A reality TV experiment, augmented reality app, smartphone game and citizen deliberation forum. These are just a few of the stakeholder engagement initiatives highlighted in a new paper on ”Involving society in science” published in EMBO reports (Volume 22, Issue 11, 4 November 2021).
The countdown has begun. On 25 November, seven finalists will take to the stage to present their research in the most exciting and comprehensible way possible – in just four minutes! Join in and vote for your favourite in the Researchers’ Grand Prix.
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.
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.
During ForskarFredag, thousands of children, young people and adults will meet hundreds of researchers around Sweden. Research on the major issues for the future will be discussed, analysed and put to the test by universities, colleges, science centers, museums and via online events. It’s time for ForskarFredag!
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.
How good are you at explaining your research? In the Researchers’ Grand Prix, researchers compete to see who can present their research in the most engaging, educational and understandable way – in just 4 minutes! Applications are now open for Researchers’ Grand Prix Digital, an online heat that is open to researchers throughout Sweden. Submit your application, gain an experience of a lifetime and the chance to win 15,000 SEK.
Better climate information reduces waste in the school canteen. This is a clear finding of the Food Waste Experiment, a mass experiment in which around 700 pupils from 27 schools in Sweden helped researchers to investigate whether ”nudging” can reduce food waste. The Experiment was run as part of the science festival ForskarFredag, the Swedish European Researchers’ Night.
Swedes’ confidence in government officials varies greatly depending on their political leanings. Politicians are perceived as more in agreement when it comes to their views on how the corona pandemic is being handled in Sweden. These are some of the latest findings of a study being conducted by the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science) to investigate communication about the coronavirus in Sweden.
In order to live independent and active lives, we need housing that is designed to meet our needs. But how accessible is Swedish housing? School pupils and senior citizens across Sweden will be helping researchers at Lund University to investigate as part of the 2021 Housing Experiment. The mass experiment is a citizen science project being organised as part of this year’s Researchers’ Night activities in Sweden, known as ForskarFredag.