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

The journey towards Open Science has only just begun

Public dialogues, citizen science, game development and co-creation activities. For 4.5 years, VA (Public & Science) together with 8 European partners has been testing different ways to involve the public and other stakeholders in the research process. The aim of the EU ORION Open Science project was to investigate how research and funding organisations can ”open up” the way they fund and do research.

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Activity summaries:

Swedish Researchers’ Night – providing a glimpse into...

Experiments, stand-up comedy, guided lab tours, classroom visits and answering all sorts of questions about research and what life might be like in the future, were some of the activities undertaken by researchers in Sweden as part of European Researchers’ Night. Known as ForskarFredag, the science festival ran from 20-25 September, engaging 350 researchers and around 27,000 participants across the whole of Sweden.

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Press releases

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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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