Europe’s largest science conference is underway

Europe’s largest science conference is underway

Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) kicked off on Sunday in Copenhagen. Scientists, politicians and others who are interested in research have convened on the grounds of the former Carlsberg brewery to present research results and discuss research policy and dissemination of research. NordForsk will be holding five events.

ESOF is Europe’s most important scientific meeting place. It is being held this year from 22–26 June and is expected to attract 4 500 delegates and up to 50 000 visitors.


The conference includes a scientific programme and a research festival, Science in the City, which is open to all. Here, there is a chance to discuss and exchange experience. NordForsk has set up a stand where interested parties can learn about NordForsk’s activities, particularly the new Arctic research programme, which will be launched after the summer. The aim is to generate awareness about Nordic research cooperation to encourage further development and promote optimal conditions for Nordic researchers.

dronning MargretheHer Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso undertook the formal opening of the conference on Sunday afternoon, together with Chair and Champion for ESOF 2014, Klaus Bock. Mr Barroso emphasised the vital role played by research, asserting that “the future of Europe is science”.

NordForsk’s five events at ESOF

Educational research: The session “The role of education in promoting social justice” is being held on Monday, 23 June, at 16:30–17:45. The session will focus on the patterns in and differences among the Nordic countries in connection with the role that education plays in promoting social justice.

Nordic research cooperation: On Monday evening, 23 June, at 19:00–20:30, NordForsk will be hosting the event “Nordic Research Collaboration, what is it, and how does it work?”, where results from the Top-level Research Initiative will be presented and researchers at various Nordic Centres of Excellence will provide insight into the progress of their projects.

Open Access: NordForsk attaches great importance to the principle of Open Access, and will therefore be holding two events on the topic. On Tuesday, 24 June, at 15:00–16:15, leading authorities – including the Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science and Executive Publisher of the journal Science, Alan Leshner – will discuss new models for access to research in the session “Scientific Impact and Open Access” at the Carlsberg Academy. This will be immediately followed by a free Science in the City event – Open Access, Open Bar, Open Mic – at Cafe Elefanten, 16:30–18:00, where everyone wishing to voice their views can have the microphone for 60 seconds and then be treated to a beer.

Arctic research: President of the University of the Arctic, Lars Kullerud, has helped to design NordForsk’s Arctic research programme. Professor Kullerud is an active researcher and has travelled extensively in the Arctic. He will be sharing his personal experiences "Europe's North - research in the Arctic region" from the stage in Tap 1 on Wednesday, 25 June, at 16:30–17:00.


Text: Linn Hoff Jensen

Photos: Terje Heiestad