Call for applications

ESOF HUB LOGO 3Nature Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists
ESOF2014 – Copenhagen, 21-26 June 2014

1. – Purpose
Created by EuroScience, the biennial ESOF – EuroScience Open Forum – meeting is the largest pan-European general science meeting dedicated to scientific research and innovation. At ESOF meetings leading scientists, researchers, young researchers, journalists, business people, entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers, science and technology communicators and the general public from all over the world discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a publisher of high impact scientific and medical information in print and online.Throughout all its businesses NPG is dedicated to serving the scientific and medical communities and the wider scientifically interested general public. NPG has supported ESOF since its very first meeting in 2004.
Similar to the 2012 edition of meeting, NPG is funding the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for journalists to attend ESOF2014 with the aim to increase the impact of ESOF.
2. – The scheme
In addition to free registration, the Nature Travel Grant Scheme offers a lump sum of 750 euro to help cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence to attend ESOF2014. This sum is reduced by 30% (525 euro) for grantees residing in Denmark or in the Öresund region.

3. – Who can apply?
Journalists irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, place of residence and media (paper, radio, TV, web) are welcome to apply. Media accreditation will be required.

4. – Application procedure
To submit an application, follow the link to http://www.esof.eu/hub/user_session/new, sign into the ESOF database and click on “Apply for a Scholarship” at the bottom of your profile page. Follow the application procedure.
On submitting the application form for travel grants, you agree to the full acceptance of the rules and to the decision taken by the Selection Committee.
The deadline for submitting an application is the 31st January 2014, 12:00 pm CET.

5. – Selection Committee and decision
The Selection Committee is composed of:
• Gail Cardew, Chair of the ESOF Supervisory Board.
• Alice Henchley, Head of Press at Nature Publishing Group.
• Carl Johan Sundberg, ESOF Initiator and Coordinator Science & Society at the President’s Office, Karolinska Institute.
The selection of candidates will be based on the applicant’s CV and motivation statement to be involved in the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for ESOF 2014.
An email of decision will be sent by the 7th of March 2014 to all candidates stating whether or not their application has been selected.

6. – Payment conditions
Money will be transferred to the grantees after the meeting, subject to:
• Mandatory participation in the daily briefings organized by the EuroScience Office.
• Publishing of at least one article in any language about ESOF2014.
• Provision of a one-page travel report in English.
• Completion of a feedback questionnaire regarding the scheme.

7. – Information
For any further information, please contact the EuroScience Office at esof@euroscience.org

About Viola Egikova

Viola Egikova - science journalist based in Moscow, president of Intellect, Vice-President of the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations, Programme Coordinator of All Russia Science Festival