BLOOM brings the Swedish forest to the suburbs of Stockholm

Did you know that the forest can be found in every aspect of your everyday life, from food packaging to the latest fashion? On 12-13 June, VA took the opportunity to bring the forest into the suburbs of Stockholm and to talk about the bioeconomy with visitors at Järvaveckan, a political festival that this year attracted more than 50,000 people.

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From ideas to real life projects

“The ORION Open Science project has helped CEITEC Masaryk University to introduce new processes within our institute and to lead the way to Open Science in Central and Eastern Europe” said Jiri Nantl, Director of CEITEC in his welcome speech at the ORION Open Science Annual meeting which took place in Brno, Czech Republic on 6-7 May 2019.

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Why should the public be involved in science?

“For research to be really impactful, the public has to be involved. They need to understand the research and we need to help to connect the research to what people care about,” says Imran Khan, Head of Public Engagement at Wellcome Trust in the UK, one of the world’s largest research funders. But do the public wish to be involved in science? The German and Swedish Science Barometers, the EU-project ORION Open Science European public attitudes survey and the Wellcome Trust Global Monitor have all asked this question.

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Sparking interest in Science through Space

How do I maximise my chances of becoming an astronaut? What does it feel like to look down on earth from space? These and many more questions were answered by astronauts Christer Fuglesang and Chiaki Mukai as they took part in a conference organised by Umbilical Design and VA (Public & Science) on 8 October in Stockholm.

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Trust – a key factor for science in the digital age

Thanks to digital media, science has become more accessible – but which actors are trustworthy? This was discussed at the seminar “Has digital media changed how people feel about science?”, arranged by Vetenskap & Allmänhet and the Royal Institution of Great Britain on 12 July at the ESOF conference in Toulouse, France.

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VA talks science shops at the Living Knowledge conference

The 8th Living Knowledge conference was held in Budapest from 30 May to 1 June. Two VA colleagues, Helen Garrison and Martin Bergman, joined other SciShops partners to present some of the project’s work so far and gain inspiration from others in the Living Knowledge network.

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ECSA 2018 – post-conference reflections on citizen science

The second international conference of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4–5 June 2018. VA’s Fredrik Brounéus and Dick Kasperowski from the University of Gothenburg gained inspiration for their current work building a Swedish national portal for citizen science. And, as often with conferences, they returned home with more questions than answers.

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