Back in July, I attended the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), a biennial behemoth of a conference which moves around Europe. In 2014, Denmark will become the sixth country to host the event – an honour yet to be bestowed on the UK. This is perhaps a poor example (the inaugural conference was only held in 2004), but is it indicative of something wider? It did seem as though the number of UK delegates and speakers was lower than of Italy, France and our other major European neighbours, despite Dublin playing host on this occasion.

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