A celebration of science – Researchers’ Night showcases research in 300 European cities

How does weightlessness affect the human body in space? Can sewage be used to generate electric energy? How do you clean paintings using bacteria? What does a singing whale sound like?

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British public select focus of £10 million UK science prize

Antibiotic resistance has been selected by the British public to be the focus for a £10m prize and the societal challenge they most want solved. The Longitude Prize is a science and technology competition being run by NESTA, the UK’s innovation foundation and funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency.

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Fifty shades of deceit – ESOF session on public perception of research misconduct

How research misconduct is reported is critically dependent on the relationship between science and the media. Does media coverage impact public confidence in research? How does the scientific community deal with research misconduct?

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Should science always be open? – Report from an ESOF seminar

What can you gain from opening up your data? What is the balance between benefits and concerns in relation to openness to knowledge and data? Does openness pose risks for privacy and patients?

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Misconduct and confidence – a media analysis

Does media coverage of research misconduct affect public confidence in science and scientists? This is the question that VA (Public & Science) has been investigating, together with the SOM (Society Opinion Media) Institute at the University of Gothenburg.

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New VA study reveals negative news about research is better than none

Does media coverage of research misconduct affect public confidence in science and scientists? A new study by Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science) and the SOM (Society Opinion Media) Institute at Gothenburg University suggests that this is not the case. However, people who regularly read a daily newspaper or watch news on the TV do have a more positive view of research.

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UK Awards celebrate public engagement excellence

Eight prizes have been awarded to researchers in the UK for excellence in engaging the public with science. The Engage Awards 2014 were launched by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) to find and celebrate the most innovative and effective public engagement work taking place in the UK.

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Engaging, rewarding and well-received – VA’s experiences at the PCST conference in Brazil

The 13th international PCST conference took place between 5 and 8 May 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. The conference is held every two years and brings together delegates from across the world, all of whom work with science communication in some way. Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA, (Public & Science) contributed three engaging sessions to the programme. Läs mer


Swedish researchers seek pupils to help map eating habits

Press Release 13 May 2014

How much fruit and vegetables do children and teenagers consume in Sweden? The Swedish National Food Agency is looking for investigative pupils who want to be research assistants for a day. This mass experiment is part of the science festival, Researchers’ Night.

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