Chicago, AAAS Convention, February 13, 2009. ESOF2010 Team launches the Call for Proposals

 The next Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2010) will take place in Torino, Italy, on July 27 2010, under the slogan Passion for Science. Founded by Euroscience ( in 2004, ESOF is a European meeting dedicated to research and scientific innovation, which takes place every two years in a major European city.

ESOF2010 will be a unique opportunity to meet and discuss important issues in which science and technology play a central role.ESOF2010 will feature a core Scientific Programme, offering conferences, workshops, and keynote lectures; an outreach programme aimed at the general public (Science in the City); plenty of activities specifically dedicated to young researchers (Career Programme), potential entrepreneurs and investors in highly innovative businesses (Science to Business), and science communicators (Science to Media).

The organizers are committed to address a wide range of themes and to hear as many qualified voices as possible. Major scientific personalities will be invited to share their experience, but most of the official programme will be set up with a bottom-up approach, thanks to an open Call for Proposals, on-line at The Scientific Programme Call was launched on December 15, 2008. On February 16, 2009 the Call is open to the other programmes: Career, Science to Business and Science in the City. The deadlines are June 15, 2009 for the Scientific Programme and September 15, 2009 for Career, Science in the City, and Science to Business Programmes. Proposals – round-table sessions, informal discussions, debates, interviews, conferences, workshops and so on –must tackle current scientific and technological issues, pick up on trends and future developments, debate ethical and social issues, identify the toughest challenges, and study feasible solutions. In the core Scientific Programme, ten main themes have been chosen:

Sustainable living and moving

Evolution, development and adaptation of organisms

Moving into and up from our quantum world

Responding to global needs

Frontiers in energy research

Science, knowledge and belief

Memory and learning in organisms, social and artificial systems

Languages, cultures and variability

Integrating science with health care

Policy – what follows?

Candidates will be evaluated by a highly qualified international Programme Committee. ESOF2010 has set the objective of maximizing gender and cultural diversity among the participants.

Members of the Project Team, including ESOF2010 Champion Professor Enrico Predazzi, are attending the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago, to promote the event and build connections. They will meet the press on February 13, at 4 p.m., in the Press Conference Room.

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