Interest in research dissemination and utilization and in collaboration between universities and society at large has increased significantly in recent years. Many attempts have been made, and are still being made, to increase the range of contact between the universities and the rest of society. Nevertheless we have to acknowledge that comparatively little is known about this process. Is priority being given to the right things? Is there a mutual exchange of experience and problems? What effects are being achieved in the short and the long term? Are they worth the price? What form does the practice of knowledge, the learning process, take for different professions - and what are the motivating forces behind their search for knowledge? At present there are no firmly established theories on the communication of information between research and practice, and there is a need to develop satisfactory forms and methods.

Research on science communication and knowledge utilization is a growing field in Sweden. There are many researchers from different disciplines who are working in the area there is a scientific conference in the field with the name Universities and Society in Collaboration. The conference is held every second year and started in 1999. Research on the subject of the spreading of research information can be seen as a field of research on the way in which science and practice meet. It is a meeting that can vary in character depending on the field of knowledge in question, which groups of practitioners are involved, different cultural and social frames of reference and so on. Describing and trying to explain this complex encounter is a difficult task, which is presumably facilitated by researchers from within different disciplines approaching the question on the basis of their own set of theoretical and methodological instruments. In this paper we describe the state of the art on research on Science Communication in Sweden

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Research on science communication – the swedish case. paper to PCST-9

Thomas Tydén   Adj professor in education at the University of Örebro

Interest in research dissemination and utilization and in collaboration between universities and society at large has increased significantly in recent years. Many attempts have been made, and are still being made, to increase the range of contact between the universities and the rest of society. Nevertheless we have to acknowledge that comparatively little is known about this process. Is priority being given to the right things? Is there a mutual exchange of experience and problems? What effects are being achieved in the short and the long term? Are they worth the price? What form does the practice of knowledge, the learning process, take for different professions - and what are the motivating forces behind their search for knowledge? At present there are no firmly established theories on the communication of information between research and practice, and there is a need to develop satisfactory forms and methods.

Research on science communication and knowledge utilization is a growing field in Sweden. There are many researchers from different disciplines who are working in the area there is a scientific conference in the field with the name Universities and Society in Collaboration. The conference is held every second year and started in 1999. Research on the subject of the spreading of research information can be seen as a field of research on the way in which science and practice meet. It is a meeting that can vary in character depending on the field of knowledge in question, which groups of practitioners are involved, different cultural and social frames of reference and so on. Describing and trying to explain this complex encounter is a difficult task, which is presumably facilitated by researchers from within different disciplines approaching the question on the basis of their own set of theoretical and methodological instruments. In this paper we describe the state of the art on research on Science Communication in Sweden

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