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The aim with ORION is to explore ways in which research and funding organisations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organise, and practice research. We have recently conducted a study in six European countries about the public’s attitudes toward Open Science and genome editing. At ESOF 2018 we would like to have your views. 

Join our sessions on 12 and 13 July and discuss how the push for Open Science can improve your research career. We also want to know: how you would like to get involved in research and your opinions on hot topic issues, such as genome editing. In our interactive workshop and dilemma café you will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas and knowledge with international representatives and experts.

ESOF - EuroScience Open Forum is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe where scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people and the general public discuss, debate and share knowledge. ESOF takes place 9-14 July and this year's theme is: "Sharing science: Towards New Horizons". The sessions are open for all participants at ESOF 2018 and no preregistration is needed. For more information about how to register for ESOF 2018, please have a look at the conference website.

Does Open Science Improve Your Career Prospects? Thursday 12 July at 10:15-11:30 

Researchers want to enhance their career prospects but it is still an ongoing debate, whether aspects of Open Science; such as Open Access, Open Data, and Public Engagement can provide this enhancement. Some aspects of Open Science seem to clash with traditional evaluation strategies for academic excellence. As a result, researchers are left with confusing and sometimes contradictory recommendations for career planning. 

Join this workshop to explore how Open Science could benefit your research career. Speakers are:

  • Luiza Bengtsson, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine
  • Lidia Borrell-Damian, European University Association
  • Isabelle Halleux, Université de Liège
  • Alexander Hasgall, EUA Council for Doctoral Education
  • Gareth O'Neill - EURODOC (European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers)

The session is arranged in collaboration with EUA, Council for Doctoral EducationFor more information get in contact with: Luiza Bengtsson (, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular and see our calendar.

Can public opinion shape the future of genome editing? Friday13 July at 13:30-14:45 

Genome editing has the potential to revolutionise the treatment and prevention of diseases. But, this technology also raises a range of ethical, scientific and social issues. What responsibilities do scientific stakeholders have in consulting the public, and how can public opinion influence the future of genome editing research? How and when should the public be engaged? How do opinions, attitudes and experiences vary across society, and are they influenced by factors such as, country, socio-economic status and gender?

Join our dilemma café and discuss with the following international representatives:

  • Mark Bale, Department of Health & Social Care, UK Government
  • Dr Carlo Carolis, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
  • Dr Luca Franchini, ANT Foundation, Italy
  • Lee Hibbard, Bioethics Unit, Council of Europe
  • Tony Whitney, Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government

Moderator: Michela Bertero, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain 

For more information get in contact with: Emma Martinez (, Babraham Institute and see our calendar.