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:


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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?

Members of the public across Europe could learn about the fascinating and diverse work of scientists and discover the answers to these questions and many more at the 2014 Researchers’ Night on 26 September.

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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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Swedish researchers seek pupils to help map eating habits

Press Release 13 May 2014

How much fruit and vegetables do children and teenagers consume in Sweden? The Swedish National Food Agency is looking for investigative pupils who want to be research assistants for a day. This mass experiment is part of the science festival, Researchers’ Night.

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10,000 pupils assist Swedish scientists with climate research

Press release 11 April 2014.

Spring is now here and it arrives earlier each year.  A warmer climate means an earlier spring and a later autumn. But how is the delayed onset of autumn affecting the Swedish ecosystem? A mass experiment involving over 10,000 pupils across Sweden is helping scientists to study the effect of climate change on deciduous trees in autumn.

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Science matters: 300 cities celebrate Researchers’ Night

Robotic shows, live link-ups with NASA scientists, energy-generating dancing, murder mysteries to solve and real-time outdoor projections of the sun. These were just a few of the thousands of free activities that took place on 27 September at the 2013 Researchers’ Night – Europe’s largest science festival. 

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