There’s a place - a four-star hotel for experts at ESF

ESF has a long track record as a home base for expert boards, committees and virtual institutes, having set up and/or hosted several since 1974 in diverse scientific domains, including space sciences, radio-astronomy frequencies, nuclear physics, marine and polar sciences, and materials science. Read more
  • Key Concepts in Peer Review: Who are the “peers” in peer review? 

    September 22, 2017

    One of the main activities of ESF-Science Connect is conducting peer review missions. In this post, the first in a series about key concepts in peer review, ESF shares some of its 40+ years of expertise in the peer review process, and explains the concept of a “peer” in the context of an ESF-led peer review exercise. Read more

  • Should we stay or should we go? 

    September 06, 2017

    This blog post is the first in a series of informal dialogues around issues in space sciences, between two of our in-house scientists: Dr. Jean-Claude Worms, our CEO, and Dr. Emmanouil Detsis, one of our Science Officers. The discussions will range from technical to philosophical, and although both authors are advocates of space exploration, they approach... Read more

  • Launch of the beta-version of the MERIL portal 

    July 06, 2017

    The MERIL-2 project launched a beta-version of the new MERIL portal in Rome on the 20th of June, 2017, in its first public event, which welcomed a diverse group of research infrastructure (RI) stakeholders. Read more

  • DEMOCRITOS: a spacecraft for 21st century space exploration 

    June 29, 2017

    Some time ago, ESF and its partners concluded work on the DEMOCRITOS project. It has been quite an interesting two-year effort. DEMOCRITOS is/was an EC H2020 Space-funded Coordination and Support action, with the aim of exploring the high-level design of demonstrators necessary for the realization of a nuclear electric propulsion-based spacecraft, in the... Read more

  • Science and the Entrepreneurial State 

    June 06, 2017

    The title of this post is adapted from Mariana Mazzucato’s book “The Entrepreneurial State,” published in 2013, and in which she successfully – at least in my view – debunks a number myths that modern capitalism has impressed upon most of us concerning the role of private entrepreneurs in innovation. I am attempting below to link that discussion with the... Read more

  • Strasbourg: City of Science! 

    May 11, 2017

    Strasbourg is a great place in which to work and live! This historic city is over 2000 years old, and boasts one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe. It is home to several international institutions and has been the European Capital since the Second World War.
    The city is regularly in the limelight – it knows how to stand out! European,... Read more

  • Progress report: the career tracking survey of doctorate holders 

    April 27, 2017

    Launched in October 2016, the career tracking project has completed its crucial phase of questionnaire design and survey preparation. After having been open for one month (14/03-13/04), this online survey collected over 2000 complete responses, which represents on average 24% of all those who received the survey invitation. Read more

  • ESF – Science Connect is in orbit! 

    April 20, 2017

    The European Science Foundation has placed its new services division Science Connect in a safe orbit on 3 April 2017, opening up thereby a new period of ESF support to the European Research Area. Read more

  • 3 rules for running a successful scientific meeting 

    April 13, 2017

    Scientific meetings may vary from one-day workshops of 1-20 people to multiple-day meetings of 100 or more delegates, including keynote speeches, poster sessions, or social events. Scientific meetings are at the heart of a scientist's professional life since they provide an opportunity for networking and exploring new ideas. At their best, scientific... Read more