The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is one of Europe’s leading scientific conferences, an interdisciplinary, pan-European general science meeting that attracts over 5,000 delegates. In 2012, the chief concern of the ESOF organisers was a destination easily accessible to an international audience, a compact city that would be easy to navigate, one rich in culture and history, and known for its hospitality.
Conference Partners International worked together with the local organising committee and Meet in Ireland to create an ambitious bid proposal — one that would ultimately succeed in bringing this global event to the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) in Ireland’s capital city.
ESOF aims to strengthen the links between science and society, while also fostering a European platform for debate on science and technology. The main objective of the 2012 edition was to showcase the latest advances in science and technology, promote a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy, and to stimulate excitement and debate. Conference Partners met these objectives by creating an environment in which stakeholders could come together to network and build relationships.
Conference Partners worked closely with the ESOF 2012 team to deliver an innovative and creative event that met and surpassed expectations. Over 300 members of the international media (with both a science and a general focus) were present at the conference, making sure that the insights and observations that were shared there reached a wider audience — an impactful legacy for ESOF 2012.
The numbers speak for themselves: at ESOF 2012, there were over 200 volunteers, 680 speakers, 350 local and international media, 120 sessions and 160 “science in the city” events. Delegates travelled from over 90 countries, 87 sponsors and exhibitors were present, 30 room changes took place over five days, and 27 keynote speakers took to the stage.
Client feedback was extremely positive. “Our relationship with Conference Partners International has been an excellent one. If we were seeking to organise an event like this again, they’d be our first port of call.”