VA Report 2019:8
Sweden’s researchers want to communicate more with the outside world but are hindered by both internal and external obstacles, according to a survey of 3,700 researchers at Swedish universities and colleges. The survey is the largest of its kind conducted to date in Sweden.
The survey shows that researchers want to engage in communication with the outside world to a greater extent than they currently do today, but are hindered by both internal factors; such as lacking knowledge and training in communication, and external ones; such as a lack of clarity about what resources are available to support communication activities.
The survey was conducted in the spring of 2019 and involved 3,699 researchers from 31 Swedish universities. The study is a collaboration between the research councils Forte, Formas, Vinnova and the Swedish Research Council, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science). The report is written by Dr Gustav Bohlin and Dr Martin Bergman, who both work as researchers at VA (Public & Science).
This report summarises the most important results and conclusions of the study. Download a PDF of the VA English summary.
A full account of the results, methodology and sampling is provided in VA report 2019:8, Jag vill, men hinner inte! – forskares syn på kommunikation och öppen vetenskap in Swedish only.
Diagrams (pdf format)
- What are the biggest barriers you face when communicating your research with the
- What would encourage you to spend more time on communication with the outside world?
- Overall, how well equipped do you feel you are to communicate your research with the outside world? (Men/Women)
- Which of the following statements about open science is closest to your personal view?
- Overall, how do you think a general transition to open science in the research community might affect your own work?