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Space, the final frontier

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No-one, our programme speaks for itself

ESOF 2016 needs no introduction. Only to say that over four packed days it offers:

  • 700 speakers from a huge range of disciplines
  • 150 sessions across the themes of general science, business and careers
  • A busy press schedule including six press conferences every day
  • A social programme including; the opening ceremony, exhibition launch, ESOF party and closing ceremony
  • Topical talks and pop up workshops in the exhibition theatres

The programme book is now available online for you to explore and to begin planning your time in Manchester. 

SKA Array

Big science, new collaborations and engagement with society

21st century cutting edge science requires countries to pool resources together to build ever bigger, more complex facilities to crack the mysteries of physics. ‘Traditional’ collaborations among developed economies in the western world are now insufficient; today, science collaboration is truly a global enterprise. 

This new form of science needs to be done in close collaboration with society. In periods of economic uncertainty, science needs to be transparent and is increasingly subject to public scrutiny. There is both a rejection of science and an appetite for it. Society wants to play an increasingly active part in science, as exemplified through an increase in citizen science and the use of social media as a channel between scientists, facilities and the wider society. 

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) endeavour is a great example of this new form of science.

This keynote session will be presented by Nobel laureate in physics Brian Schmidt, on Tuesday 26 July.

More information.

Image: SKA


Clinical trial and error: why narrowing the resources gap matters

Independent clinical trials are fundamental to improving the results, safety and cost-effectiveness of our health care systems. Yet, the exorbitant costs and acceptance hurdles involved often limit their scope to new products. 

This session unites world authorities in clinical and public health advances to explain its key trial stages and examine what could and should change. With expertise on leading animal and human studies to end products, speakers will open a window into how clinical trials are actually conducted.

They will make the case for greater international cooperation and standards. Above all, effective communication of the clinical and societal benefits must be better coordinated to citizens, patients, healthcare professionals, researchers, policy-makers and society as a whole.

This session takes place on Wednesday 27 July and will feature Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication at J&J.

More information.

Image: Tom Varco

The Programme

Downloadable Programme

You can now find a downloadable PDF version of the programme on the website. The book has been conveniently broken down into its composite sections so that you can select the section most relevant for you.

You can still purchase a hard copy of the programme at ESOF for £20, simply visit the stand at the delegate bag and programme collection point. 

Find the downloadable programme on the website.

ESOF exhibition

There's still time to register!

Tickets are available to book right up until 23 July starting at just £75. With such a decorated and global speaker line-up, jam packed programme of sessions, workshops, presentations and press conferences as well as a fantastic exhibition, it's a conference you don't want to miss.

You can find all the details of registration rates, including discounts for early career researchers, media and EuroScience members on our website as well as the main registration portal where you can register for your pass.

The Diamond Planet

Transport yourself to another world with Metrolink

Take an intergalactic tour with Metrolink this summer aboard the Astrotram. Guiding you through the universe is Professor Brian Cox, who will introduce you to the wonders of our solar system and beyond. 

Interact with the posters to learn more through the Science Manchester app and take part in our pop-up science events that will be happening aboard the trams across the network on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 July.

With Metrolink’s Deansgate-Castlefield stop adjacent right next to Manchester Central, the tram is a convenient way to travel. Tickets are available from the on-platform ticket machines so make sure you purchase one before boarding.

Please note that there no trams crossing the city centre or running on the Eccles via MediaCityUK until late August. Find out more and plan your journey now.

Dr Fabiola Gianotti

Ask leaders of the EIROForum your questions

Now’s your chance to put your questions to Directors of three of the world’s leading scientific institutions in the areas of physics, biology and astronomy. Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of CERN, Iain Mattaj, Director General of EMBL and Rob Ivison, ESO Director for Science will be in discussion with BBC science correspondent Pallab Ghosh in the keynote session EIROforum – Serving European Science

These three represent the eight leading intergovernmental research organisations that make up EIROforum.

Is big science the future? What does international research add to national research initiatives? What is the future of European research?

Ask your questions via Twitter to @ESOF2016 using the hashtag #ESOF_QA. The most popular will be put to the Directors during the session.

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