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ESOF 2018 - Euroscience Open Forum

Location Toulouse, France
Date 09 - 14 July 2018
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COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and a number of representatives from COST Actions will be at ESOF 2018, in Toulouse, France between 9th July - 14th July 2018.

ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people and the general public. 

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and representatives from 19 COST Actions will be at this year's ESOF event in Toulouse, France. Visit the COST stand,number 7A, situated on the -1 level floor of Espace et Foyer Concorde in the Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis, to discover more about the work of COST and how to join pan-European research activities. 


Tuesday 10th July

13:30 – 14:45 Challenges and benefits of digital technologies for ageing well

Looking at the EU’s aging population, growing life expectancy and decreasing fertility and birth rates, there are huge challenges to be addressed. To ensure quality healthcare as well as stable healthcare systems, public authorities and specialized organizations will need to look at the challenges and benefits of new digital technologies. Wearable sensors, robots or diagnostic tools do create opportunities, but they aren’t always tailored to specific demands or age groups. Evidence also shows these technologies can increase inequalities and isolation. The panel will address the societal questions raised, indicating ways to prevent ageism and older people’s social exclusion, while maintaining quality healthcare and healthy ageing.

17:00 – 18:15 Why don’t governments take citizen scientists seriously?

Citizen science is more than a way of doing research – it can shape our perceptions and allows virtually anyone to come up with new solutions for new problems. Social media and apps can gather enormous amounts of valuable data, but citizens’ engagement should be encouraged and maintained strategically. One key issue stopping citizen science initiatives from becoming mainstream is that policy makers and established institutions still distrust such projects. This is because impact is unclear, data collection sometimes lacks robustness and quality, and initiatives with a real effect on decision-making are only just a few.  Speakers will share their experiences with citizen science initiatives, while debating recent advances and the most promising developments, all of which can help build trustful relationships between citizens, scientists and policy makers.

Thursday 12 July

13:30 – 14:45 Quantum Technologies: a chance for women to take their place in science?

Quantum technologies could change the world as we know it, and Europe risks lagging behind if all of its best brains do not contribute to this change. Leading quantum physics researcher Dr Ruth Oulton will be sharing the latest research and an outlook on upcoming technologies. She will also address the obstacles that women are still facing as they build a career in this frontier research area. Some problems are practical (a lack of childcare facilities at conferences, a lack of maternity leave early in the career), or can relate to unconscious bias and a lack of mentorship by the leaders in the field. This will be followed by a panel debate that will explore best practices and strategies to overcome current hurdles in women’s participation in this fascinating research endeavour.

15:15 – 16:30 One Health, for systems-based, integrative approach to sustainable public health

‘One health’ is all about better, fairer and sustainable health for humans, animals, and the environment. This can be achieved by getting sciences, various sectors, and society to work together. This panel will give examples of ‘One Health’ initiatives to prove that fair and sustainable public health needs a systems-based, holistic approach. The debate will also feature the various ways of thinking, planning, and working distinguishing between ‘One Health’ initiatives in different socio-economic and ecological contexts across both developing and developed countries. Discussions will shed light on how ‘One Health’ could help public health systems manage resources more effectively and sustainably, so these systems become fairer, inclusive, transparent and democratic.

17:00 – 18:15 Big data: uncovering new mobility patterns and redefining planning practices

Digital visualisations and big data can help paint a clear picture of what is happening where and when in cities, and can reveal new mobility trends. If properly analysed, big data on urban mobility can radically improve how we evaluate public and sustainable transport. This session will discuss how big data reveals new travel behaviours, leading to new transport planning methods. The panel will also touch on how the EU’s urban dwellers (especially millennials) use social media and how that influences their travel behaviour. Speakers will show how urban planners have used smart data to respond to changing mobility patterns and commuters’ needs. Still, statistical validity, bias, incorrect causality relations and liability are issues that need addressing. Speakers will explain how big data affects travel behaviour and transport planning, at a time when ensuring data quality and European standards is a must.

Read the full programme of events here 

Details of how to attend can be found here 

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