VA was one of the organisations especially invited to a hearing organised by the Committee on Education in the Swedish Parliament in March 2016. The purpose was for the MP’s to get input for the upcoming research bill which the Swedish Government is expected to present to the parliament in October. VA’s Secretary General Cissi Askwall presented the organisation’s suggestions for how best to promote and strengthen science-society interaction in Sweden. The suggestions have also been sent to the Ministry of Education and Research.
Despite the Swedish public being aware of the extensive media coverage about the researcher Paolo Macchiarini, trust in researchers remains high, according to a new survey conducted by the Swedish non-profit association Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science).
The Swedish public’s trust in researchers at universities is rising. 84 percent say that they have fairly or very high trust, compared with 74 percent in the previous year. Nine out of ten Swedes believe it is important for the public to be involved in research and more than half would like personally to get involved, particularly in health research. These are some of the findings from the annual VA Barometer conducted by Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science).
TV och tidningar är de dominerande källorna för vetenskapsnyheter. Allmänheten har större förtroende för vetenskapsjournalister än för nyhetsjournalister. Det är några av resultaten i Vetenskap & Allmänhets senaste VA-barometer som presenterades och diskuterades vid ett seminarium den 16 december.
Sunil Kumar Ramamoorthy, a researcher in renewable plastics at the University of Borås, has won the Swedish 2015 Researchers’ Grand Prix and the title of Sweden’s best science communicator. Sunil’s presentation about plastics manufactured from corn, soybeans and flaxseed captivated both the audience and the jury at the final in Stockholm.
On 26 November, its time for the national final of the 2015 Researchers’ Grand Prix, in which researchers are challenged to give the most captivating, inspiring and educational presentation of their research – in just four minutes. Eight regional finalists will be stepping on to the stage in front of a live audience in Stockholm to compete for the title of Sweden’s best science communicator.
I fredags var det ForskarFredag från Malmö i söder till Piteå i norr. Forskare träffade skolelever och allmänhet och visade upp spännande forskning och samtalade om vad forskare gör. Här är några nedslag i nyhetsflödet.