ForskarFredag, Swedish European Researchers’ Night, returns 26 September – 1 October 2022 with a packed programme of both face-to-face and online activities across the whole of Sweden. Sweden’s most widespread science festival will be providing thousands of members of the public and pupils with opportunities to meet researchers, experience the wonders of science and learn something new.
This year’s programme features over 120 activities including hands-on experiments, behind the scene tours of research facilities, science shows, competitions, discussions and much more. Visitors can try to escape from an Alice in Wonderland digital media labyrinth, learn how AI can be an important tool in combating climate change, or participate in a virtual journey out into space. For those unable to attend any events in person, there is plenty on offer online too, including helping to solve an after dark mystery at the Swedish Museum of Natural History or discussing the latest climate research and possible solutions with leading researchers.
This year also sees a record number of schools booked to “borrow a researcher” to visit them either online or in the classroom. This has been facilitated via a new booking platform featuring around 65 researchers working in a myriad of research areas from archeology to virology, who will be talking about their work and how they became a researcher during their visits.
“It’s fantastic to be able to offer a full programme this year of face-to-face activities to schools and members of the public in 26 towns and cities across Sweden, said Julia Brink, national co-ordinator of ForskarFredag at VA.
“Our local ForskarFredag organisers have worked really hard to put together exciting programmes that showcase the amazing research that is being conducted across Sweden and how it relates to our everyday lives.”
Anyone in Sweden is also invited to participate in a nationwide mass experiment – the Plastic Experiment. During September, participants are encouraged to collect and analyse plastic litter to help researchers better understand the extent of plastic waste in the Swedish natural environment. To date over 3,000 school pupils and scouts have registered to participate.