As Office Coordinator, I am responsible for administrative activities and the smooth running of VA’s headquarters. I also help with the organisation of Swedish Researchers’ Night and VA’s annual conference.
I am strategically responsible for VA’s communication activities and Project Manager of some of VA’s dialogue activities, which seek to stimulate dialogue between researchers and the public in various ways. My tasks include planning VA’s communications strategy. I am also responsible for the development of our digital communications.
There is a gap between academia/researchers and other parts of society. VA’s role is to bridge this gap and the aim is to get these two worlds to understand and talk to each other through dialogue. To create a better world and for the future.
I am national coordinator for ForskarFredag (Research Friday), Sweden’s most widely distributed science festival. Research Friday brings together meeting places between researchers and the public throughout Sweden on the last Friday and Saturday in September. Visitors meet researchers face to face and get a greater understanding of what research is, how researchers work and how research affects our everyday lives.
As part of ForskarFredag, we organise a science communication competition called the Researchers’ Grand Prix, with regional heats held around the country, which I coordinate nationally.
I work as a moderator and project manager, partly at VA (Public & Science), and also through my own company Melker Media. My work includes project and process management of conferences and seminars, the development of concepts and workshops, for example communications training for researchers.
At VA, projects that I’m involved in include our activities at Almedalen political week, VA’s annual conference and the final of Researchers’ Grand Prix.
All research is worth communicating. By doing this, scientists get additional feedback on their research, it brings up new issues that they may not have previously considered, and they are forced to think about the essence of their research – all of which leads to better research! At VA, we are constantly looking for new ways that researchers can engage the public in dialogue.
As a Digital Communications Manager, I, along with Lotta, are responsible for VA (Public & Science)’s digital presence. My work involves maintaining and developing our digital communications so that VA’s activities and messages reach even more people. In 2019, I will be involved in projects such as the science festival ForskarFredag (Researchers’ Night), Researchers’ Grand Prix, VA’s presence at Almedalen and our annual conference, known as VA Day.
In order for research to be able to solve the problems that society faces, dialogue and collaboration between the public and researchers is crucial. However, in our digitalised age, there are also actors who want increasingly to influence us and it is becoming easier to spread false information. Confidence in research and closer contact between researchers and the public is therefore important so that we can make better decisions about how we want society to develop.
I’m a passionate communication consultant and project leader at VA. I’m a former academic researcher and feel strongly that scientific results shouldn’t be stuck in research papers but should be available for everyone. This doesn’t just mean that the public should have access to research findings, but that results are presented well in the context of society.
VA works to promote dialogue and openness between the public and researchers. We do this by organising different events at which the public gets the opportunity to meet and discuss different issues directly with researchers. As an Office Coordinator and Project Assistant, I’m responsible for providing day-to-day administrative support within VA’s office and for our event administration. In addition, I am responsible for mapping projects of interest in other countries that facilitate communication between researchers and the public.
I’m a senior lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University. Since 2017, I’ve been working together with VA (Public & Science) in projects regarding citizens’ trust in and the media’s representation of research and researchers. This collaboration is done within the project Vetenskapen i Samhället (Science in Society).
During fall 2019 and spring 2020 I’ll be participating in a transfer programme (PUSH) where the university is financing me being at VA one day a week. The aim is to develop collaborations around research, teaching and science communication. During this period, I’ll mainly keep working with ViS, foremost with the new project Varför så dålig hum om humaniora? (about the public’s view on humanities). I’m also aiming to identify new themes for research and teaching collaborations together with VA.
As a Communications Manager at VA, I am involved in many different projects. Among other things, my work includes communication activities for the Researchers’ Grand Prix and VA’s reports. I also work with graphic design and provide technical support for VA’s web platforms
As a Swedish expert organisation for open science, citizen science and science communication, VA has an important role to play in promoting and enhancing collaboration, public engagement and dialogue between actors within academia, policymaking, society and business at national, European and international levels.
Science, research and innovation have no borders. Through collaboration, inclusion and knowledge exchange at different levels, we seek to achieve sustainable societal development.