In February 2020, colleagues from VA visited four organisations in the UK to learn more about their work and how they are supporting public engagement practices - University College London; the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology; the Wellcome Trust; and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. Read a report about our experiences
The Horizon 2020 SciShops project
ran its final event, the SciShops Symposium, on 30-31 January. Almost 100 participants from all over Europe and beyond gathered at the University of Brescia in Italy for two days of discussions, reflections and networking around Science Shops and CBPR (community-based participatory research). As well as sharing the experiences and knowledge gained during the SciShops project, it was also an opportunity to explore future collaborations. Read a report about the Symposium
What does the public think about the new genome editing technology and how should we talk about it? In Sweden and three other European countries, the EU project ORION Open Science
has organised eight citizen dialogues to find out. Read a report about the Swedish dialogues
, which were held in Stockholm alongside an art exhibition
exploring future scenarios around longevity and CRISPR.
The EU project RETHINK
, in which VA is a partner, has published its first report. The exploratory study maps the online science communication landscape in seven European countries on the topics of climate change, artificial intelligence and healthy diets. VA was responsible for collecting the Swedish data. Read more
VA staff recently delivered a day of Impact Communication Training
to researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, KTH. Participants were all winners of a poster competition run as part of the Energy Dialogue, an annual conference hosted by KTH addressing sustainability in urban energy systems. The winners spent the day at VA receiving practical training on topics including communication strategy, pitching, writing, and video production.