| Helen Garrison

Getting the facts straight – new UK fact checking resource launched

Political speeches, adverts, news articles all contain facts but how do you know if a story or claim has actually been fact checked? A new website, Fact Check Central, recently launched by the British organisation Sense about Science, gathers a number of fact checking blogs all in one place, making it easier to follow who is checking what.

Läs vidare

| Helen Garrison

The virtual world of citizen science

Do you enjoy playing games on the go? Would you also like to contribute to advancing science? Now, utility and pleasure can be combined in the fast-growing field of citizen science gaming.

Läs vidare

| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Swedish children to help climate scientists by burying tea bags

Press release 9 February 2015.

Is it possible to read the future in tea leaves? This is what scientists at Umeå University are hoping to find out and they are now looking for school classes across Sweden to participate in a mass experiment that will help to inform climate change research. The so-called ‘Tea Bag Experiment’ is part of the European science festival, Researchers’ Night.

Läs vidare

| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Swedes keen to get involved in research

Press release 26 January 2015

Public confidence in scientists is falling in Sweden, especially among Swedish men. There is also a decrease in the number of Swedes who believe that scientific developments are improving their lives. At the same time, one in two Swedes are keen to get involved in research to tackle major societal challenges. These are some of the findings from the latest barometer conducted by Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science).

Läs vidare

| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Swedish stakeholders welcome European push for responsible research and innovation

The move towards promoting more responsible research and innovation (RRI) in Europe has been welcomed by Swedish stakeholders. At a recent workshop, that marked the first step in a new European project, representatives from a diverse range of organisations, including research, civil society, education, policymaking and industry, were able to express their ideas and needs in realising RRI in Sweden.

Läs vidare

| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

New Swedish report looks at links between media reporting of science and public confidence

Press Release 9 December 2014.

For a majority of the Swedish population, the mass media is the most important source of information about research. When public confidence in scientists and research dipped for a couple of years around 2010, the Swedish organisation VA (Public & Science), together with the SOM Institute at the University of Gothenburg, decided to investigate whether the way the media reports science could be one reason for this decline in confidence.

Läs vidare

| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Dentist voted Sweden’s best science communicator

Press release 28 November 2014.

Michael Braian, a researcher in dental prosthetics at Malmö University, has won the 2014 Swedish Researchers’ Grand Prix. This is a national competition that challenges researchers to present their research to a public audience in an entertaining and informative way within a set time. Michael’s presentation about 3D printing of teeth was voted winner by the audience together with an expert panel of judges.

Läs vidare

| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Scientists awarded for tackling controversial issues

The 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science has been awarded to Dr David Robert Grimes, a physicist at the University of Oxford, and Dr Emily Willingham, a science journalist in the US, in recognition of their work to confront misinformation and tackle controversial subjects.

Läs vidare