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    Euroscience Open Forum 2012

    Undergraduate students often have limited opportunities to attend conferences relating to their area of study. This project piloted a model where an undergraduate student and an academic attended Europe’s largest general science conference, Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), as a collaborative team and shared the conference highlights with the NUI Galway undergraduate, academic and research communities.

    The student provided daily conference updates via social media, provided a description of her first experience of attending a large scientific conference and wrote a report on the knowledge and ideas presented at the conference. The report has been made available via a number of websites and publications, and will also be distributed to 1st and 2nd year biotechnology students by staff. The staff member mentored the student and disseminated the conference updates among the relevant scientific community at NUI Galway. Importantly, the conference highlights are also being used to update the staff partner’s lecture content for the Biotechnology degree.

    Ultimately, it is hoped that one final-year Biochemistry/Biotechnology student will be sent to the Euroscience Open Forum every two years as a prize in a new competition. This approach will help stimulate the involvement of 3rd and 4th year undergraduates in keeping up to date with scientific questions relevant to our society and engage them in academic writing.

    About Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is the largest, general science conference in Europe. In 2012, ESOF took place in Dublin from 11-15 July, within the framework of the Dublin City of Science Festival.

    Held in a leading European city every two years, ESOF aims to: - Showcase the latest advances in science and technology - Promote a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy - Stimulate and provoke public interest, excitement and debate about science and technology.

    ESOF incorporates a wide range of seminars, workshops and debates on the latest science and technology, a media programme, a careers programme, a Science-2-Business programme, a research showcase and many other activities.

    Project Updates

    March 2012

    We have registered for the conference in March. It seems a long way to go until July and we are among the first participants to register.

    We also booked our accomodation not to far from the conference centre. It will very convenient to attend early sessions.

    April 2012

    We have received all conformation for registration and accomodation bookings. There is no going back now. We are looking forward to this experience!

    June 2012

    We are currently studying the ESOF programme to agree on what session to attend. It is difficult to choose as so many topics are of interests to both of us, from pure science to reflection on science and society, research and researchers, Ireland and Europe, outreach and journalism…

    Lilian has set up her WordPress blog page.

    She has written a couple of entries to get into the mood of blogging and present the project and the ESOF conference. She will blog occasionally before the conference and every day during the conference from the 11th to the 15th of July.

    Why don’t you subscribe to Lilian’s blog to get updates?

    9 July 2012 update: Lilian is getting ready to report on attending the ESOP 2012 conference.
    She will share her experience of attending the largest general science event in Europe via social media:
    Additionally to her blog, Lilian will also provide updates on her Facebook and Twitter page while attending the conference.

    Thanks for checking out Lilian’s blog and supporting her project by becoming a follower!

    Lilian’s ESOF 2012 Facebook page


    Project Participants

    Lilian Fennell
    Student Partner
    Staff Partner

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