Marie Curie: Inspiring millions, advancing European science

She received two Nobel Prizes, has served as an inspirational figure to countless women (and men) in science, and has a Continent-wide fellowship program named after her to promote the brightest scientific minds and innovations. The Marie Curie Fellowships, administered by the EU, are so prestigious that recipients regularly gush about its virtue as a career game-changer. Only 8% of applicants receive fellowships each year, but this low rate of acceptance does not deter scholars; on the contrary, says Jordi Curell Gotor, who oversees the Marie Curie Fellowships as Director Lifelong learning, higher education and international affairs, DG Education and Culture, European Commission. The number of applications continues to rise annually. So far, 50,000 researchers from 120 nations have received these prestigious grants since the program’s inception in 1996.

Jean-Patrick Connerade: Science meets poetry, with a Danish flavour

Jean-Patrick Connerade, is emeritus professor of physics at Imperial College London, UK, and the president of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (EASAL). He is also a poet in his own right, writing in French, under the pen name of Chaunes. To many, science would seem the very opposite of poetry, being born of reason and rational deduction, whereas a poem appears as the fruit of imagination. Amongst all literary forms, poetry is the one most likely to be associated with the irrational. This could perhaps explain the hidden tension which has driven so many scientists, from Omar Khayyam to Robert Oppenheimer and from William Hamilton to Marie Curie to write poetry.

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What mysterious forces bring Science and Poetry together? Why did William Hamilton, Tycho Brahe and Marie Curie all write verse? How is it that Omar Khayyam wrote a treatise on algebra and why was Percy Bysshe Shelley fascinated by chemistry? To the contrary, why did Mary Shelley dream up the tale of Frankenstein? Poets from all over Europe gather at each EuroScience Open Forum ESOF to consider the complex relationship between Science and Poetry

UniSAFE – A pRoject aiming to eradicate gender-based violence in academia and research

UniSAFE is a three-year project funded by the European Commission aiming to eradicate gender-based violence in academia and research. Launched in 2021, the project will provide up-to-date, robust and reliable data on gender-based violence, including newly emerging forms of violence, in universities and research performing organisations. These results will then be translated into recommendations and a toolbox for universities and research organisations intent on eradicating it.

25 years EuroScience: Interview of the Former Secretary General Raymond Seltz

For the 25 years of EuroScience, we will publish each month a short interview with some persons who witnessed and participated in the evolution of the association. This month, Raymond Seltz, former Secretary-General and current Deputy Secretary-General will give some insights into EuroScience from his point of view.