The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

13-16 July 2022 Hybrid: online and in Leiden, Netherlands
The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

The ISC is excited to be partnering with the EuroScience Open Forum. On this page you will find information about the ISC at ESOF, and some of our useful resources for international science collaboration and advancing science as a global public good.

* ISC lunch, Friday 15 July: Please note that registrations are now closed for the ISC lunch. For enquiries, please contact

About the ISC

The Council convenes the scientific expertise and resources needed to lead on catalysing, incubating and coordinating impactful international action on issues of major scientific and public importance. The Council’s Action Plan forms a practical framework for the ISC’s work until the end of 2024, and to work towards our vision of science as a global public good.

The ISC works at the intersection of science and policy, particularly at the UN level, to ensure that science is integrated into international policy development and that relevant policies take into account both scientific knowledge and the needs of science.

The ISC delegation at ESOF

Motoko Kotani

ISC President-elect

Salim Abdool Karim

ISC Vice President for Outreach and Engagement


Irina Bokova

Co-Chair of ISC Global Commission on Science Missions for Sustainability

Mathieu Denis

ISC Acting CEO, and Science Director


Alison Meston

Communications Director


Lizzie Sayer

Senior Communications Officer

Holly Sommers

Communications Project Assistant

The ISC and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)

The ISC is proud to act as a trustee for INGSA, where its secretariat operates out of the thinktank, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland. INGSA has a global remit and has established regional chapters for Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen science advisory capacity at all levels of government. INGSA is the leading global network for the research, discussion and dissemination of best practice in providing evidence to inform public policy, including how evidence can be most effectively used to help achieve global accords such as the SDGs. 

Engage with the ISC at ESOF

Date TimeActivity
13 July16:00Opening Ceremony
Crossing Borders with Salim Abdool Karim as a panel guest
14 July17:15SS1.33
Tales of five inspiring women navigating today’s life-career minefield!
With Irina Bokova and moderated by Dominque Leglu
17:15-18:30 | Online room 3
15 July09:45PL2.1
Plenary Panel: Living in a world with pandemics
With Salim Abdool Karim as a panel guest
09:45-11:00 | Main stage (Stadsgehoorzaal)
15 July12:30ISC ESOF Champions VIP lunch in conjunction with KNAW
By invitation (see below to register)
With Irina Bokova, Peter Gluckman, Marileen Dogterom and the ISC delegation
12:30 – 14:00 | Faculty Club, Leiden
15 July15:45SS2.28
Rolling the Dice or Planning Ahead With Confidence? New COVID-19 Report Maps Out Our Most Realistic, Pessimistic and Optimistic Scenarios
With Peter Gluckman, Salim Abdool Karim, Lucia Reisch, Christiane Woopen and Peter Piot
15:45-17:00 | Online room 5
15 July15:45SS2.23
Giving and Taking Scientific Advice: Mind the Gap
With Irina Bokova and Rémi Quirion, INGSA, and former ISC Governing Board member, Pearl Dykstra
15:45-17:00 | Lorentz stage (KOG)
16 July08:00SS3.7
The Science in Exile Initiative: Displacement, Gender, and the Right to Science in the Global South
08:00-09:15 | Online room 5
16 July10:00PL3.1
Keynote Healthy Societies
With Peter Gluckman
10:00-11:00 | Main stage (Stadsgehoorzaal)

Explore ISC Resources

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Science as a Global Public Good

This ISC position paper considers those implications, exploring the ways they influence the responsibilities of scientists, both individually and collectively, and how they apply in the different settings in which science is practiced.

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A contemporary perspective on the free and responsible practice of science in the 21st century

This ISC position paper considers those A discussion paper of the International Science Council’s Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science.

COVID-19 Outcome Scenarios Project

The ISC launched its new COVID-19 report on 17 May 2022 outlining a range of scenarios over the mid- and long-term that aim to assist our understanding of the options for achieving an optimistic and fair end to the pandemic.

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Principles and Structures of science advice: An outline

An ISC-INGSA Occasional Paper on the development of a training module on science advice and diplomacy for the ISC community and Members.

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