15h15 – 16h30, Wednesday 11th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.

Theme: Health in our societies
Cross cutting approaches: • Inequalities • Ethics • Risk and safety
Target audience: scientists, media, industry & business, policy-makers, general public, students


This ‘panel of opposites’ examines the science behind addictions and their brain reward systems, how ‘toxicant detectives’ find and determine harms and industry claims behind today’s product innovations such as vaping and e-cigarettes. Smoking remains the major preventable cause of death in the 21st century, as it was in the 20th.

10h15 – 11h30, Thursday 12th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.


On March 4, 2018, Sergei Skripal – a former Russian military officer and British spy – and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury, England. According to official UK sources, the poison was a Novichok nerve agent, a neurotoxicants developed in Russia about fifty years ago and their use leaves a business card at the crime scene. With over 70 million chemicals synthesised by chemists to date, is it possible to be more discreet in the 21st century?

13h30 – 14h45, Thursday 12th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.


Although the association between brain injury in sport, in particular boxing, and risk of dementia has been recognised for almost a century this issue only came to prominence in the last decade with the recognition of a specific neurodegenerative disease, known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy brain degeneration), in former American footballers; a subject dramatized in the film “Concussion” featuring Will Smith as Forensic Neuropathologist Dr Bennet Omalu.

AAAS ANNUAL MEETING, February 2018, Austin Texas, USA.

Session Summary:

Just as a pile of bricks is not a house, science without public engagement remains incomplete. Policymaking must be on the pulse of society’s wants or it too will fail in its application. Framing things as ‘science vs. society’ with science in the right doesn’t convince.

This session unites key actors striking a science & society policymaking balance to explore the interplay between ‘facts’ and ‘fears’ on 3 topical issues: vaccine hesitancy, food safety in nuclear disaster zone & eating bacteria for good health.