On 1 June, VA’s first activity within the EU project TechEthos was held in Sweden. Members of the public met researchers to talk about new emerging climate engineering technologies held as part of an evening Climate Bar event at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm.
The YouCount project is about using citizen science to boost young people’s inclusion in society. As part of the Swedish case, PhD student Dina Dabaghie has been sharing her own experiences with the young citizen scientists.
December saw the launch of Sweden’s national citizen science portal, medborgarforskning.se. At a conference on citizen science run by VA (Public & Science) on 8 December 2021, the portal was highlighted, along with the already up-and-running European portal EU-Citizen.Science.
Experiments, stand-up comedy, guided lab tours, classroom visits and answering all sorts of questions about research and what life might be like in the future, were some of the activities undertaken by researchers in Sweden as part of European Researchers’ Night. Known as ForskarFredag, the science festival ran from 20-25 September, engaging 350 researchers and around 27,000 participants across the whole of Sweden.
Global societal challenges together with growing public interest in science present both opportunities and challenges for the research world. Open Science is a way to ensure that citizens are involved in research, and that the views of different stakeholders are taken into consideration. How science communication practitioners, researchers, policy makers and research funding bodies can engage successfully with the public, and ensure that their values and interests are taken into account, was showcased and discussed at an international workshop on 25 June 2021.
This year’s online PCST conference provided VA with an opportunity to showcase the results of a number of its studies and public engagement and open science projects. VA’s contributions included visual presentations, insight talks and a roundtable discussion to delegates participating from numerous time zones across the globe.
Interest in research has soared and the need for effective science communication has never been greater. This year’s Forum for Science Communication (FFF) on 14 April 2021 took place under the umbrella of a tumultuous year full of challenges and opportunities. Participation was at a record high: over 600 science communicators, communication managers, journalists and others working with science communication took part in FFF 2021, representing more than 15 different countries. The Forum’s Facebook group also attracted nearly 1,000 members.
The aim of the Falling Walls International hubs is to connect the local and regional Science Engagement networks with the global Falling Walls community. In connection to the Swedish Forum for Science Communication on 14 April, some 50 international science engagers gathered for an hour of “Eftersnack”, an informal networking and knowledge exchange organised by Hub Sweden.
This year’sEngage Festival, organised by theNational Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) in the UK, offered a week-long smorgasbord of discussions, workshops, inspiring examples of practice and networking for those working with public engagement. VA contributed to two sessions and gained lots of inspiration throughout the event held online from 30 November – 4 December.
Test on fruits and plants! Use new technology and artificial intelligence! Which animals are most common in testing and do we test make-up on animals? The questions and reflections were many when we met high school students at Researcher’s Night – ForskarFredag in Swedish.