Plastic litter in the oceans has major consequences for humans, plants and animals, but it is a problem that starts on land. In the Plastic Experiment, school pupils are helping researchers to undertake a scientific study of the extent of plastic found in the Swedish natural environment. During two weeks in Spring, school classes collected and categorised 19,536 plastic items in places around Sweden.
How can science communication be better adapted to the conditions of today? This is something that has been investigated as part of the EU RETHINK project, in which VA was responsible for the Swedish hub. The project, which has now come to an end after three years, has produced a range of resources and recommendations to strengthen science communication across Europe.
Traditional news media continue to be Swedes’ main source of news about the coronavirus. Researchers enjoy a high level of confidence and the lifting of restrictions in Sweden did not affect public confidence in the professional groups who comment on the coronavirus. These are the results of a follow-up survey conducted by the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science) to investigate communication about the coronavirus in Sweden.
Incomprehensible, horrifying, worrying. After two years of pandemic, the world as we know it has been turned upside down again. We are all affected and concerned by Russia’s war against Ukraine. But there is a lot we can do to reduce fears and contribute to evidence-based democratic development.
With ten different cases in nine European countries, YouCountis an opportunity for researchers and young people to work together. Female researchers play an important role in the development and running of the project. On International Women’s Day, VA intern Dina Dabaghie wrote a post for the YouCount blog.
This year marks 20 years since VA (Public & Science) was founded, which will be celebrated throughout 2022. VA anniversary gifts include a programme of seminars and activities plus a new open science toolbox, to further highlight the need for dialogue between researchers and society and to make science accessible to all!
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.
Researchers belong to the professional groups that most Swedes trust, when they comment on the coronavirus in the media. This is one of the findings of a new study recently published by the non-profit Swedish organisation VA (Public & Science).