VA Barometer 2022: Swedes’ confidence in researchers higher than ever before

Press release 27 January 2022

Never before have so many Swedes had such high confidence in researchers at universities. This is one of the findings of this year’s VA Barometer, conducted by the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science). It is the 20th Barometer since it was first conducted in 2002.

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Stockholm air quality at your fingertips

Which route around  the city would be healthiest for your respiratory system right now? Anyone traveling around Stockholm will be able to learn that directly via their mobile phones and from billboards at key city locations. In the CitizAir project, KTH, SLB-analys and VA (Public & Science) are collaborating to visualise air pollution data together with Stockholm residents.

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Communication about corona – media reporting and trust during the Covid-19 pandemic – English summary

The corona pandemic has been a dominant topic in public discourse since the winter of 2020. In collaboration with researchers at Södertörn University and Karolinska Institutet, VA (Public & Science) has conducted a study to investigate how people in Sweden are receiving and interpreting information about the pandemic, and how the pandemic is being reported by the media. The objective was to investigate what influences people’s perceptions in a crisis situation where research and researchers play a central role amidst a constantly changing flow of information.

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The journey towards Open Science has only just begun

Public dialogues, citizen science, game development and co-creation activities. For 4.5 years, VA (Public & Science) together with 8 European partners has been testing different ways to involve the public and other stakeholders in the research process. The aim of the EU ORION Open Science project was to investigate how research and funding organisations can ”open up” the way they fund and do research.

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