Julia Brink

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Julia Brink

Project Manager

Tel: +46 (0) 73-705 73 21
Email: [email protected]


I am the national coordinator for ForskarFredag (Research Friday), Sweden’s most widely distributed science festival and part of the Euoropean Researchers’ Night. 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.


David Borgström

David Borgström

Communications Manager

Tel: +46 73-996 95 75
Email: [email protected]


As a Communications Manager, I work both strategically and operationally to promote Vetenskap & Allmänhet’s activities. I support our researchers and project managers, and my work involves producing content for our digital channels, among other things.

I believe that the effective communication of scientific knowledge can play an important role in promoting trust and common sense in our complex knowledge society. As a communications professional, I am keen to contribute to the creation of more – and better – interfaces between research and wider society.

During 2022, my communications work will focus on YouCount, an Open Science Toolbox and VA’s 20th anniversary activities.


Gustav Bohlin

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Gustav Bohlin

Researcher, PhD

Tel: +46 (0) 73-844 55 66
Email: [email protected]


As a Researcher, I mainly work with VA’s studies and surveys. Often, these involve different methods to develop new knowledge about engagement, attitudes and conditions for dialogue between researchers and other groups in society.

Dialogue and an increased knowledge exchange between science and society stimulate curiosity and learning, but are also important for democratic reasons. With our knowledge and expertise, VA can create good conditions for such meetings.

Examples of projects that I’m involved in: the VA Barometer, Science in Society (ViS), Researchers’ views on science communication and open science, Communication about corona and Super MoRRI.


Martin Bergman

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Martin Bergman

Researcher, PhD

Tel: +46 (0)70-255 38 91
Email: [email protected]


I work on VA’s annual surveys investigating public attitudes to research, namely the VA Barometer & Science in Society (ViS). In addition, I am involved in VA’s mass experiments for schools, which are carried out each year as part of Swedish Researchers’ Night. My work also includes investigating researchers’ views on science communication and open science and a recently started project investigating why a lot of people don’t understand what the humanities are.

In addition, I represent VA on the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ National Committee for Biology and am also on the Advisory Board of Wissenschaft im Dialog’s science barometer.


Cissi Askwall

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Cissi Askwall

Secretary General

Tel: +46 (0) 70-626 44 74
Email: [email protected]


As Secretary General, I lead the VA and am responsible for the organisation’s staff and finances. I also have a lot of contact with VA’s members and am often out of the office talking about our work at conferences and meetings. With my background in journalism and communications, I enjoy writing and speaking about research communication and public engagement.

Until all researchers understand the need to engage in dialogue with other parts of society, and until people understand that research is essential to the progression of society, VA will have a role to play.