"to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society"

Public understanding and engagement in science

Invited international speakers and representatives from key Swedish organisations will present and discuss developments in this area.

How to turn your science into a story
Alok Jha, Journalist. Introduction by Linda Keeling, Chairman of the Swedish National Committee for Biology, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Watch the other lectures from the seminar at KVATV




Beijer Hall, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences


Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm



The Swedish National Committees for Biology and Geology


The event is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants. (Registration form is found further down at this website). Please note that registration is binding.


Alok Jha is a journalist and broadcaster based in London. He is science correspondent for ITV News and, before that, was science correspondent at the Guardian. He has presented science programmes for BBC2 and BBC Radio 4. Alok received a science-writing award from the American Institute of Physics in 2014, was named European Science Writer of the year in 2008, and has been shortlisted for awards by the Association of British Science Writers and the Medical Journalists Association.

Alan Irwin is a Professor in the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and also the CBS Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Alan has published over a number of years on issues of science and technology policy, scientific governance, environmental sociology and science-public relations.

Marlene Zuk is a biologist and writer interested in animal behaviour. She studies the evolution of insect mating behavior, and is also interested in the ways that people use animal behavior to understand humans, and vice versa. She is a professor at the University of Minnesota, United States and has also written four books for the general public.

Dick Kasperowski is Assistant Professor of Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. Informed by current perspectives in science and technology studies (STS), his main interests include governance of science, citizen science, participatory practices and open collaborative projects in scientific work. He is principal investigator in the multidisciplinary project Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online.

While some areas of science are quickly grasped by an interested and engaged public despite their complexity, others are obscured by myths and misinformation. There are many opportunities in Sweden to promote the dissemination of scientific results to the general public, but why do people engage themselves in some research topics and not others? And does engagement improve understanding?

International and Swedish experts will talk about good and less good experiences of public engagement in biology and geology. A panel, with active participation of the audience, will discuss how Sweden can best move forward in this area.

A detailed programme is available for download at this webpage (to the right). Please note that this symposium will be webcast live at kva.se and will later be available as video-on-demand at kvatv.se.



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