The last Friday and Saturday of September, science and research is celebrated in over 370 cities in 27 countries across Europe. In Sweden, activities are organised in around 30 cities and towns across the country under the name ForskarFredag (Researchers’ Friday).
The European Researchers’ Night in Sweden 2019 took place in around 30 cities and towns across the country, organised by e.g. universities, science centres, museums, archives, research centres, municipalities, science parks and regional development councils. The event is coordinated by the Swedish non-profit member organisation Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), VA.
Activities range from experiments and maker spaces to demonstrations, shows and exhibitions, as well as science cafés and talks in small groups. These innovative and exciting activities allow for public engagement and meetings with researchers in relaxed and festive environments. The events are aimed at showing that researchers are ordinary people with extraordinary jobs and that research is all about communication and international cooperation.
Researchers’ Grand Prix
Researchers’ Grand Prix is a Swedish competition that has been run annually since 2012. We challenge researchers to present their research in as captivating, inspiring and educational a way as possible – in just four minutes! Together, expert judges and the audience decide the winner.
The Swedish Mass Experiments
As part of European Researchers’ Night, each year VA (Public & Science) coordinates a citizen science project that involves schools and members of the general public across Sweden. The projects gives pupils and the general public the opportunity to participate in a real research project, and it also enables researchers to collect large amounts of data from across the country that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to collect.
In 2019 we ran the Star-Spotting Experiment.
European Researchers’ Night in Sweden is funded by the European Commission under HORIZON 2020 in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions, GA 818421, together with our Swedish partners.