Science and politics – How can we bridge the gap?

Short summary

Far too rarely do politicians talk directly to researchers. What prevents them? And how can the dialogue be improved? These questions were vigorously discussed by distinguished members of both professions at an interactive seminar during ESOF2008.

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Science and Politics: How can we Bridge the Gap?

Report by Sarah Bunn and Martin Griffiths

Seminar at ESOF 18-22 July 2008 Barcelona. Organised by Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), Sweden in co-operation with Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK.

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Public Opinion in Sweden on the Use of Animals in Research


The Swedish Research Council, on behalf of the Swedish Government, monitors issues concerning the use of animals in research and also provides information and promotes discourse on research and research ethics. This opinion survey is part of that work.

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Swedes losing confidence in researchers

This article first appeared in Science & Public Affairs, December 2007

Karin Hermansson and Esther Crooks chart the decline

Less than half of the Swedish public has confidence in researchers, according to a survey of 3 000 Swedes carried out by the Swedish association Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science).

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Measuring societal engagement – proposed indicators for resource allocation and academic merit rating

In this report the association VA presents a number of initiatives and projects in Sweden and other countries, a discussion about possible indicators and a set of proposals to the Academic Career Inquiry (Befattningsutredningen) and the Resources Inquiry (Resursutredningen).

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