VA provides recommendations to the European Commission

Create more opportunities for dialogue between science and and the rest of society, for example through citizen consultations. Pay particular attention to audiences that are rarely involved in science communication activities. Work actively to involve all types of actors in Horizon2020, in particular civil society organisations. Create more research opportunities within the humanities and social sciences.

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Sweden one of most optimistic in EU about science and technology

Sweden is one of the EU countries with the most confidence in the potential of science and technological innovation to solve the societal challenges that we currently face, according to a new Eurobarometer. Swedes also rank climate change and the protection of the environment as their top priorities whereas, most of the rest of the EU want to see job creation and health care tackled first.

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The National Advocacy Platform responds to Horizon 2020 consultation on SwafS work programme 2016–2017

The consultation on the Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society Work Programme 2016–2017 aims at obtaining “views and and contributions from a broad constituency on the potential priorities for the ‘Science with and for Society’ work programme part covering the period 2016–2017”. Läs mer


A celebration of science – Researchers’ Night showcases research in 300 European cities

How does weightlessness affect the human body in space? Can sewage be used to generate electric energy? How do you clean paintings using bacteria? What does a singing whale sound like?

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British public select focus of £10 million UK science prize

Antibiotic resistance has been selected by the British public to be the focus for a £10m prize and the societal challenge they most want solved. The Longitude Prize is a science and technology competition being run by NESTA, the UK’s innovation foundation and funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency.

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Fifty shades of deceit – ESOF session on public perception of research misconduct

How research misconduct is reported is critically dependent on the relationship between science and the media. Does media coverage impact public confidence in research? How does the scientific community deal with research misconduct?

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Should science always be open? – Report from an ESOF seminar

What can you gain from opening up your data? What is the balance between benefits and concerns in relation to openness to knowledge and data? Does openness pose risks for privacy and patients?

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Misconduct and confidence – a media analysis

Does media coverage of research misconduct affect public confidence in science and scientists? This is the question that VA (Public & Science) has been investigating, together with the SOM (Society Opinion Media) Institute at the University of Gothenburg.

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New VA study reveals negative news about research is better than none

Does media coverage of research misconduct affect public confidence in science and scientists? A new study by Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science) and the SOM (Society Opinion Media) Institute at Gothenburg University suggests that this is not the case. However, people who regularly read a daily newspaper or watch news on the TV do have a more positive view of research.

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UK Awards celebrate public engagement excellence

Eight prizes have been awarded to researchers in the UK for excellence in engaging the public with science. The Engage Awards 2014 were launched by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) to find and celebrate the most innovative and effective public engagement work taking place in the UK.

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