ESOF2016 Manchester: New travel grant scheme for journalists. Deadline: 25/04.

Manchester, the host city for the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016, is delighted to announce that it is offering a travel grant scheme for journalists wishing to attend and report on the conference this summer.

The ESOF 2016 Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists is now open and has been put in place due to the overwhelming response to a similar grant offered by Nature Publishing Group, which has already supported 15 journalists to attend the conference. 

Like the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists the new ESOF 2016 Travel Grant Scheme aims to help journalists attend ESOF and raise the profile of the conference through international press coverage. All members of the media are welcome to apply including early career/first job journalists.

The application window is open from today – Friday, 8 April 2016 – and will close at 12pm CET (noon) on Monday, 25 April 2016. Applicants should visit the ESOF2016 website to read the full grant scheme call and to apply.

Each application will be carefully reviewed by the ESOF 2016 delivery team in Manchester before a final decision is made in early May. Applications will be judged on the merits of their submitted CV and supporting statement.

Applicants who applied for the Nature Travel Grant Scheme but were unsuccessful are welcome to reapply.

For those unsuccessful in their bid for the ESOF 2016 Travel Grant Scheme, complimentary registration remains available to all media through the dedicated media registration platform.

For media enquires please contact:

Andy Parkinson, Head of Press – ESOF 2016 and European City of Science

+44 (0) 161 238 4529 | | @andy_parkinson


  1. – Proposition

In 2016 the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) will come to the UK for the first time; to Manchester, the historical Cottonopolis of the industrial revolution and home of wonder material Graphene.

ESOF is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting, which attracts more than 4,500 leading researchers, thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from over 90 countries.

Over the course of five days participants from across the scientific community will discuss and discover modern advancements in science and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

ESOF offers a window to the world, tackling the urgent issues of our time: from pandemics to artificial intelligence, big data to doping in sport – and media attending ESOF will have the opportunity to report on wide range of stories and announcements.

A grant fund has been established by the 2016 host city – Manchester – for journalists to attend, thereby increasing the impact and reach of ESOF.

The ESOF 2016 Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists is an extension of a scheme offered by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) – the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for journalists.

Applicants who applied for the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for journalists but were unsuccessful are welcome to reapply.

  1. – The scheme

In addition to free registration and attendance at key ESOF social events the ESOF 2016 Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists offers a lump sum of £600 to help cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence to attend ESOF2016. This sum is reduced by 30% (£420) for grantees residing in the United Kingdom.

  1. – Who can apply?

All journalists irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, place of residence and media (paper, radio, TV, web) are welcome to apply. Media accreditation for the conference will be required but can be completed after selection.

Early career/first job journalists in particular are encouraged to apply..

  1. – Application procedure

To submit an application, follow the link to , sign into the EuroScience Conference and Membership Platform (ESCMP) and click on “Apply for a Grant”. 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 Monday, 25 April 2016, 12:00 pm CET (noon).

  1. – Selection Committee and decision

The Selection Committee is composed of:

  • Andy Parkinson, head of press at ESOF 2016
  • Emma Pemberton-Eccles, head of marketing and communications at ESOF 2016

The selection of candidates will be based on the applicant’s CV and motivation statement to be involved in the ESOF Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists.

Please note that successful applicants in receipt of the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for ESOF 2016 are not eligible to apply for the ESOF Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists.

An email of decision will be sent during the week of Monday, 2 May 2016 to all candidates stating whether or not their application has been selected.

  1. – Payment conditions

Funds will be transferred to the grantees after ESOF 2016, subject to:

  • Participation in daily press briefings/activities organised by ESOF – exact details to be communicated at a later date.
  • Publishing of at least one article in any language about ESOF2016.
  • Submission of a one-page destination evaluation in English.
  • Completion of a feedback questionnaire regarding the scheme.
  1. – Information

 For any further information, please contact the EuroScience Office at