Minister of Science and Education Thomas Östros will open the conference on August 25, and the introductory session will feature, among others, director general Pär Omling as a representative of the largest Swedish sponsor, the Swedish Research Council. During the conference more than 300 speakers from Europe and the US will appear, in some one hundred sessions, lectures, and debates at Stockholm City Conference Centre.
The roster includes Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, EU advisers André Sapir and Helga Nowotny, and other prominent researchers from some 35 countries. The subjects span a broad field, from the aging population of Europe and particle physics to new findings about the function of the heart and language development.
Several Swedish research funders and companies are engaged in the conference, which will be a recurrent forum to highlight and discuss research in Europe.
A broad program of activities is also in place for the general public in the Stockholm area. Universities, organizations, and research institutes will be staging science shows and activities in Swedish and in English, among other venues. A few examples are a podium on a bicycle for professors, a “Profmobile,” a play about clinical testing of drugs, and “buoys” with intriguing questions that will be placed at bathing sites and elsewhere.
Klara Soup Theater will be staging science plays in collaboration with the Swedish Research Council, including a new play about Lady Newton, Voltaire’s friend and associate. Èmilie de Châtelet, her real name, was a pioneer in primarily natural science. Trained in mathematics, physics, languages, horsemanship, and fencing, she came to play a major role in the history of science. She received the nickname Lady Newton for her translations of Newton’s works, including Principia, which she translated from Latin to French, with her own explanatory notes and addenda. The play,which will premier on August 27, is written and directed by Agneta Ginsburg.
“It’s been an inspiration to bring Èmilie de Châtelet to the fore. Like other women pioneers, she has received all too little attention,” says Agneta Ginsburg.
EuroScience Open Forum is to be a recurrent event, hosted by various countries. The initiative comes from EuroScience with support from organizations, institutions, research councils and companies all over Europe, including the European Commission, the European Science Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Nature, the Swedish Science Forum, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the Bank of Sweden
Tercentenary Foundation, Astra Zeneca and Affymetrix.