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Dublin to host Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science conference in 2012

As the largest European gathering of its kind, the 5th Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2012) will convene in Dublin, Ireland on 12–16 July 2012, Euroscience announced today.

Held every two years, ESOF, organised by Euroscience, is a unique opportunity for leading scientists, researchers, industry, policy makers, science and technology communicators and the general public to discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Dublin succeeded against one other extremely professional bid from Vienna. The selection process was orchestrated by the ESOF Supervisory Board. This board comprises representatives from Euroscience, together with the Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino, Italy; Fondazione Cariplo, Milano, Italy; Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stockholm, Sweden; Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany; Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Essen, Germany.

Dr Gail Cardew, Chair of the ESOF Supervisory Board and Vice President of Euroscience expressed her gratitude at Dublin's enthusiasm and commitment on behalf of the Selection Panel, "We are delighted to have such strong candidates and it is always such a difficult decision to make. We were particularly impressed with Dublin's clear vision on opening the event out to the world and the lengths the Dublin Bid Committee went to bring international partners, including industry, on board. The emphasis on maximising the latest communication technologies, allied to the availability of excellent infrastructure for an event of this magnitude was compelling.

“The team involved demonstrated a clear passion for success, and we encourage all Irish science stakeholders, at home or abroad, to follow their example and get involved. We are particularly enthused about the prospect of helping raise awareness about the importance of science to society in Ireland and leaving a lasting effect after ESOF 2012 Dublin" Dr Gail Cardew continued.

Dr Cardew also commented that the bid from Vienna to host ESOF 2012 had also been a high quality proposal and that the decision had been a difficult choice between two excellent host cities.

Dublin’s bid had a particular orientation towards science and society, and outlined strong plans to enable ESOF to reach a new platform with respect to gathering those interested in science, society and policy together. Dublin had prepared the ground exceptionally well in their bid, describing a rich global network and an approach that was also geared towards higher business involvement.

Over 50 members of a Dublin steering committee representing the public sector, universities, research institutes as well as business and industry came together in a unique international partnership to deliver the bid under the stewardship of the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Professor Patrick Cunningham, who will be personally acting as the ‘champion’ for ESOF 2012.

Professor Patrick Cunningham commented, "We left no stone unturned and went about this from day one with great energy, vision and professionalism. While being utterly serious about science, our event philosophy is one of science serving society. We want the citizens of Dublin and Ireland to get involved. We have also given much thought to constructing parallel public outreach, media and marketing, and business and careers programmes that will bring the impact of ESOF 2012 to a new level, in Dublin, throughout Europe and to the world at large. We are simply delighted to have won. It has been an enormous effort with lots of challenges along the way but we remained focused and got there in the end.”

The next ESOF will be held in Turin on 2–7 July 2010.

Raymond Seltz | alfa
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