Researchers’ views on Science Communication and Open Science


Last week Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), a Swedish non-profit acting to promote dialogue and openness between researchers and the public, released an interesting report together with Vetenskapsrådet. The report deals with Researchers’ views on Science Communication and Open Science, and is the result of comprehensive interviews with researchers, science communicators and research funders in Sweden.

Some of the results include:

  • science communication is seen as important, particularly for democratic reasons
  • the biggest obstacle is lack of time and the fact that it isn’t seen as a merit
  • researchers experience positive support from their colleagues when they do science communication outside of academia
  • researchers rarely use social media for science communication
  • open science is an unfamiliar term for many, who instead associate it with open access (of research publications)

The report and news post about it are currently only available in Swedish.

Public & Science news post about the report (Swedish)
Full text of the report (Swedish)

The results of the report were presented and discussed at a seminar at Vetenskapsrådet on March 23rd 2018. A recording of the seminar (held in Swedish) is available here:

Text: Signe Wulund