Istanbul was the host city for the 14th global PCST science communication conference that took place between 26 and 28 April 2016. The conference gathered some 300 delegates from 40 countries to discuss a wide range of issues in science communication practice, training and research. This year VA (Public & Science) contributed three engaging sessions to the programme on citizen science, factors influencing public confidence in science and ways of influencing Horizon2020, respectively.
Last year, Swedish school pupils helped scientists to bury over three thousand tea bags in the countryside. The Tea Bag Experiment is a mass experiment to investigate soil decomposition rates in different parts of the country and how the process is being affected by climate change. The results have now been published and show that the first phase of decomposition is particularly affected by a warmer climate.
Svenska skolelever hjälpte förra året forskare att gräva ner över tretusen tepåsar i skog och mark. Massexperimentet Tepåseförsöket undersöker hur jordens nedbrytningsförmåga ser ut runtom i landet och hur den kan komma att påverkas av klimatförändringarna. Nu publiceras resultaten – som visar att särskilt den första fasen i nedbrytningen påverkas av ett varmare klimat.
Sunil Kumar Ramamoorthy, a researcher in renewable plastics at the University of Borås, has won the Swedish 2015 Researchers’ Grand Prix and the title of Sweden’s best science communicator. Sunil’s presentation about plastics manufactured from corn, soybeans and flaxseed captivated both the audience and the jury at the final in Stockholm.