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Swedish pupils to participate in research to reduce food waste

Press release 4 June 2020

Can more information result in less food being wasted? Researchers will be investigating this together with pupils and teachers across the whole of Sweden in the ’Food Waste Experiment’. To assist them, they will be using an artificial intelligence app and the world’s largest food sustainability database.

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VA Barometer 2020 – Swedes’ interest in research is growing

Press release 4 February 2020

Fake news, knowledge resistance and alternative facts, all present challenges for science. But in Sweden, interest in research is increasing, and people’s confidence in researchers is both stable and high. These are some of the findings from this year’s annual VA Barometer conducted by the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science).

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Medical researcher named Sweden’s best science communicator 2019

Press release 27 November 2019

Keivan Javanshiri, a medical researcher at the Department of Neuropathology at Lund University has won the 2019 Swedish Researchers’ Grand Prix. He was awarded the title of Sweden’s best science communicator at the final held on 26 November in Stockholm. The winner was decided based upon the combined votes of the public and a jury. 

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New VA report: record high confidence in Swedish universities

Press release 21 June 2018

Concepts like ”post truth” and ”alternative facts” are being increasingly used, mainly in American politics, but also in debate internationally. Does this indicate a crisis of confidence in research? Not in Sweden anyway. A new report shows that the Swedes’ confidence in universities is greater than ever before.

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VA Barometer 2018 – Swedish women’s confidence in researchers falls sharply

Press release 5 March 2018

Almost half of young men in Sweden would consider a career as a researcher. Among young Swedish women, only a fifth can see themselves as researchers in the future. At the same time, Swedish women’s confidence in researchers has fallen sharply, while men’s confidence remains at the same level as last year. These are some of the findings from this year’s annual VA Barometer conducted by Swedish civil society organisation VA (Public & Science). The VA Barometer is now available in English.

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Medical researcher at Karolinska Institute voted Sweden’s best science communicator

Press release 29 November 2017

Peter Ueda, a medical researcher at the Karolinska Institute, has won the title of Sweden’s best science communicator.  His research involves using large data files to discover how the treatment of a range of illnesses can be improved. Yesterday he was awarded the 2017 Researchers’ Grand Prix trophy on the stage at Nalen in Stockholm.

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