By Jacqueline Grima
Friday 15th April 2016 marks 100 days until the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) comes to Manchester. The forum, taking place in July, will bring 4,500 leading researchers, thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators to the city from over 90 countries.
To encourage the involvement of early career researchers and higher education students in this event, over the next 100 days, the ESOF team are giving away 100 day passes to the forum on social media. To be in with a chance of winning one, all students have to do is follow @ESOF 2016 on Twitter and tweet an interesting science fact using the hashtag #ESOF100days. To be eligible, students must currently be studying, or conducting research in, a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject. The most interesting facts will be picked by the ESOF team who will then contact the winners to arrange delivery of their passes.
Students who are lucky enough to win will be able to choose which day they would like to attend with the forum focussing on different aspects of science each day. For example, Monday 25th July will focus on the impacts of advancements in science and technology on our society and economies, with guests including European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. Tuesday 26th will look at how the so-called new space race is breaking boundaries and pushing the frontiers of what we know, both in the universe and on our own planet and will also include a session with graphene pioneer Sir Andre Geim. And finally, Wednesday 27th, the final day of the forum, will explore our increasing interaction with artificial intelligence.
Passes will be given out between 15th April and 1st July until all 100 have been allocated.
ESOF are also looking to recruit a team of 100 volunteers from the city to help out at the forum. Volunteers will be expected to welcome delegates and guests and ensure the smooth running of the event. For more information, see the ESOF website.
You can also read more about Manchester’s scientific history in Issue 3 of Humanity Hallows magazine which you can find on campus or can read online here.