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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell enjoying JumpIn! at the Museum of Science and Industry

A word from the champion...

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. I am delighted to officially announce that registration for ESOF 2016 is now open. I am particularly pleased to say that for those starting out in their scientific careers we have kept registration fees as low as possible, with prices starting at £75 (for up to 5 years post doctorate). If you book early your ticket will also include a free digital and print subscription to Nature. Full details on pricing structure and early booking offers can be found on our website.

The conference will see an inspirational range of people participating, from international business leaders, policy makers and academics to governmental advisers and researchers. Across the three streams of 'Science', 'Science to Business' and 'Science as a Career' there are over 150 sessions in nine themes that cover some of the most pertinent topics in modern science.

I hope that you will join us in 2016, and don't forget to take advantage of the early booking opportunities.


Registration Open

Early booking Tier One tickets are now on sale and offer substantial reductions on the full-price delegate rates. However, these tickets are limited and are only available until 31st January. Your ticket comes with access to:

  • The ESOF Opening Ceremony
  • All sessions from 25th – 27th July
  • The ESOF Party
  • Conference materials
  • The conference app
  • Science Central exhibition

Keynotes Announced

With the launch of ticket registration, we are equally delighted to announce the first in our line-up of keynote speakers.

Our stellar speakers include; Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Chief Medical Officer; renowned entrepreneur and venture capitalist Hermann Hauser; Manchester's own Nobel Laureates Sir Konstantin Novoselov and Sir Andre Geim awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 for the isolation of Graphene.


Who's attending?

The call for proposals has been the most successful in ESOF history and as a result our speaker line-up  is shaping up to be the most exciting and diverse yet. 

Our programme will feature speakers from over 48 different countries representing world renowned organisations including CERN, BBC, CalTech, McGill University, Louvre, SKA and China Academy of Sciences.

Almost three-quarters of our speakers are non-UK based and we are delighted to welcome over 100 contributors from outside of Europe.

ESOF is always proud of the diversity in its programme and 44% of our speakers are women.

ESOF Promotional Video

Our partners

We are delighted to announce that the Wellcome Trust have joined us as a Principal Partner. Wellcome has a long-standing reputation for supporting global research, and we look forward to working with them to deliver a successful conference in Manchester.

We would also like to introduce two of our new Executive Partners Waters Corporation and Nature Publishing Group. Additionally Nature will once again be offering media travel grants to Manchester. More details on the criteria and application process will be announced in the New Year.

Partnership is a great way to support the global scientific community and reach new audiences. Details of partnership opportunities are on the website.


Best in Travel 2016

At the end of each year, Lonely Planet announces their 'Best in Travel' lists for the coming year. Their experts traverse the globe to find the top countries, cities and regions to visit. Competition is tough, but this year, we were thrilled to learn that Manchester made the top 10 cities list.

Manchester featured alongside cities such as Rome, Mumbai and Kotor. Just another reason you should attend ESOF in 2016.

ESOF Promotional Video

WSF & Falling Walls

In early November the ESOF team visited the World Science Forum in Budapest where Professor Luke Georghiou hosted a reception for delegates to strengthen links with ESOF, before attending the Falling Walls conference in Berlin.

Both events provided a fantastic opportunity to learn about what is going on in the wider science community.


Win a two night stay at one of Manchester's top hotels

To be in with a chance of winning simply complete our short survey. It will take no more than 5 minutes of your time and will help us to better understand what you would like to see at ESOF 2016.

About the Lowry

The Lowry Hotel was the first 5 star hotel in Manchester and is one of only 20 hotels in the UK to be part of Leading Hotels of the World. The luxurious and contemporary hotel offers 165 bedrooms including 6 suites and the Charles Forte Presidential Suite, and has the largest rooms in the city. The Lowry has played host to many high profile guests over the years, crediting their discreet and exceptional customer service.