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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Swedish Researchers’ Night – providing a glimpse into the future

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.

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New portal to help counter myths against covid vaccination

How do you have a constructive conversation with someone who doesn’t want to or is reluctant to be vaccinated against Covid-19? A new web portal has been launched in Sweden to help ordinary people address myths and misconceptions about the vaccines, using evidence-based advice and support. It is available in Swedish, English, Arabic and Somali.

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ForskarFredag 2021: Ask researchers about home and life in the future

During ForskarFredag, thousands of children, young people and adults will meet hundreds of researchers around Sweden. Research on the major issues for the future will be discussed, analysed and put to the test by universities, colleges, science centers, museums and via online events. It’s time for ForskarFredag!

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Engage the public in science through dialogue and co-creation – top tips and tricks

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.

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