On the 27 – 28 November 2020, science and research will be celebrated across Europe in the European science festival ”European Researchers’ Night”. In Sweden, activities are organised across the country and online under the name ForskarFredag (Researchers’ Friday), during the 23 – 29 November 2020.

European Researchers’ Night in Sweden is organised by universities, science centres, museums, archives, research centres, municipalities, science parks and regional development councils. The event is coordinated by the Swedish nonprofit organisation Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), VA.

A range of activities are organised: experiments and demonstrations, shows and exhibitions, science cafés and small groups talks. 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 relies on communication and international cooperation. In 2020, the majority of the activities are held online.

Researchers’ Grand Prix

Researchers’ Grand Prix is a Swedish competition that has been running annually since 2012. We challenge researchers to present their research in a captivating, inspiring and educational way – but in just four minutes! The audience and expert judges jointly decide on 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.

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 955366, together with our Swedish partners.

 

Read the latest articles in English below:


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Showcasing science in action – European Researchers’ Night set to inspire and amaze in 28 Swedish cities

Two days of exploration and discovery await visitors in 28 cities across Sweden at this year’s European Researchers’ Night on 28 and 29 September. Part of Europe’s largest science festival, members of public and pupils are invited to find out more about the amazing research that is transforming our everyday lives – and meet the researchers behind it.

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Swedish citizen science initiative combines ladybird monitoring with artificial intelligence

Biodiversity is under threat. Can an app that recognises different species of ladybirds help provide a solution? Pupils and members of the public from across Sweden are being invited to get involved in real research to find out in a mass experiment being run as part of the 2018 Researchers’ Night in Sweden. The Ladybird Experiment is joint initiative between the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the civil society organisation VA (Public & Science).

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A Festival of Research across Europe

From Lisbon to Bucharest, Rome to Helsinki, on 29 September, researchers from 30 European countries and across 300 cities will be sharing their research with the public, through a range of hands-on activities, experiments, shows and talks to celebrate the annual European Researcher’s Night, Europe’s largest science festival.

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Sweden to celebrate European Researchers’ Night in 29 cities

On Friday 29 September, over 500 researchers across Sweden will be inspiring the public to find out more about science for European Researchers’ Night. This year, more than 400 activities are being run in 29 Swedish cities during the Swedish celebrations, known as ForskarFredag. Researchers’ Night is Europe’s largest science festival with activities in over 300 cities.

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Swedish pupils to develop source criticism tool in unique research project

Press Release 18 May 2017

Fake news is a topic that is currently generating much debate. But what kind of news is streaming through young people’s digital news feeds? And how trustworthy do young people think this news is? For the first time, researchers and pupils from across Sweden will together be investigating these questions in a mass experiment being run as part of the 2017 Researchers’ Night in Sweden.

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Science, passion and inspiration – ForskarFredag through a scientist’s eyes

Leon, Yonis, Diana and their classmates file into the room. They take a seat on the chairs that have been neatly lined up in front of the screen for them. I welcome them with a smile, but I can’t help wondering what they’re thinking. Are they looking forward to our meeting, or are they impatiently waiting for the next hour to pass so they can move on to their much more important weekend plans? Surely, they must be excited about this unconventional school day and curious to hear what I have to tell them… Right?

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Europe’s largest science festival celebrated in 250 cities

As European Researchers’ Night kicks off today (Friday 30 September) in 250 cities around Europe, we take a look at some of the activities that will be sparking the interest of members of the public in other countries and showing what researchers really do for society in a fun and engaging way.

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Swedish pupils to research notice boards across Sweden

Press release 19 September 2015

In the last two weeks of September, more than 3,000 Swedish pupils will be out on the hunt, with their mobile phones at the ready. Pokémon? No, notice boards! In the Notice Board mass experiment, researchers and pupils will be undertaking pioneering research together.

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Wanted: Swedish pupils to participate in pioneering research

Press release 29 May 2015

They can be found outside the supermarket, at the bus stop, at the swimming pool: public notice boards, covered in handwritten notes, messages and posters. But what is the function of the physical notice board in the digital age? Who is saying what? And why? Scientists are now seeking the help of school pupils to map the contents of public notice boards around Sweden.

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Swedish pupils’ buried tea bags help to advance climate research

In 2015, Swedish school pupils helped scientists to bury over three thousand tea bags in the countryside. The Tea Bag Experiment is a mass experiment to investigate soil decomposition rates in different parts of the country and how the process is being affected by climate change. The results have now been published and show that the first phase of decomposition is particularly affected by a warmer climate.

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European science festival celebrates 10th anniversary in 27 towns across Sweden

Press release 31 August 2015

On 25 September it’s time for the European science festival Researchers’ Night that is taking place in 300 cities throughout Europe. In Sweden 27 towns are inviting schoolchildren and the general public to meet scientists in a range of activities, including workshops, science shows, science cafés and behind-the-scenes tours of research labs. The aim of Researchers’ Night is to show that scientists are ordinary people with extraordinary jobs.

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CARROTS AND APPLES ON TOP AS SWEDISH PUPILS HELP SCIENTISTS MAP THEIR EATING HABITS

Press release 29 May 2015.

Swedish children and teenagers are pretty diligent at eating fruit and vegetables, according to the results of a mass experiment organised as part of Researchers’ Night. In the Vegetable Experiment, scientists at the Swedish National Food Agency enlisted the help of over 5500 pupils, who acted as research assistants for a day. Carrots and apples top the list of most eaten vegetables and fruit.

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Swedish children to help climate scientists by burying tea bags

Press release 9 February 2015.

Is it possible to read the future in tea leaves? This is what scientists at Umeå University are hoping to find out and they are now looking for school classes across Sweden to participate in a mass experiment that will help to inform climate change research. The so-called ‘Tea Bag Experiment’ is part of the European science festival, Researchers’ Night.

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A celebration of science – Researchers’ Night showcases research in 300 European cities

How does weightlessness affect the human body in space? Can sewage be used to generate electric energy? How do you clean paintings using bacteria? What does a singing whale sound like?

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Four minute research – contest to find Sweden’s best science communicator

For the 3rd year, researchers across Sweden will be competing to see who can present their research in the most inspiring and educational way – in just four minutes. Eleven regional heats of the Swedish science communication competition  – Researchers’ Grand Prix – will be taking place on 26 September as part of the European science festival Researchers’ Night.

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