday, July 14, 14:00 – 15:15 CEST, Hybrid

SS3.16 – The Future of a Livable Urban Planet, July 16, Saturday 11:30 – 12:45 CEST, Hybrid

SS3.23 – Climate Change, Social Inequality and Conflict, Saturday, July 16, 14:15 – 15:30 CEST, Hybrid

Live Poster Sessions onsite in the Pieterskerk:
Friday, July 15, 12:45 – 13:45 CEST


Cultural Identities & Societal Transformations

Events from grassroots social movements and migration to the creation of supranational entities like the European Union have questioned long-held beliefs of cultural identity, belonging, ownership, achievement, and pride. Science and art can play a vital role in leading and moderating the debates that arise and assist societial transformation.

Track Highlights

PL2.3 – Keynote: This is Bioart’s Moment! Pandemic Reflections on Radical Interdisciplinary in the Arts and Sciences, Friday, July 15, 14:15 – 15:15, Hybrid

SS1.25 – Europe as a Geopolitical Stabilizer After the Russian Invasion in Ukraine, Thursday, July 14, 15:45 – 17:00, Virtual

SS1.26 – The Deep Past of Future Society. Questioning the Western Perspective on the Reconstruction of Human History, Thursday, July 14, 15:45 – 17:00, Virtual

SS1.38 – Contested Heritage, Thursday, July 14, 15:45 – 17:00, Hybrid

Live Poster Sessions onsite in the Pieterskerk:
Friday, July 15, 12:45 – 13:45 CEST

Space for Science

The universe is the greatest of all imaginable physics laboratories. Cosmologists are rapidly changing the way we understand physics and the universe. Humanity is also embarking on a new chapter in space with the most ambitious plans involving manned missions to Mars and establishing bases and villages on the moon.

Track Highlights

PL1.3 – Keynote: Space for Science with Ben Feringa: Thursday, July 14, 14:15 – 15:15 CEST, Hybrid

SS1.23 – First Results from Webb presented by Prof. van Dishoeck: A New Exploration of the Cosmos: Thursday, July 14, 15:45 – 17:00 CEST, Hybrid

SS1.30 – Fly Me to the Moons!: Thursday, July 14, 17:15 – 19:00 CEST, Hybrid

SS2.16 – The Dark Side of Our Mysterious Universe: Friday, July 15, 14:00 – 15:15 CEST, Hybrid

Live Poster Sessions onsite in the Pieterskerk: Thursday, July 14, 12:45 – 13:45 CEST

Healthy Societies

With life expectancy, demand, and the cost of healthcare on the rise, societies are facing major challenges to improve their health and mental wellbeing. Preventative care and healthy lifestyles are as important as reducing health inequalities in diverse communities.

Track Highlights

SS1.22 – Vaccine Development in Europe: Fast and For All, Thursday, July 14, 15:45 – 17:00 CEST, Hybrid

PL3.1 – Keynote: Healthy Societies, Saturday, July 16, 10:00 – 11:00, Hybrid

SS1.19 – Health Inequality Through the Ages: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Thursday, July 14, 14:00 – 15:15, Virtual


Live Poster Sessions onsite in the Pieterskerk:
Friday, July 15, 12:45 – 13:45 CEST

Freedom and Responsibility of Science

The freedom of research and the independence of researchers and research institutions have shaped modern science for decades and are regarded as the basis for scientific advancement. Nevertheless, in view of the challenges arising from global pandemics and climate change, the scientific community is confronted with increasing societal expectations.

Track Highlights

PL1.2  Keynote: Academic Freedom: Concept, Framework, Challenges, Thursday, July 14, 11:20 – 12:30 CEST, Hybrid

SS1.10 – New Wine in Old Wineskins? Risks and Resilience in Online Transgressive Behaviours, Thursday, July 14, 115:15 – 12:30, Virtual

SS3.17 – Renewed Call for “Track II” Dialogues in Science Diplomacy, Saturday, July 16, 11:30 – 12:45 CEST, Virtual

SS1.39 – Future of Work: Opportunities and Challenges of Digitalization, the Platform Economy, and Flexibilization of European Labour Markets, Thursday, July 14, 17:15 – 18:30 CEST, Hybrid

Live Poster Sessions onsite in the Pieterskerk: Thursday, July 14, 12:45 – 13:45 CEST

Science and Business

This theme will explore the many ways in which societal value can be created from research, with a special emphasis on education and entrepreneurship, as well as the role and opportunities of the humanities in the process.


Track Highlights

PL3.2 – Keynote Science and Business, Saturday, July 16, 11:30 – 12:30 CEST, Hybrid

SS1.8 – The Role of Universities in Boosting Innovation through Entrepreneurship, Thursday, July 14, 11:15 – 12:30 CEST, Hybrid

SS2.19 – Revisiting Entrepreneurship & Innovation Education and Practice for Societal Impact, Friday, July 15, 14:00 – 15:15 CEST, Virtual

SS3.13 – Game-based Entrepreneurship Education for STEM Students – Can we simply apply Business School Teaching Methods for Science Students, Saturday, July 16, 9:45 – 11:00 CEST, Virtual

Live Poster Sessions onsite in the Pieterskerk:
Saturday, July 16, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST

Sustainable Academic Careers

Academia is the hub of knowledge and innovation but it suffers from conservative and outdated models for careers in the field. In the current system, early-career academics often feel overburdened, unfilled, and unappreciated, so there is a growing movement to rethink the system and discover new, sustainable academic career paths that promote inclusivity and diversity.

Track Highlights

PL2.4 – Keynote: Sustainable Academic Careers: Young Scholars’ Perspective, Friday, July 15, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST, Hybrid

SS1.11 – Creating Research Environments that Foster Mental Health and Wellbeing, July 14, 11:15 – 12:30 CEST, Virtual

SS1.16 – Research Assessment Reform – What does Good Look Like?, Thursday, July 14, 14:00 – 15:15 CEST, Hybrid

SS3.4 – From Research to the World: Careers in Industry and Politics, Saturday, July 16, 8:00 – 9:15 CEST, Virtual

Live Poster Sessions onsite in the Pieterskerk: Friday, July 15, 12:45 – 13:45 CEST

PL2.5 – European Young Research Award (EYRA) Ceremony, Friday, July 15, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST, Hybrid

PL1.4 –  ERC Public Engagement with Research Award Ceremony, Thursday, July 14, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST, Hybrid

EU Pavilion, featuring European Talent Fair on Saturday, July 16 at the Exhibition in the Pieterskerk