VA carries out studies and surveys with the aim of increasing knowledge about the relationships between science and society at large as well as more specific studies into societal groups such as journalists, teachers and the business community:
The EC call on Next-generation altmetrics invited stakeholders across Europe to share insights and evidence to inform the work of its Open Science Policy Platform and a new expert group whose role is to advise on the role of metrics and altmetrics in the development of its agenda for open science and research. Here is VA’s response to the call for evidence.
Before presenting new political initiatives or new legislative proposals the EU Commission often holds an open consultation where citizens and organisations are invited to submit their views on a particular matter. The consultation on the Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society Work Programme aims at obtaining ”views and contributions from a broad constituency on the potential strategy and priorities of the ‘Science with and for Society’ Work Programme for the period 2018-2020.” VA’s answer to the consultation was submitted in early June 2016.
Every four years the Swedish government undertakes a wide consultation on policy needs to inform the Research Bill. Here is a summary of VA’s input to the consultation outlining its views on research and innovation that was submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research on 2 November 2015.
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 2014. In the Vegetable Experiment, scientists at the Swedish National Food Agency enlisted the help of over 5,500 pupils, who acted as research assistants for a day. Carrots and apples top the list of most eaten fruit and vegetables.