A thunderstorm simulation in Romania, organ-dissecting workshops in Estonia and a spectacular light show in Birmingham were just a few of the thousands of free activities held on 25 September as part of the 2015 Researchers’ Night – Europe’s largest science festival.
An eco simulation game for children, a municipal project developing a food policy for the city of Milan, a British company promoting the employment of people with autism and a French programme tackling water challenges in the Acquitaine region. What do they all have in common? They are all examples of responsible research and innovation in practice.
On 25 September it’s time for the European science festival Researchers’ Night that is taking place in 300 cities throughout Europe. In Sweden 27 towns are inviting schoolchildren and the general public to meet scientists in a range of activities, including workshops, science shows, science cafés and behind-the-scenes tours of research labs. The aim of Researchers’ Night is to show that scientists are ordinary people with extraordinary jobs.
The European project “RRI Tools” has been set up in order to empower all actors to contribute their share to a Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), built with and for society. Significant opportunities for businesses and scientists could come from Responsible Research and Innovation, according to the findings of a series of 27 workshops organised by “RRI Tools” in 24 countries, gathering a total of 411 participants from 5 stakeholder groups – researchers, business and industry, policy-makers, civil society organisations, and education community.
The hope for a better life – that’s the foundation for the strong support for investing in research and innovation among Swedes, according to Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish minister for higher education and research. She participated in VA’s dialogue seminar on 30 June during Almedalen week in Visby.
Most Swedes have a high confidence in scientists. There is also widespread agreement that investment in research leads to a better society for all, according to a new report published by VA (Public & Science) and the SOM Institute at the University of Gothenburg.
Science & You is a French cultural and scientific international event that was held from 2-6 June in Nancy, France. The programme consisted of a diverse range of activities for both public and professional audiences, with over 10,000 visitors in total. The Journées Hubert Curien Conference on the theme of science communication was attended by two VA colleagues, who both contributed with sessions.
Swedish children and teenagers are pretty diligent at eating fruit and vegetables, according to the results of a mass experiment organised as part of Researchers’ Night. In the Vegetable Experiment, scientists at the Swedish National Food Agency enlisted the help of over 5500 pupils, who acted as research assistants for a day. Carrots and apples top the list of most eaten vegetables and fruit.
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.