Mass experiments

The annual Citizen Science project

As part of European Researchers’ Night, each year VA (Public & Science) coordinates a citizen science project that involves schools and the general public across the whole of Sweden.

A teacher and her pupils taking part in the 2018 mass experiment – The Ladybird experiment. Photo: Erik Cronberg.

Every year, thousands of Swedish pupils of all ages are involved in helping researchers gather huge amounts of data in a citizen science project. These so-called mass experiments are of mutual benefit; the researchers get more data than they could otherwise easily collect, the pupils get the opportunity to participate in real research, and teachers get material and methods based upon state-of-the-art research to integrate in the curriculum.

VA (Public & Science) coordinates the mass experiments as part of the European science festival, European Researchers’ Night.  Schools and the public from across the whole of Sweden are involved.

The mass experiments efficiently link education to research, establishing valuable contacts with researchers and giving students insights into research methods and scientific thinking.

VA helps the researcher to design an experiment whereby students gather data guided by their teacher. Research projects are also selected according to how well they fit into the curriculum. Instructions and teachers’ manuals are jointly developed by the researcher and VA, and researchers also communicate directly with individual teachers and students using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

We have been running mass experiments since 2009. 

Examples of our most recent mass experiments:

Latest about the mass experiment:

Physical barriers common in Swedish homes reveals new study involving senior citizens and school pupils.

Steps up to the front door and nothing to hold onto next to the toilet. These are common problems for those with mobility issues, according to a new Swedish study… Läs mer

Skapad:

2022-10-28 |

Uppdaterad:

2022-10-28 |

Kategorier:

European Researchers' Night, housing experiment, Mass experiment

Whole of Sweden invited to help research plastic pollution

The Plastic Experiment is part of ForskarFredag, European Researchers’ Night in Sweden, and is being run by VA in collaboration with the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation and the University of… Läs mer

Skapad:

2022-09-14 |

Uppdaterad:

2022-09-14 |

Kategorier:

European Researchers' Night, In English, Mass experiment, plastic experiment

Swedish school pupils help log 19,000 items of plastic litter in nationwide citizen science project

Plastic litter in the oceans has major consequences for humans, plants and animals, but it is a problem that starts on land. In the Plastic Experiment, school pupils are helping… Läs mer

Skapad:

2022-08-29 |

Uppdaterad:

2022-08-30 |

Kategorier:

plastic experiment, Press release

Swedish pupils and researchers together tackle food waste

Better climate information reduces waste in the school canteen. This is a clear finding of the Food Waste Experiment, a mass experiment in which around 700 pupils from 27 schools… Läs mer

Skapad:

2021-05-21 |

Uppdaterad:

2022-08-30 |

Kategorier:

food waste, Press release

Swedish pupils and senior citizens to help research the accessibility of Swedish housing

In order to live independent and active lives, we need housing that is designed to meet our needs. But how accessible is Swedish housing? School pupils and senior citizens across… Läs mer

Skapad:

2021-05-06 |

Uppdaterad:

2022-08-29 |

Kategorier:

housing experiment, Mass experiment, Press release
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