Researchers’ Night is an annual European wide initiative bringing together the general public face-to-face with researchers since 2005. The Swedish non-profit association Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science) has coordinated the Researchers’ Night events in Sweden since 2006. The events take place in 20-30 cities throughout the country and offer a variety of hands-on and interactive activities as well as informal dialogues with researchers. Local organisers are universities, science centres, municipalities, tourism companies and regional councils.
The local events have common objectives and a common identity through a joint logo, website and other marketing materials. In order to develop the activities offered and enhance the common features, all local organisers meet twice a year and also have regular telephone meetings. Important aims of the Researchers’ Night in Sweden are to exchange experiences between organisers, develop successful event activities and document and disseminate best practices.
Successful science dialogue concepts from the Researchers’ Night events of the last years have been systematically gathered and described in an interactive online toolbox. The digital toolbox uses interactive mind maps to give a well-structured overview of the different dialogue approaches. It is based on image-based learning with a mind map structure, texts and pictures which leads to a pedagogical and attractive interface. A wide range of activities are described in terms of suggested target groups, how best to prepare the activity as well as advantages and challenges of the dialogue concept. The toolbox inspires and gives science communicators and science event organisers ideas and hands-on instructions on how best to organise different types of science communication activities.
The science dialogue toolbox which was supported by the European Commission and the Swedish Research Council will be presented at the conference.
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Science dialogue toolbox
Best practices of science communication

Cissi Askwall   Public & Science, Sweden

Klas-Herman Lundgren   Public & Science, Sweden

Lotta Tomasson   Public & Science, Sweden

Researchers’ Night is an annual European wide initiative bringing together the general public face-to-face with researchers since 2005. The Swedish non-profit association Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science) has coordinated the Researchers’ Night events in Sweden since 2006. The events take place in 20-30 cities throughout the country and offer a variety of hands-on and interactive activities as well as informal dialogues with researchers. Local organisers are universities, science centres, municipalities, tourism companies and regional councils.
The local events have common objectives and a common identity through a joint logo, website and other marketing materials. In order to develop the activities offered and enhance the common features, all local organisers meet twice a year and also have regular telephone meetings. Important aims of the Researchers’ Night in Sweden are to exchange experiences between organisers, develop successful event activities and document and disseminate best practices.
Successful science dialogue concepts from the Researchers’ Night events of the last years have been systematically gathered and described in an interactive online toolbox. The digital toolbox uses interactive mind maps to give a well-structured overview of the different dialogue approaches. It is based on image-based learning with a mind map structure, texts and pictures which leads to a pedagogical and attractive interface. A wide range of activities are described in terms of suggested target groups, how best to prepare the activity as well as advantages and challenges of the dialogue concept. The toolbox inspires and gives science communicators and science event organisers ideas and hands-on instructions on how best to organise different types of science communication activities.
The science dialogue toolbox which was supported by the European Commission and the Swedish Research Council will be presented at the conference.

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