About VA

VA is an independent Swedish non-profit membership organisation that works to promote dialogue and openness between researchers and the public.

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VA is an outward-looking organisation engaged in a number of European projects. Find out about the experience and expertise that we can bring to partnerships.

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VA carries out many different types of projects, including studies, public engagement activities and advocacy work.

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Contact us

VA (Public & Science) has its offices within the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Grev Turegatan 14, Stockholm.

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News articles

New portal to help counter myths against covid vaccination

How do you have a constructive conversation with someone who doesn’t want to or is reluctant to be vaccinated against Covid-19? A new web portal has been launched in Sweden to help ordinary people address myths and misconceptions about the vaccines, using evidence-based advice and support. It is currently available in Swedish and English, with Arabic and Somali versions to be added shortly.

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Activity summaries:

Engage the public in science through dialogue and co...

Global societal challenges together with growing public interest in science present both opportunities and challenges for the research world. Open Science is a way to ensure that citizens are involved in research, and that the views of different stakeholders are taken into consideration. How science communication practitioners, researchers, policy makers and research funding bodies can engage successfully with the public, and ensure that their values and interests are taken into account, was showcased and discussed at an international workshop on 25 June 2021.

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Press releases

How accessible is Swedish housing? Swedish pupils and senior...

Press release 22 September 2021 During September and October, Swedish school pupils, senior citizens and anyone interested will be investigating the environmental barriers that can be found in Swedish housing. To assist them, they will be using a folding rule and mobile app. The research project, the Housing Experiment, is a collaboration between the Swedish Researchers’ Night science festival known as ‘ForskarFredag’ and researchers at Lund University.

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Here you can find VA Reports and Papers (in English)

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Inspiration & suggestions for different kinds of Science communication activities:

VA’s definitions:

Citizen Science

... involves researchers co-creating with the public during the research process.

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Open Science

...is about making research more accessible and transparent to other researchers and wider society.

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...is about conducting research and innovation in a way that takes into account societal needs and challenges throughout the whole research and innovation process.

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Science Communication

... is communication about research with those outside of the scientific community.

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