When I was a child, I wanted to become a writer. A writer of children’s books, to be more precise. Maybe this had something to do with me having devoured most of the books in the children’s library of my hometown in the Netherlands. This dream has faded away over time, but my appetite for writing and communication has not. Getting an insight as an intern into what a professional organisation as VA does on a daily basis to bridge the gap between science and society, feels like being invited into the chef’s kitchen.
Did you know that our brain is inhabited by millions of little garbage collectors? Or that the human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap? Can you imagine the detrimental effects of fat that is stored in the wrong place? Human biology is fascinating and marvellous. But why would you even care about this information? Läs mer
När detta skrivs är det en vecka kvar till det svenska valet och den politiska diskussionen är intensiv i de offentliga rummen. Det är bra – en aktiv samhällsdebatt är en garant för demokrati, öppenhet och utveckling.
Leon, Yonis, Diana and their classmates file into the room. They take a seat on the chairs that have been neatly lined up in front of the screen for them. I welcome them with a smile, but I can’t help wondering what they’re thinking. Are they looking forward to our meeting, or are they impatiently waiting for the next hour to pass so they can move on to their much more important weekend plans? Surely, they must be excited about this unconventional school day and curious to hear what I have to tell them… Right?
Forskares ansvar för att kommunicera sina resultat och skapa möjlighet till dialog har på senare tid lyfts fram i debatten. Det gäller inte minst inom vårt område – arbetsmiljöforskning – då människor ofta har direkt nytta av vår kunskap.