Science Slam

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A Science Slam is a way to share research with the public in an entertaining way. Six researchers give presentations to an audience on completely different topics of current, socially beneficial research. The audience is the jury and votes for the person that can inform, entertain and engage the audience the best with their presentations. The researchers present their research in a given time frame, maximum eight minutes. They may use props to support their presentation and engage the audience with props, such images, videos and objects. Inspired by the concept of Poetry Slam, where poets recite original work in front of an audience that votes the winner. The first Science Slam was held in Braunschweig in Germany in 2008. Läs mer

Researchers’ Grand Prix

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The Researchers’ Grand Prix is a Swedish competition in which researchers compete to give the best presentation about their research within a set amount of time. Between 5-8 researchers have just four minutes each on stage to present their research in front of a public audience. A jury of three people, representing academia, the media and the performing arts, judges the presentations on the basis of performance, structure and content. After a quick reminder from each of the competitors, the public is invited to vote using an audience response system, SMS or some other method. The jury then awards its points. The points are added up to determine the winner, who goes forward to a national final held in Stockholm in the late autumn. Läs mer


Storytelling is about developing and visualising a company’s or an organisation’s own narrative about themselves and their business. It involves putting the emotional elements of their work and personal experiences into words. The stories need to be dramatized to ensure they come to life and are not too long. You can engage a person with storytelling skills to guide participants on how to do this or alternatively use examples of short stories in books, online, etc. Storytelling is at its best when it involves oral stories based on reality. Läs mer

Forum theatre

Forum theatre is an interactive form of theatre in which the audience gets the opportunity to change and influence the performance. One or several scenes are acted out for the audience. The scenes always contain a conflict and end when the conflict is at its worst. When the same scene is acted out again, the audience is invited to stop the play. The person who calls a stop to the play is invited to take over one of the roles and try to continue the play in a way that reduces or breaks up the conflict. After trying out their suggestion, the person who did the swap goes back to their place in the audience. The original scene is acted out again and other members of the audience can stop the action and take over a role to test out alternative ways to change the course of events. The format can be adjusted to be shorter, where scenes are only played out once and the audience is able to comment and guide the actors instead of participating themselves. Läs mer

Bus tours with researchers

In order to showcase interesting initiatives in the local area, you can organise a bus tour that is accompanied by researchers. The idea is to visit a number of initiatives and hear directly from people engaged in them. For example, the Swedish organisation Ideell Arena arranged a bus trip to a number of urban gardening sites in order to show how similar types of community projects can be organised in completely different ways, ranging from an uncoordinated guerrilla gardening movement to a community running a 100-year–old allotment. The guide was a researcher who talked about the history of the movement in Sweden and how urban gardening has evolved over the years. At the various sites, the researcher interviewed someone representing the initiative. Läs mer

Lecture with text message questions

Özz Nujen moderating a panel debate at Researchers’ Night in Trollhättan 2011 with text messages on the screen.

Using a text message service to send questions during a lecture gives the audience the opportunity to ask questions directly and to have an impact on the lecture.

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