Preliminary results from the News Evaluator Election Special
suggest teenagers' newsfeeds contain mostly credible political news from established news media. In the project, 2,500 pupils helped researchers review the credibility of political news during election week. The preliminary results of the experiment are now available.
Almost 4,000 photos of ladybirds have been uploaded so far by pupils and members of the public as part of this year’s Researchers’ Night mass experiment, the Ladybird Experiment
. The photos are helping to train an app to recognise Sweden’s over 60 species of ladybird and contribute to research in the field of biodiversity.
In July, VA joined around 4,000 other delegates to participate in the 2018 EuroScience Open Forum
, Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting, held in Toulouse. At the conference, we organised/co-organised three sessions: a panel discussion showcasing innovative science communication projects in the Nordics
, an interactive session exploring how digital media is changing how people feel about science
and a roundtable session on ways to bridge the divide detween scicomm researchers and practitioners
. We also participated in three other sessions.
The Horizon 2020 SciShops project
has been producing a range of resources to support the development of new science shops. The latest include a collection of science shop scenarios
describing key aspects that influence how science shops operate plus an impact analysis
exploring the impact that science shops are having on their communities.
VA recently published comments on the draft of the EU’s next framework programme for research and innovation
, encouraging the Swedish government and Swedish members of the European Parliament to act to make Horizon Europe more citizen-oriented.
The Nordic Hub
of the Horizon 2020 BLOOM bioeconomy project
has now been launched by JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä and VA. Stakeholders interested in increasing awareness and demand for forest-based products and materials among the public will be invited to workshops during November to discuss communication opportunities and challenges.
Interest in life sciences research is generally high among European citizens. The three most accepted purposes of using genome editing are related to the medical field. These are some results from a recent survey and report on “Public attitudes to life sciences research”
conducted in six European countries by VA in Sweden and CEITEC in the Czech Republic. The survey is a part of the European ORION Open Science project
In 2016, Swedish pupils and researchers carried out the largest ever scientific study of public notice boards. Results from the Researchers’ Night Notice Board Experiment
have now been published in the scientific journal PLOS One