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New climate survey hopes to improve public understanding

There is an overwhelming consensus among scientists on the causes of climate change − with 97 percent agreeing that it is mainly the result of human activity. At the same time Americans question the agreement among scientists that global warning is a result of human actions.

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18/3 2013 – Children’s photographs reveal dangerous environments

  Press release 18 March 2013 The places that children perceive to be the most risky are roads, buildings, the outdoors, their homes and playgrounds. These are the findings of an analysis of photographs taken by children from across the whole of Sweden. “I was most surprised by how many children identified crowding on the…

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VA Barometer 2012/13 English

VA Report 2012:5 Some ups, some downs Confidence in researchers at universities and in companies increases. People’s view on the degree to which scientific and technological advances affect their lives remains stable. Support for register-based research is widespread. A career in research is seen as less attractive. These are some of the results in the…

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VA Information folder 2012/2013 in English

Information about VA and Public & Science’s members. Printed in February 2013.  

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12/12 2012 – Confidence in researchers increases

  Press release 12 December 2012 A large majority of Swedes have a high level of confidence in researchers. Most of them also believe that both scientific and technological developments have made life better for people. At the same time, the number of people who believe that research can help boost economic growth has reduced….

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05/12/2012 – Marie Dacke is nominated best science communicator in Sweden

  Press Release 05/12/2012 A researcher in sensory biology at Lund University has won the final of the first Researcher Grand Prix in Sweden – a national competition in which competitors present their research in a very short amount of time. Marie Dacke was selected as the winner by an expert panel of judges and…

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Sipping science with a Science Café

Interested in setting up a science café? Then the new web-book, Sipping science with a science café, is for you. This 130-page book looks at every aspect of science cafés – the history, practicalities, challenges, expectations and impacts. It also takes a truly global view of science cafés, with many funny and moving examples of…

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Science and Society: the New Frontier

The science-society relationship is a new frontier for science policy makers, says a new report from the European Science Foundation (ESF). A special members’ forum commissioned by ESF in 2010 reached its conclusions this summer with an in depth report calling for far-reaching strategy changes and actions within the Science and Society field.

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ESOF session: “Scientists need to feel that engagement is important!”

At the Euroscience Open Forum in Dublin, VA (Public & Science) organised a well-attended session on the theme of communication between scientists and the public. The conclusions drawn from the session included the need for clear incentives and for scientists to feel that engagement is important in order to be willing to engage with the…

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Motivators for public engagement – ESOF round table

“Engagement should tap into a scientist’s core values”. “Bad engagement is worse than no engagement at all”. “The whole culture of science and society needs to be changed so each fully appreciates the other”.

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