A major science conference is to open in Dublin this week, with Nobel laureates and leading scientific figures from around the world due to attend.

The biannual Euroscience Open Forum - a key event within the year-long Dublin City of Science festival - opens in the National Convention Centre on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

ESOF 2012 gives scientists from around the world a rare opportunity to meet and present their work to peers, as well as find out about the latest advancements and challenge other disciplines.

Sessions throughout the week will also provide would-be scientists and innovators with career advice, as well as the opportunity to display their creations.

Topics due to be covered over the course of the week include climate change, human genetics, space exploration and agriscience.

The forum is also the first major scientific event to take place since CERN’s announcement on the detection of the Higgs Boson particle last week, with CERN’s Director General Dr Rolf-Dieter Heuer due to talk about the search and the Large Hadron Collider on Saturday.

Other notable speakers scheduled to address attendees include NASA’s administrator Major General Charles F Bolden Jr and Professor James Watson, who won a Nobel Prize for his work in decoding the ‘double helix’ structure of DNA.

RTÉ will be reporting on ESOF 2012 throughout the week, with coverage taking place on radio and television from tomorrow.

RTÉ.ie will also be covering the forum each day, with updates available online or through the RTÉ News Now app.