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EuroScientist coverage of ESOF 2014 on Storify

You can now follow all the updates related to the ESOF 2014 conference on our Storify account. This account will be updated throughout the conference with news, photos and news, so that those of you who cannot attend the conference, can still share in the fun. We will let you know about the atmosphere, the gossips, the exciting sessions and parties too. Stay tuned! Read more [...]
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ESOF 2014 Special Issue – Print Edition

What can a conference like this one bring to you? Those among our readers who have a sweet tooth will agree that such events can be compared to the cherry on the cake of academic life. Once every two years, it is time to enjoy a stimulating flow of discussions. Participants are guaranteed to have fruitful encounters with other people from various horizons. They may not be like-minded but, at least, share similar concerns about European science, policy or science communication. This is what ESOF 2014 is about! Read more [...]

ESOF 2014 Special Issue

Those among our readers who have a sweet tooth will agree that such events can be compared to the cherry on the cake of academic life. Once every two years, it is time to enjoy this event, conducive to a stimulating flow of discussions. Participants are guaranteed to have fruitful encounters with people from various horizons, who may not be like-minded, but at least share similar concerns about European science, policy or science communication. This is what ESOF 2014 is about! Read more [...]
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Multiple perspectives matter in shaping science policy too

The most popular Danish cultural export in recent times is arguably the TV series Borgen. Outlining the intricacies of the mechanisms of democracy, the series follows Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg in her rise and fallout from power. Scientific themes are pervading the series because science remains at the heart of many societal issues debated by politicians prior to translating decisions into policies that ultimately will affect citizens. Issues at stakes in the series range from the environment, with green power production, to agriculture, with intensive pigs farming. Read more [...]
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Do European countries need a Chief Scientific Adviser?

Health, transport, science and security: these are the areas of government where the mantra of 'evidence-based policy making' is repeated across departments. Especially for science, one would think that each European member State would have an easily identifiable individual that can provide independent, trusted advice to leaders on controversial topics such as shale gas or genetically modified crops. Read more [...]
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Anne Glover — the art of providing scientific advice to policy makers

Anne Glover currently serves as Chief Scientific Adviser to the President, European Commission. She is also a Scottish biologist and professor of molecular biology and cell biology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. She was previously the first ever Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, between 2006 and 2011. We present here an exclusive Skype interview of Anne Glover with the EuroScientist. In this interview, Glover talks about the art of providing science policy advice to policy makers, using evidence-base... Read more [...]

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