ESOF - Euroscience open forum 2022

    13/07/2022 - 23:30
    Netherlands, Leiden
    17/07/2022 - 02:30

Start date:

13 July 2022 - 23:30

End date:

17 July 2022 - 02:30




ESOF Website


Hybrid - Leiden, Netherlands

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) created by EuroScience in 2004, is the largest biennial interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe, for and with society.

ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.

The 10th edition of ESOF will take place in Leiden, Netherlands, from 13 to 17 July 2022.

This year, the ERC will be present at ESOF with a rich programme.

ESOF Exhibition: the ERC will be present at the EU booth in Pieterskirk together with two comic artists who participated in the ERCcOMICS campaign, based on the power of visual storytelling to communicate science in an engaging way to reach large audiences. The exhibition is open to ESOF participants from Thursday 14 July 15:00 to Saturday 17 July, 01:30 and to the general public from 21:00 and the whole day of Saturday 16.

Wednesday 13 July

23:30 - 01:00 - Opening ceremony 


Keynote speech by Maria Leptin, ERC President  

Thursday 14 July 

23:00 - 00:00 - ERC Public Engagement with Research Award Ceremony


The Award aims to recognise ERC grantees who make the extra effort to engage with audiences beyond the scientific community and do so in effective and original ways.

During the ceremony, a prize of €10 000 will be awarded to the best applicant in each of three different categories: Involve (citizen science), Inspire (public outreach) and Influence (media and policy)


  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (video-message)

  • Maria Leptin, ERC President

  • Eveline Crone, ERC Vice-President

Saturday 16 July

15:00 - 16:15 - Musica universalis: from brains to stars

Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG) - Lorentzzaal

Hybrid session (onsite event in Leiden broadcasted to the ESOF2022 online platform) 

Moderator: Janka Matrai, Scientific Officer at ERCEA

ERC grantees:

  • Adam Denes, Institute of Experimental Medicine Budapest, HU  

  • Ágnes Kóspál, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, HU

  • Jaroslav Nesetril, Charles University Prague, CZ  

  • Ingo Waldmann, University College London, UK 

16:45 - 18:00 - Reclaiming your own voice: humanities methods to address the fluidity and complexity of identities in (post)colonial contexts

Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG) - Lorentzzaal

Hybrid session (onsite event in Leiden broadcasted to the ESOF2022 online platform)

Moderator: Prof. Margaret Hunt, Uppsala University, SE 

ERC grantees:

  • Khadija Zinnenburg, Carroll University of Birmingham, UK              

  • Ananya Jahanara Kabir, King's College London, UK

  • J. Griffith Rollefson, National University of Ireland - University College Cork, IE 

  • Justyna Agnieszka Olko, University of Warsaw, PL

16:45 - 18:00 - Current Research Trends towards solving Antimicrobial Resistance

Online session (hosted on the conference virtual platform)

Moderator: András Badacsonyi, Scientific Officer at ERCEA

ERC grantees:

  • Csaba Pál, Biological Research Center, HU

  • Éva Kondorosi, Biological Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, HU 

  • Li Deng, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, DE

  • Tatiana Dimitriu,  (team member of ERC grantee Edze Westra) University of Exeter