Frontiers’ participation in the 10e edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe’s largest science conference, highlighted the need to further root policy-making in science by establishing stronger engagement between the public sector, decision makers and scientists. As a Gold Sponsor and host of the Delegates’ Night, Frontiers was delighted to support the Forum and its participants from 87 different countries championing the #ESOF22 theme of “Crossing borders, Engaged science, Resilient societies”.
In the spirit of open exchange and as part of its Policy Labs initiative, Frontiers chaired a panel discussion on the critical interplay between science, policy advice and policy action. The panel deliberated on the results of a series of interviews with leading science advisors, experts and policy makers from Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the UK and the US together. by the Policy Labs program. The panelists Jean-Claude Burgelmaneditor of Frontiers Policy Labs, professor Ruth MorganVice-Dean of Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship at University College London (UCL), Mamokghethi PhakengVice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Remi QuirionQuebec’s first chief scientist, professor Caroline Wagner, the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, focused on how science could promote informed policy-making. Watch the panel discussion in its entirety here.
Separately, Professor Ruth Morgan and Jean-Claude Burgelman called for new incentives to bring scientific advice closer to policy. They argued that the 1 million scientists and 100 million hours initiative could, over time, change the way the work of researchers is rewarded and recognized, and in turn shape policy. Watch highlights of the initiative here.
Organized by Frontiers at Botanical hortusthe oldest botanic garden in the Netherlands, the closing reception welcomed around 500 delegates who were addressed by the public affairs manager of Frontiers Stephan Kuster with a speech that argued for bold leadership from the public sector. He advocated for political commitment to open science, shared scientific research, and deeper and faster scientific collaboration. Mr. Kuster also said he believes in open science to help satisfy the public’s appetite for accountability, transparency and trust. Read the full speech here.
Commenting on #ESOF2022, Stephan Kuster said: “The Leiden Forum marked my return to live participation. It was fantastic to have so many productive in-person discussions and to be part of such an engaging buzz among leading thinkers, scientists, decision makers and innovators. As scientific endeavors continue to dissolve geographic and disciplinary boundaries, we will look to ESOF as a capable partner and leading advocate.
Frontiers remains committed to its mission of making science open to healthy lives on a healthy planet, and ESOF is a wonderful platform to connect with like-minded partners in science and policymaking. policies to facilitate faster and more concrete solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. challenges.
Read more about the highlights of the EuroScience Open Forum 2022 in Leiden here.
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