09 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
Toulouse, France

2018 EuroScience Open Forum

ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people and the general public.

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Created in 2004 by EuroScience, this biennial European forum brings together over 4,000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science. More than 40% of the participants are students and young researchers.

Jan Marco Mueller, head of IIASA Directorate Office, is co-organizing the session 'COURAGE - An interdisciplinary dance science performance debate about sustainable futures' and is the organizer and speaker in the session 'Enthuse - Engage - Enlighten: Making facts great again'. Mueller will also represent IIASA at the Euroscience General Assembly.

Gloria Benedikt, Project Leader of the Science and Art program at IIASA, will be presenting COURAGE.

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COURAGE: An interdisciplinary dance science performance debate about sustainable futures

Good artists and good scientists are on a lifelong journey driven by curiosity searching for truth. On that journey, they reach out to the public for instance, with articles, books and performances. But perhaps we could get to a new place if we reach out together. That is the motivation behind the interdisciplinary dance science performance debate involving artists, scientists and decision makers: Lets join hands and create a crossroad in our quest to understand the present and draw a path for the future. The topic is COURAGE in times of multiple interconnected crises. How can we together tackle the pressing problems of our time: How can we say yes today when so many of us are losing hope?

A dance performance accompanied by a violin will be combined with a debate centered on the narrative of the ESOF theme 'Global change: challenges and opportunities'. In the debate the panelists will take up the impulse given by the artists and discuss how science, policy and arts must team up to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The artistic cast will include Gloria Benedikt, the Italian choreographer Mimmo Miccolis and the Dutch composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven.The debating cast will include: Anne Glover, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Lidia Brito, UNESCO Regional Director of Science for Latin America and the Caribbean, Valentina Montalto, Researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and will be moderated by Jan Marco Müller.

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