Later this week Science's European news staff will descend on ESOF 2008, Europe's answer to the annual AAAS meeting. ESOF (Euroscience Open Forum) is currently held every other year and this year's conference in Barcelona is the third such event--ESOF 2004 was in Stockholm and ESOF 2006 was in Munich. I would normally say the diverse program offers a smorgasbord of activities, but given our Spanish location, I think a broad tapas menu is the more apt analogy. Indeed, ESOF will each day host a "Tapas with the Professor." Other items that have caught our eye are a Science meets Poetry session that includes contemporary poets, including a Nobel prize-winning scientist, and a session on "Atomic Detectives", the forensic scientists tracking nuclear material and trying to prevent it from landing in the wrong hands. Come back starting Friday for a taste of this Barcelona meeting.
--John Travis, Science's European News Editor