On the 24 – 25 September 2021, 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).

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 2021, it is hoped that we will be able to offer both physical and online activities.

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 Julia Brink, Project Manager of European Researchers’ Night in Sweden, [email protected], tel +46 8 73 705 73 21

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.


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