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The EuroScience Open Forum 2022 (ESOF2022) will take place from 13 to 16 July 2022 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Several EUA colleagues will organise and contribute to various sessions during the conference, in both hybrid and online settings.

ESOF was founded in 2004 by EuroScience, the non-profit grassroots organisation of researchers in Europe. The biannual meeting was designed to “offer the scientific community a platform for interdisciplinary and intersectional debate about scientific culture, scientific research and innovation, for and with society”. This year, ESOF will organise its 10th edition with a focus on “Crossing Borders, Engaged Society, Resilient Societies”.

The programme of ESOF2022 of ESOF2022 is available on the conference website and registration for both physical and online participation is now open.

Please find below a list of ESOF2022 sessions organised by or involving EUA.

(all Central European Summer Time)

12 July - 15:00-16:15 | ESOF 2022 MSCA Satellite Event


Alexander Hasgall will share his expertise as a speaker in the workshop on “High quality supervision”.

13 July – 11:30-12:30 | Values in research and academic freedom

Venue: Leiden and online

Monika Steinel, EUA Deputy Secretary General, will contribute to this session focused on exploring how academic freedom, and more specifically freedom of scientific research, is being dealt with at EU, national, institutional and individual levels.

14 July – 11:15-12:30 | The Role of Universities in Boosting Innovation through Entrepreneurship

Venue: Cleveringa stage, Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG) and online

EUA will organise this session to discuss how universities contribute to enhancing innovation ecosystems through the development of entrepreneurship, and how to strengthen this important role.

The session aims to consolidate the previous work of EUA (including a European-wide survey on universities and innovation) by bringing together different perspectives to discuss how to address university challenges in developing entrepreneurial skills. It will also showcase best practices and reflect on ways forward with a panel of European experts representing different actors, including university leadership, young university graduates and entrepreneurs, businesses and policy-makers.

Stephane Berghmans, EUA Director of Research and Innovation, will contribute to the session and moderate the panel discussion.

14 July – 14.00-15.15 | Research Assessment Reform – What Does Good Look Like?

Venue: Lorentz stage, Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG) and online

Stephane Berghmans will contribute to this session focused on discussing the initiative to reform research assessment in Europe, in which EUA plays an active role, with different stakeholders from the European research landscape.

14 July – 14.00-15.15 | Reforming Academic Assessment: The Impact on Early-Stage Researchers and Their Careers

Venue: Online room 2

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) will organise this session focused on the growing call to change academic assessment to address the whole breadth of academic careers. The issue will be discussed with a panel of European experts who will explore challenges and foreseen changes in academic assessment systems and how to address them. The audience and early career researchers will be asked to interact with the panel to raise some of their hopes and fears. This will generate discussions on how assessment can be reformed to better reflect and enable diverse academic careers.

Alexander Hasgall, Head of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education, will contribute to the session and moderate the panel discussion.

14 July – 15.45-17.00 | The Rights Retention Strategy: Academic freedom and responsibility for researchers

Venue: Online room 6

This session organised by Science Europe will focus on how researchers can effectively use the Rights Retention Strategy (RRS) and why it is in the interest of the entire academic community to do so. We will also explore how universities and other research performing organisations can integrate the RRS in their contracts and agreements with employees.

Vinciane Gaillard will represent EUA in this session.

15 July – 16.00-17.00 | European Young Researchers’ Award (EYRA)

Venue: Aalmarkt stage (Stadsgehoorzaal)

Stephane Berghmans will co-chair the European Young Researchers’ Award (EYRA), a prize-giving ceremony granted every two years by EuroScience to young researchers showing exceptional research achievement and leadership.

15 July – 17.15-19.00 | Academic Freedom Under Pressure

Venue: Main stage (Stadsgehoorzaal)

Stephane Berghmans will take part in this session which will explore the of academic freedom from a variety of perspectives.

16 July – 14:15-15:30 | Science to Impact: Debate on policies and programmes to help scientists to create impact

Venue: Aalmarkt stage (Stadsgehoorzaal)

Stephane Berghmans will join the panel discussion on how universities can promote and support science and scientists to create societal impact. Invited experts will share their experience and perspectives from the organizational level, the national level and the European level.

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