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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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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14/06/11 Reward researchers for dialogue!

Make it worthwhile for researchers to engage with society! That is what Swedish association VA (Public and Science) recommends in a new report to the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research. Engagement with society and external collaborations should be measured, assessed and taken into account when allocating research funding to universities.

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26/05/11 Fraud and outside control destroying confidence in research

Confidence in scientists has declined in recent years. According to a new study from VA (Public & Science), this is because of suspicions that research is being controlled by people with vested interests and because of reports of research fraud.

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Confidence in scientists on the decline

Press Release 18 December 2010

Confidence in scientists has declined by at least 12 percentage points over the past year. At the same time the number of Swedes who believe that astrology is a science is increasing. This is according to the new barometer study from Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science).

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07/06/10 Climate for research in decline

Only one in four Swedes, 27 percent, think that Sweden has a good research climate. Just under half, 45 percent, believe that more investment in research will lead to a better society for all. These are two conclusions from a new study conducted by Swedish organisation VA (Public & Science), in cooperation with the SOM Institute.

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Confidence in scientists on the decline

Press Release 16 June 2009

Barely six out of ten Swedes have confidence in scientists and there has been a decline of six percentage points over the past year. Supporters of the Left Party and the Nationalist Democrats (political parties at each end of the political spectrum) have the least positive view of scientific development, according to a new study carried out by Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), VA, and the SOM Institute.

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08/12/08 Tailwind for sciences

Press Release 8 December 2008

Confidence in scientists is increasing in Sweden. More and more people believe that scientific developments have made life better and more young people want to become scientists. These are conclusions from a new survey conducted by Public & Science (Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA).

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