By Elspeth Houlding, PR Officer at the British Science Association


In 2016 the title of European City of Science comes to the UK for the first time.  Manchester the city of Dalton, Rutherford and Turing will host a yearlong celebration of science and innovation – the highlight being the EuroScience Open Forum 2016, Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary science meeting (23 – 27 July), which features a festival of science open to all. 

What is the EuroScience Open Forum?

ESOF if the largest interdisciplinary science meeting. It brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.

The overarching theme of the 2016 Forum is ‘Science as Revolution’, encouraging debate and exploration of how science and technology transform our lives, constantly challenging how we think and act and is a recognition of Manchester's heritage as a science city.

But why Manchester?

Manchester has an impressive scientific heritage, with numerous intellectual successes establishing the city as a key European centre of academic discovery. Pioneering breakthroughs include the first 'true' canal, the first intercity railway station and the first stored program computer. Major discoveries in physics by scientists either educated or born in Manchester include the electron (J. J. Thomson, 1897), the proton (Rutherford, 1917), the neutron (James Chadwick, 1934).

It is the city in which John Dalton, James Prescott Joule, and Alan Turing all studied. Manchester was the first global industrialised city and has a long history of innovation and exploiting science and technology for commercial success, from the splitting of the atom (the foundation of atomic power), to the first modern computer.

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