In the last two weeks of September, more than 3,000 Swedish pupils will be out on the hunt, with their mobile phones at the ready. Pokémon? No, notice boards! In the Notice Board mass experiment, researchers and pupils will be undertaking pioneering research together.
Pupils who have a greater understanding of science and the ability to think like a scientist. This is the result when schools themselves get to invite researchers to assist pupils in the classroom, according to a recent evaluation of the Swedish project School Meets Science.
In response to a call for evidence from the European Commission on creating new metrics and evaluation for open science, VA (Public & Science) foresees a more accountable and transparent research system in Europe and recognises the potential of altmetrics for measuring science-society interaction.
The EC call on Next-generation altmetrics invited stakeholders across Europe to share insights and evidence to inform the work of its Open Science Policy Platform and a new expert group whose role is to advise on the role of metrics and altmetrics in the development of its agenda for open science and research. Here is VA’s response to the call for evidence.
Scandinavian countries have small and highly dispersed populations, but are also among the best digitally connected. What does that mean for science communication? In a EuroScience Open Forum session on 26 July in Manchester, scicomm activities run in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, were presented and their success factors and challenges discussed.
At a lively session at the EuroScience Open Forum 2016 (ESOF), a diverse international audience of some 80 communicators, researchers and professionals voted that making science a part of wider culture the biggest opportunity for public engagement.
Before presenting new political initiatives or new legislative proposals the EU Commission often holds an open consultation where citizens and organisations are invited to submit their views on a particular matter. The consultation on the Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society Work Programme aims at obtaining ”views and contributions from a broad constituency on the potential strategy and priorities of the ‘Science with and for Society’ Work Programme for the period 2018-2020.” VA’s answer to the consultation was submitted in early June 2016.
They can be found outside the supermarket, at the bus stop, at the swimming pool: public notice boards, covered in handwritten notes, messages and posters. But what is the function of the physical notice board in the digital age? Who is saying what? And why? Scientists are now seeking the help of school pupils to map the contents of public notice boards around Sweden.
Istanbul was the host city for the 14th global PCST science communication conference that took place between 26 and 28 April 2016. The conference gathered some 300 delegates from 40 countries to discuss a wide range of issues in science communication practice, training and research. This year VA (Public & Science) contributed three engaging sessions to the programme on citizen science, factors influencing public confidence in science and ways of influencing Horizon2020, respectively.