The results of the 2019/2020 VA Barometer, VA’s annual survey into the Swedish public’s general attitudes towards science and researchers
were announced at an event on 12 December in Stockholm. The English version of the VA Barometer will be published in January 2020.
As part of the Global Week to #Act4SDGs, the BLOOM Nordic Hub ran a social media campaign to raise awareness about the bioeconomy
and its positive impact on our daily lives. The idea for the campaign resulted from discussions at co-creation workshops in both Finland and Sweden on ways to increase public knowledge about the bioeconomy, organised as part of the EU BLOOM-bioeconomy project
Science Shops were showcased as an innovative model for science-society collaboration at two events run by VA
in October in Sweden. VA’s annual conference featured a presentation by Anna Kingston, Science Shop coordinator at University College Cork, Ireland. An in-depth workshop on how to set up and run a Science Shop was also run for Swedish organisations interested in the model. The events were run as part of the EU SciShops project
The Star-Spotting Experiment, VA’s 2019 citizen science project investigating light pollution, was shortlisted for the international Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year competition. Read an interview
with Lena Söderström from VA about her experience of participating in the final held during the Falling Walls conference in Berlin.
A mix of Swedish science communicators of different backgrounds and perspectives met to discuss and investigate the current status of science communication on 6 December, when the first Swedish Rethinkerspace meeting
was held within the EU-funded RETHINK
project. The project is exploring ways to maximise the opportunities and overcome the challenges of digitalisation and open science within science communication practices.
In October, VA celebrated the publication of its 100th report since the organisation was founded in 2002. Studies and surveys are an important part of VA’s work, aimed at increasing knowledge about the relationships between science and society, as well as investigating specific societal groups’ attitudes and experiences related to communicating science. Although, mainly published in Swedish, a selection of publications
or summaries are available in English, including VA’s annual Barometer.
On 20 September 2019, a climate march took place in Stockholm as part of the Global Week for Future. VA went along to speak to those involved in #ResearchersDesk
, an initiative involving more than 50 Swedish climate researchers undertaking dialogue with the public on climate science, and filmed a short video