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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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Scientific Culture and its place in Swedish Society

Scientific culture in Sweden in relation to policy decisions and economic success is the subject of a new report by VA. Part of the EU-funded PLACES project, this report takes an in-depth look into how local and national policies have influenced science, research and innovation in Sweden today and over the last decades. Decisions taken…

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Scientific culture in Sweden – A report prepared for the PLACES EC FP7 project

VA report 2012:3 This report describes the scientific culture in Sweden, focusing on the place of science in society and scientific culture in local policies. Some of the main science centres, museums and science events in Sweden are also described. The report was composed for the EU funded FP7 project PLACES (Platform of Local Authorities…

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21/3 2012 – A widening gap in public confidence in research

  Press Release 21 March 2012 Public confidence in scientists and research has declined over the past decade. Differences in attitudes are becoming greater between highly educated and less educated people. These are the findings of a new analysis that has been done of opinion surveys carried out by VA (Public and Science), together with…

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