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FFF 2022 – Science communication in the spotlight!

The Forum for Science Communication is celebrating its 10th year! On 15 November 2022, you are invited to participate in a half day conference featuring inspiring speakers, practical tools, discussion and networking, followed by a celebratory evening networking event. You can either participate online or on site in Stockholm.

Anders Sahlman, moderator.
Anders Sahlman, moderator for Forum for Science Communication (FFF).

Climate change, the pandemic, information wars and defence issues are all contexts which have resulted in recent years in increased visibility for researchers, science and research. At the Forum for Science Communication on 15 November 2022, we are directing the spotlight onto science communication work.

Science communication brings the scientific community and wider society closer together and helps to create sustainable solutions to societal challenges. It also plays an important role in maintaining democratic societies and acting as a counterweight to authoritarian regimes, knowledge resistance and disinformation.

At FFF 2022, we will be discussing the expectations and role of science communicators as well as ways to further professionalise the field. We will be showing examples of how research findings are published and look at ways to work with the media and journalists. The SciComm Project of the Year Award is also back showcasing inspiring local and regional science communication projects.

For the first time, Natur & Kulturs popular science prize will be awarded during the conference.

Book Tuesday, 15 November 2022 in your calendar! The conference will take place from 13.00-17.00 CET, followed by a celebratory evening networking event, which will finish at 20.00 CET. Regardless of whether you join online or on site, you can participate in discussions and networking as well as share your experiences with other participants. Please note that the conference will be held mainly in Swedish. 

Further information about the event will be published regularly on the FFF website and Facebook page.

Programme 2022

The Forum for Science Communication is back with renewed energy and even more discussion. Help us put science communication in the spotlight on 15 November – either online or in Stockholm! It is free to participate. The event will be held mainly in Swedish, any presentations or talks in English will be marked in the programme below during October.

15 November 13.00-17.15 CET

Where are we heading?

Are you up to speed on the latest developments in science communication and open science in Sweden and internationally? We will provide you an overview of what is happening right now and what you should keep an eye on in the future.

Research in the spotlight

What happens when research gets thrown into the public spotlight? What can you do on a practical level to make research accessible and promote it?  And how should you deal with source criticism and misinformation?

Your role now and in the future

We will be exploring your everyday life as a communication professional. What expectations and demands do you face? Together, we will be discussing the professional role of those working in communication and their future skills needs. Come along and share your experiences!

Communication in practice – parallel sessions
1. Inspiring examples of courses in science communication for researchers
2.  Successful recipes for communicating science to the public

Hello media!?

Journalists are keen to highlight new exciting research and are constantly looking for experts who can contribute with comments and insights. What happens in the editorial department when a news story is created? What do communication professionals and researchers need to think about when they are liaising with the media and who calls who? Let’s find out what goes on behind the scenes!

Speakers include:

  • Gustav Bohlin, Researcher and Deputy Secretary General, Vetenskap & Allmänhet
  • Katarina Bjelke, Director General, Swedish Research Council
  • Agnetha Bäckström, Planning Editor, TV4 Nyhetsmorgon
  • David Edvardsson, Ministry of Education and Research
  • Stefan Eklund, Editor in Chief, Borås Tidning
  • Miriam Frankel, Science Editor, the Conversation
  • Maria Gunther, Science Editor, Dagens Nyheter
  • Brett Hooton, Director, Communications and Operations, McGill University
  • Thomas Nygren, Professor, Uppsala University
  • Ingrid Persson, Communications Manager, Malmö university

More speakers will be announced shortly.

Moderator: Anders Sahlman.

The event will be held mainly in Swedish. 

Register here

You can participate online or in person at Bryggarsalen, Norrtullsgatan 12N, Odenplan, Stockholm 

Celebrate with us! 17.30–20.00 CET

Once the conference finishes, it’s time for FFF’s 10th anniversary party! Celebrate with us, chat with other participants, and meet the speakers and award winners. There will also be music and a few surprises!

The networking event is sponsored by Natur & Kultur.

Organisers

The Forum for Science Communication 2022 is organised by the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science) together with the research councils Forte, the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova, as well as Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Knowledge Foundation, the National Library of Sweden, the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. FFF 2022 is also supported by the Natur & Kultur Foundation.