Should we stay or should we go?

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 the subject from different vantage points: Emmanouil (ED) characterises himself as a cynical optimist and Jean-Claude (JC) as a cheerful realist…
This week’s post focuses on human space exploration. 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

  • Undermining of science requires global response 

    March 17, 2017

    The new US administration has succeeded in doing something that is rarely achieved: getting scientists to speak with – almost – one voice. On 22 April 2017, hopefully, tens of thousands of scientists and concerned citizens will march in major cities world-wide to remind people and governments that science cannot work in isolation and behind veils. Read more

  • Planetary Protection of Outer Solar System (PPOSS) - promoting responsible space exploration 

    February 27, 2017

    With the arrival of Europeans in the New World during the fifteenth century, a variety of epidemic diseases decimated the indigenous population of the Americas. More recently, the introduction of non-native species, such as zebra mussels, in different locations around the world is causing devastating effects on local natural environments and economies.... Read more