A widening gap in public confidence in research

Press Release 21 March 2012

Public confidence in scientists and research has declined over the past decade. Differences in attitudes are becoming greater between highly educated and less educated people. These are the findings of a new analysis that has been done of opinion surveys carried out by VA (Public and Science), together with the SOM Institute.

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An in-depth day on diabetes

In one of the world’s smallest countries, the island Nauru in the Southern Pacific, half the population suffers from diabetes. The Nauruans are the fattest people in the world. Cause? The high standard of living enjoyed as a result of the country’s wealth. This wealth was created through selling the country’s indigenous and highly-demanded natural resource – a natural fertiliser originating from the many guano producing birds stopping by.

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RRI: the Future of Science and Society in Europe

Excellent science, competitive industries and a better society are the ambitious aims of Horizon 2020, the new European framework programme for research and innovation. With a budget of €80 billion, Horizon 2020 sets out to solve some of the most challenging problems facing European society. An obvious question for VA and many others is ’how will European society be fully engaged and consulted in this process?’.

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Research by young people reveals that we refrigerate our food at too high a temperature

Press Release 16/01/2012

In three out of four cases, meat is being stored at a higher temperature than the recommended maximum of 4 ° C.  This is the finding of new research carried out by over 1,800 Swedish pupils. The pupils were examining their refrigerators as part of the Swedish Researchers’ Night science festival.

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13/01/2012 – Promote best practice in public engagement! – that’s VA’s recommendation for the Swedish research bill

Press Release 13/01/2012

Foster public engagement activity and knowledge transfer between science and society! That is the main message of VA’s (Public and Science) submission to the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research for the forthcoming new research and innovation bill.

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Lively discussion between the public and GMO researchers in Uppsala

Is it safe to eat genetically modified food? Does genetically modified food taste differently from ordinary food? Does wild and genetically modified salmon differ in appearance? These were a few questions discussed at a dialogue event on 7 December, organised by VA and Uppsala University.

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05/12/2011 Four out of ten Swedes: Support Nobel-prize winning research!

Four out of ten Swedes agree that Sweden should support research that could potentially lead to Nobel prizes. Two out of ten disagree completely. These are two results from the latest barometer on the public’s opinion of science and research from VA (Public and Science).

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Asthma tests and research discussions attracted the public

How do I prevent my kids and myself from developing asthma? Is it something genetic? How can researchers and patients work together in order to find better treatments? These were a few questions discussed at a dialogue event on 19th October, organised by VA, the Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association.

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