The concept, in which schools are invited to ‘borrow a researcher’, has proven to be a popular and successful ForskarFredag activity for many years. Researchers visit schools, non-profit associations or workplaces, to talk about their work as a researcher and the wider societal context of their research.
Visits can take place either in person or online, enabling those who are not located close to universities or research institutes to also benefit from the experience. The exact format and focus of each visit is agreed between the researcher and person booking the visit with the overall aim of encouraging educational and engaging discussion between participants.
In 2021, an online booking platform was piloted, resulting in researchers visiting 98 school classes across the country, both in person and online. For 2022, the platform has been further developed and bookings are now being taken during the week of ForskarFredag (week 39, Monday 26- Thursday 29 September). The platform (in Swedish only) contains profiles of each of the participating researchers and their available slots and the booking can be made directly online.
Researchers are recruited from a broad range of universities, research institutes and companies across the whole of Sweden and represent a huge range of fields, including STEM subjects, the humanities and social sciences. For example, biodiversity, rural life in Cambodia, the search for life on Mars, virology and computer technologies to support language learning are just a few of the topics that researchers will be talking about this year.
During 2023, Borrow a Researcher will be running twice, once for a week in March and again for ForskarFredag in September.