On 15 November 2022 the Forum for Science Communication was celebrating its 10th year! Close to 500 people participated in a half day conference featuring inspiring speakers, practical tools, discussion and networking, followed by a celebratory evening networking event.
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 directed 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 discussed the expectations and role of science communicators as well as ways to further professionalise the field. We showed examples of how research findings are published and looked at ways to work with the media and journalists. The SciComm Project of the Year Award showcased inspiring local and regional science communication projects.
For the first time, Natur & Kulturs popular science prize was awarded during the conference.
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 are marked in the programme below.
15 November 13.00-17.15 CET
13.10 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.
- Katarina Bjelke, Director General, The Swedish Research Council
- Karin Grönvall, National Librarian, The Royal Library Kungliga Biblioteket
13.25 – 13.40, (English)
- Brett Hooton, Director, Communications and Operations, McGill University
13.40 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?
- Peter Andréasson, Acting Communications Director, Karolinska Institutet
- Jonas Ludvigsson, Professor, Karolinska Institutet
- Thomas Nygren, Professor, Uppsala University
14.10 Communication in practice – parallel sessions
1. Inspiring examples of courses in science communication for researchers
Anna Maria Fleetwood, The Swedish Research Council, and Sara Arvidson, University of Mälardalen
Åsa Idrén and Daniel Ekman, Jönköping University
2. Successful recipes for communicating science to the public
Fiona Murray, University of Edinburgh (English)
Take top academics, contentious research, add a comedian and it’s the force of nature that is the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI). Now in its 11th year.
Julia Brink, Vetenskap & Allmänhet
Borrow a Researcher, a part of ForskarFredag (Researchers’ Friday)
Sverker Lundin, Sveriges Unga Akademi
Paus 14.55- 15.15
15.15 The Conversation: Research and Journalism
- Miriam Frankel, science editor, The Conversation
15.40 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!
- Lisa Göransson, Associate professor, Chalmers
- Karin Wik, Communications Manager Chalmers
- Agnetha Bäckström, Planning Editor, TV4 Nyhetsmorgon
- Torill Kornfeldt, science journalist
16.15 Dela med dig
This years winner of, Dela med dig – a reward that promotes research communications, will be announced.
16. 20 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!
- Ingrid Persson, Communications Manager, Malmö university
- Gustav Bohlin, Deputy General Secretary, Vetenskap & Allmänhet
- Charlotte Simonsson, Associate Professor, Lund University
- Caroline Thunved, General Secretary and CEO, Sveriges kommunikatörer
17.00 Natur & Kultur’s popular science
Viktor Hariz will be awarded Natur & Kultur’s popular science prize
Moderator: Anders Sahlman.
The event will be held mainly in Swedish.
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!
- Viktor Hariz will be awarded Natur & Kultur’s popular science prize and speak about P3 Dystopia and working with podcasts.
- Miriam Frankel, the Conversation, will be attending and talking about the book “Are you thinking clearly?”
The networking event is sponsored by Natur & Kultur.
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.