Plea to the EU: Enhance Science Engagement ambitions

VA has signed Ecsite’s open letter to the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Mœdas. The letter calls for an inversion of the “top-down” dissemination of scientific results in favour of involving citizens in the co-creation and co-design of the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Including VA, the open letter is endorsed by 135 networks and organisations.

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VA runs its first Pop-Up Science Shop at Almedalen

VA (Public & Science) ran its first pop-up Science Shop on 1 July during Almedalen Week in Visby, Sweden. Throughout the day, researchers from Swedish research organisations encouraged visitors to stop by the Pop-Up Science Shop to discover how research can be used to inform solutions to societal issues and to identify questions that they’d like to be answered by research.

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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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Could you involve the public with your research? 

ORION Open Science has opened an exciting new funding call for co-creative research projects worth up to 100,000€. One co-creative project that brings on board a variety of different groups, such as researchers, industry, government, charities and the general public, to get involved with research from design through to completion will be funded.

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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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What makes science newsworthy? New VA study of Swedish science journalists reveals the decisions behind the headlines

Healthy food, the climate and immigration. These are the three research areas that stir up the most debate amongst the general public, according to Swedish science journalists. Twelve journalists were interviewed to investigate what influences their reporting of scientific issues in a new report, recently published by the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science).

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Swedish Star-Spotting Experiment off to a sparkling start

The Star-Spotting Experiment, this year’s citizen science project in connection with the European Researchers’ Night events in Sweden, is now well underway. Members of the public across Sweden are helping scientists to measure light pollution by counting stars in the sky and recording the data in a specially-designed app. Here we catch up with Lena Söderström, Project Manager at VA (Public & Science), who is coordinating the Star-Spotting Experiment, to find out how the project is progressing.

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