Britain is often seen as a leader in public engagement and activity that creates dialogue between scientists, the public, media and politicians. A Science Communication Forum held in April in Gothenburg brought together over 350 science communicators from across Sweden to gain inspiration from four leading British experts on public engagement. The Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson, also participated in the event.
Most Swedes have a high confidence in scientists. There is also widespread agreement that investment in research leads to a better society for all, according to a new report published by VA (Public & Science) and the SOM Institute at the University of Gothenburg.
Science & You is a French cultural and scientific international event that was held from 2-6 June in Nancy, France. The programme consisted of a diverse range of activities for both public and professional audiences, with over 10,000 visitors in total. The Journées Hubert Curien Conference on the theme of science communication was attended by two VA colleagues, who both contributed with sessions.
Swedish children and teenagers are pretty diligent at eating fruit and vegetables, according to the results of a mass experiment organised as part of Researchers’ Night. In the Vegetable Experiment, scientists at the Swedish National Food Agency enlisted the help of over 5500 pupils, who acted as research assistants for a day. Carrots and apples top the list of most eaten vegetables and fruit.
Political speeches, adverts, news articles all contain facts but how do you know if a story or claim has actually been fact checked? A new website, Fact Check Central, recently launched by the British organisation Sense about Science, gathers a number of fact checking blogs all in one place, making it easier to follow who is checking what.
Is it possible to read the future in tea leaves? This is what scientists at Umeå University are hoping to find out and they are now looking for school classes across Sweden to participate in a mass experiment that will help to inform climate change research. The so-called ‘Tea Bag Experiment’ is part of the European science festival, Researchers’ Night.