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Emma Pemberton-Eccles, Head of Communications & Marketing

April has come and nearly gone, and that means we are one month closer to ESOF and one month closer to the end of our earlybird rate. Up until 1 May, four-day conference passes start from only £95 for early career researchers and every registration completed before that date will also receive a complimentary annual subscription to Nature Magazine worth £135. Don't forget that there are also discounts available for groups and delegations wishing to attend.

As an additional incentive to register for before 1 May we're also going to automatically enter every completed registration into a ballot to win tickets to the inaugural bluedot festival held at Jodrell Bank. More information on the festival is included below.

There are also just a few days left for journalists and science communicators to apply for the ESOF Manchester Travel Grant, offering funding to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. . The window for submission is open until 25 April, you can submit your application here.

Science to Business BT Launch Event

Science to Business BT Tower Launch Event

The ESOF Science to Business programme was officially launched earlier this month at a high level event held at the iconic home of our one of our principal sponsors BT.

The event was well attended by our other sponsors, businesses and those interested in the business strand of ESOF. We were pleased to see so many people there engaging with the content of the programme and asking how they could get involved.

Photos from the launch event can be seen on our Flickr.

Image: Enna Bartlett

Reading the Science to Business Programme

Explore our Science to Business Programme

The ESOF 2016 Science to Business programme includes seventeen sessions from debate and discussion about cutting edge science and technology to its application to industry. 

Hot topics ask questions such as: what business opportunities will be created by smart cities; where should visionaries start when developing a spin-out company;  and how can we address the major societal challenges presented by the commercialisation of synthetic biology?

The full science to business programme can be explored on the website.

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Sci-Tech Matchmaking

Find the right funding and partners to innovate

On 26 and 27 July 2016, Enterprise Europe Network will host the “Sci-Tech Matchmaking” event which offers ESOF exhibitors and visitors the exclusive opportunity to meet on a 1-2-1 basis with like-minded UK and overseas Universities, R&D Centres and businesses to form collaborative partnerships, secure future funding and develop new projects in a variety of areas. 

To take part in the “Sci-Tech Matchmaking” event”, interested delegates need to register on the dedicated platform. Registration is free to all ESOF delegates so don’t miss out!

Bluedot Festival

bluedot Festival

Last month we told you about the exciting new festival being held at the Jodrell Bank Observatory. Bluedot will launch ESOF in true Mancunian fashion with an (inter)stellar line-up including Jean-Michel Jarre and the newly announced Brian Eno and Air.

The festival falls on the opening weekend of ESOF and will give everyone attending the chance to experience how great music, a fantastic arts programme and science all come together in true ESOF fashion.

Don't forget that everyone who completes their registration to ESOF before 1 May will automatically be entered into a ballot to win tickets to bluedot.

Image: bluedot


100 days until ESOF

On Friday 15 April, we reached the milestone of 100 days to go until ESOF. To mark the occasion we are giving away 100 day passes to ESOF over the next few weeks. All you have to do to win one is tweet @ESOF2016 using the hashtag #ESOF100Days with your best science fact. At the end of each week we will pick our favourite facts and award those lucky people with their ESOF pass.

The competition opened on Friday 15 April and will run until Friday 1 July, or until all 100 passes have been given away. Winners will be able to choose the day they would like to attend ESOF. Full details can be found on the website.


The Business of Science

Held in the year Manchester celebrates its status as European City of Science, the Business of Science Conference will explore how the development and commercialisation of science is driving growth across the whole of the North of England.

The event will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry on 19 May and features keynote addresses from Dame Nancy Rothwell, Sir Howard Bernstein and Neil Murray.

For more information please visit the Business of Science website.

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