Public Understanding and Engagement in Science – seminar

Laddar Karta...

Datum & tid
25 nov 2015

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Lägg till i kalender

How can we best develop the science of science communication?

While some areas of science are quickly grasped by an interested and engaged public despite their complexity, others are obscured by myths and misinformation. There are many opportunities in Sweden to promote the dissemination of scientific results to the general public, but why do people engage themselves in some research topics and not others? And does engagement improve understanding?

International and Swedish experts will talk about good and less good experiences of public engagement in biology and geology. A panel, with active participation of the audience, will discuss how Sweden can best move forward in this area.


9:30          Introduction and welcome

Linda Keeling, Professor of Animal Welfare, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Chairman of the Swedish National Committee for Biology

9:45          Alok Jha, Journalist – How to turn your science into a story

10:15        Alan Irwin, Professor – Public engagement with science: deficits, dialogues and divergent futures

10:45        Coffee break

11:15         Marlene Zuk, Professor – Let’s talk about sex (in animals)

11:45         Dick Kasperowski, Assistant Professor – Citizen science: forms of public participation in science & research

12:15         Interactive Lunch

13:30        Panel discussion – morning speakers plus among others;

Karin Larsdotter, Business development manager at Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science)
Kristian H. Nielsen, Associate professor at the Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus University
Vivi Vajda, Professor, Head of Palaeobiology Dept. Swedish Museum of Natural history and Chairman of the Swedish National Committee for Geological Sciences

15:30 End

Moderated by Staffan Dopping

Key Speakers

Alok Jha Photo: ITV

Alok Jha is a journalist and broadcaster based in London. He is science correspondent for ITV News and, before that, was science correspondent at the Guardian. He has presented science programmes for BBC2 and BBC Radio 4. Alok received a science-writing award from the American Institute of Physics in 2014, was named European Science Writer of the year in 2008, and has been shortlisted for awards by the Association of British Science Writers and the Medical Journalists Association.


Alan Irwin Photo:

Alan Irwin is a Professor in the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and also the CBS Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Alan has published over a number of years on issues of science and technology policy, scientific governance, environmental sociology and science-public relations.


Marlene Zuk Photo: University of Minnesota

Marlene Zuk is a biologist and writer interested in animal behaviour. She studies the evolution of insect mating behavior, and is also interested in the ways that people use animal behavior to understand humans, and vice versa. She is a professor at the University of Minnesota, United States and has also written four books for the general public.


Dick Kasperovski Photo:

Dick Kasperowski is Assistant Professor of Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. Informed by current perspectives in science and technology studies (STS), his main interests include governance of science, citizen science, participatory practices and open collaborative projects in scientific work. He is principal investigator in the multidisciplinary project Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online.



The event is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants.

Register here: no later then 18 nov

Please note that registration is binding.


The Swedish National Committees for Geological Sciences and Biology (where Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science), is represented)




Download the programme (pdf)

Lägg till en kommentar