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 will take 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.

Read more about Researchers’ Grand Prix.

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 run the Star-Spotting Experiment and we are keen to involve other countries in the experiment.

Read more about the Mass Experiments.

Further information:

For more information, contact Lena Söderström, Project Manager of European Researchers’ Night in Sweden, [email protected], tel +46 8 70 716 06 44.

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.

Read the latest articles in English below:


| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Star-Spotting Experiment shortlisted for international science engagement prize

The Star-Spotting Experiment, VA’s 2019 citizen science project to investigate light pollution, was shortlisted for the 2019 Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year competition. Project manager, Lena Söderström was invited to Berlin in November to present the project in the final of the competition at the Falling Walls Conference. Here we talk to her about the experience.

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| Helen Garrison

Swedish Star-Spotting Experiment off to a sparkling start

The Star-Spotting Experiment, this year’s citizen science project in connection with the European Researchers’ Night events in Sweden, is now well underway. Members of the public across Sweden are helping scientists to measure light pollution by counting stars in the sky and recording the data in a specially-designed app. Here we catch up with Lena Söderström, Project Manager at VA (Public & Science), who is coordinating the Star-Spotting Experiment, to find out how the project is progressing.

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| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Mass star-spotting experiment to investigate light pollution in Sweden

Street lamps, illuminated signs and buildings – lights at night improve safety and make cities more attractive, but have also been shown to have negative effects for humans and animals. The more light there is, the fewer stars you can see in the night sky. In this year’s mass experiment, more than 11,000 pupils, families and other members of the public will help scientists measure light pollution by counting stars in the sky.

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| Jakub Lewicki

Day of Astronomy

If one day of ForskarFredag is not enough for you, this year, for the first time, the event will be extended to Saturday. Three different activities will take place in Stockholm on 29 September: FysikFest, Biomedicum Open House and Day of Astronomy.

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