ORION is a new collaborative European project to explore ways in which research and funding organisations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organise and do research. VA (Public & Science) is one of the nine partners in the project. ORION kicks off in Barcelona this week.
Over 2,500 people took to the streets to participate in the March for Science in Stockholm on 22 April. Marches were also held in four other Swedish cities, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Umeå and Luleå, as part of the global March for Science initiative that involved hundreds of thousands of people in a total of 610 cities worldwide.
On Saturday 22 April 2017, the March for Science will be taking place in over 500 cities around the world. Thousands of people are expected to participate in Swedish marches to celebrate science taking place in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Umeå and Luleå. Over 80 Swedish organisations are supporting the initiative. Läs mer
The scandal surrounding the surgeon Paolo Macchiarini has led to a fall in confidence in medical research among one third of the Swedish public, who are familiar with the incidents. However, public confidence in researchers in Sweden in general has increased, although it has also weakened. These are the results of the annual VA Barometer conducted by the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science).
Integrate RRI as a cross-cutting issue in the EU framework programme for R&I. Use the SwafS programme to advance EU’s Open Science agenda! These were some of the suggestions raised during an evening discussion held on 15 November 2016 in Brussels organised by SiS.net, the network of National Contact Points for the SwafS programme and the Swedish national advocacy platform on Swafs.
Do more to address citizens’ needs and involve them in the research and innovation process. Include the humanities and social sciences more in Horizon 2020 calls. These are two of the recommendations put forward by VA (Public & Science) in response to the European Commission’s public stakeholder consultation, which forms part of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. Responses to the questionnaire will help the Commission improve its implementation of H2020 and inform EU research and innovation funding post-2020.